Boomer Esiason on GHS believes Patriots' win over Eagles was good one, notes offense will get better

Ryan Hannable
November 18, 2019 - 7:52 am

While some were down on the Patriots following the 17-10 win on the road against the Eagles Sunday, WFAN and CBS Sports' Boomer Esiason was not one of them.

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"If you take this game in a bubble, there are a couple of things the Eagles do have, and that is a very fierce pass rush and a really good defensive line," he said Monday on The Greg Hill Show. "It is one of the reasons why they were throwing as many screen passes that they were throwing. They were trying to limit the number of hits the were going to get on Tom (Brady). The fact that the total number of yards for the Patriots was under 300 yards, that kind of speaks to that defensive line.

"… This was not the Bengals they were playing against, or the Washington Redskins, or even the Giants. This is a really good, physical, experienced defensive line. I think that defensive line showed against many backup offensive linemen for the Patriots. I know we sit here and we say it wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t a Picasso, but a win is a win. You’re on the road against a physical team that is trying to save its season. I walk away from that game saying, ‘Thank God we won it, and now we look forward to next week.’”

Brady finished 26-for-47 passing with 216 yards and a QB rating of 67.3. For the first time since 2010, Brady has gone three games this season without throwing a touchdown pass.

Esiason believes the offense will get better as the season winds down and that includes getting back left tackle Isaiah Wynn likely this week against Dallas.

“What a great left tackle does is it allows the other four offensive linemen to work in concert with one another and you never have to worry about the outside pass rushers coming from the defense’s right side," he said. "That is a big deal because that is where most of the pass rush is coming from. Any time you have a talented, or a first-round talent playing that position, that is the last thing you ever worry about. I think it’s a big deal.

"Marshall Newhouse is not built to be a left tackle against today’s pass rushers. That’s all there is to it and he went out there and gave his best effort, did everything he possibly could and they are still winning football games with that. I look at it a little bit different. I say thank you for giving everything you could even though it’s not the greatest situation for him, or us. But somebody had to do it. Now they get Isaiah Wynn back and hopefully they will be a little bit better over there and they will be a little bit more likely to hold onto the ball and throw it down the field.

"I am just telling you, Philadelphia is a tough, tough physical, experienced football team and I think coming out of there with a win is the only thing that matters.”

The Patriots will host the Cowboys next Sunday afternoon.

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