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Eagles in the NFL - Week 4

While our BC Eagles suffered a gut-wrenching loss to the UNC Tar Heels last Saturday, we at least had some alumni playing on Sunday to cheer us up. 

Here’s how some of our former Eagles played in Week 4: 

Matt Ryan - QB, Atlanta Falcons

Week 4 vs. Packers (L 16-30)

BC QB from 2003 to 2007

The face of BC football in the NFL had a rather pedestrian performance Monday night at Lambeau. The good news? Zero picks, zero fumbles, and a respectable 285 yards through the air. Oddly enough, Ryan had the same exact amount of passing yards in BC’s 2007 thriller against #8 Virginia Tech, where he was able to get a last-second touchdown to keep BC’s undefeated season alive and bolster his Heisman resume. In that game, however, MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers wasn’t under center for the Hokies. 

Two offensive touchdowns can win you games in the NFL, but not when your defense is ranked dead last in passing touchdowns allowed, second to last in passing yards allowed, and is facing a quarterback who has thrown zero picks all year. It’s hard to keep your team in the game when the defense gets shredded, and losing Julio Jones in the second half certainly didn’t help. On the bright side, Ryan is now fourth in the NFL in passing yards. 

Week 5 Matchup: Falcons vs. Panthers

Zach Allen - DE, Arizona Cardinals

Week 4 vs. Panthers (L 21-31)

BC DE from 2015 to 2018

Allen began his sophomore season with a bang, recording his first career sack against 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo and helping his team to an impressive win against the reigning NFC champions. The Cardinals have cooled down after their 2-0 start, and week four against Carolina proved they still have a bit of work to do before they reach that next level. Allen had a pretty quiet day, only registering four total tackles (1 solo, 3 assisted). In fairness, it was par for the course for the Cardinals on Sunday, as they were only able to register three QB hits and zero sacks of the mobile Teddy Bridgewater. 

The afternoon certainly could have gone better for Allen and the defense, especially with not having to account for an injured Christian McCaffery. The good news, however, is that after earning the starting job as LDE, Allen started 74% of defensive snaps in week 4, indicating that there seems to be some real trust in the 23-year-old’s talent. 

Week 5 Matchup: Cardinals @ Jets

Chris Lindstrom - G, Atlanta Falcons

Week 4 vs. Packers (L 16-30)

BC G from 2015 to 2018

We have to show some love to the boys in the trenches. After missing most of 2019 with a foot injury, Lindstrom has returned to the Falcons as a starter for their offensive line. It was an up and down night for the Falcons and the 6’ 3” 300 pound Lindstrom. Matt Ryan took a beating, being hit seven times and sacked four. Additionally, Packers OLB Za’Darius Smith had his way with the Falcons, registering three sacks, one of which was a bull rush of Lindstrom that resulted in a highlight reel sack and Lindstrom on the ground. 

On the other hand, Lindstrom was able to help Todd Gurley amass 57 rushing yards and two touchdowns, which were the only touchdowns the Falcons would score that night. Like Allen, Lindstrom has already earned the starting job in just his second year, and it appears that the Falcons are committed to allowing him to develop. Despite a frustrating four weeks for Atlanta, Lindstrom has not missed a single offensive snap over those four games. 

Week 5 Matchup: Falcons vs. Panthers

Matt Milano - LB, Buffalo Bills

Week 4 vs. Raiders (W 30-23)

BC LB from 2013 to 2016

Milano and the Bills continued their undefeated season with a solid win over Las Vegas, but it came at a cost. Through three quarters, Milano had six total tackles (3 solo, 3 assisted) and had given up only 20 yards to receivers he was covering. Milano could not finish the game, however, leaving early in the fourth quarter. It was later revealed that he had sustained a pectoral injury, and coach Sean McDermott told reporters on Monday that he’s considered week-to-week.  What makes the injury all the more frustrating is the fact that Milano had just gotten back from a hamstring injury sustained in week one. 

It’s an unfortunate blow for Milano and a Bills' defense that was already struggling to keep opposing offenses in check. Milano, who has been solidifying himself as a key cog for a team that could make a deep playoff run, should return to action within the coming weeks. Ideally, he’d be back for an upcoming matchup with the Chiefs, where Milano and the Bills will look to prove to the rest of the league that this 4-0 start is no fluke. 

Week 5: Bills @ Titans (TBD due to COVID-19) 

John Johnson III - S, Los Angeles Rams

Week 4 vs. Giants (W 9-17)

BC S from 2013 to 2016

Johnson and the Rams defense had a great opportunity to bounce back from last week’s five-touchdown drubbing courtesy of Josh Allen, and that they certainly did. The Rams held the Giants to just nine points and 295 yards of total offense (to all my other Giants fans: yes, we’re that bad). Coming off an excellent week in which he had 8 tackles and an interception, Johnson had 6 total tackles (5 solo, 1 assisted), and continued his streak of having played all 273 defensive snaps for the Rams this year. 

The Rams offense didn’t show up until late in the game, but they scored when it mattered, and the team improved to 3-1 on the year. In order to recapture the magic from their stellar 2018 season, John Johnson is going to have to be a playmaker for the Rams, and he has certainly done his job so far. 

Week 5 Matchup: Rams @ Washington 

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