Here’s what we saw during today’s Eagles-Cardinals game.
* The Eagles’ offense was up-and-down against a good Cardinals defense, but finished with a whimper. Nick Foles was 21-for-34 for 237 yards and three touchdowns. He took plenty of hits and went 6-for-14 for 62 yards in the second half. After a scoring drive to start the third quarter, the Eagles punted on their next five possessions.
* In the first, the Eagles got off to a good start as the offense 25 yards for a first-quarter touchdown. The tight ends were a big part of the gameplan. All four of Foles’ passes on the possession went to TEs. He connected with Brent Celek over the middle for a 16-yard gain on third down. Foles then faked a toss to LeSean McCoy and found Zach Ertz for a 6-yard score.
* In the second, the Eagles drove 64 yards to set up a 32-yard Alex Henery field goal, but the offense stalled in the red zone. Brad Smith came in for a play at quarterback (Foles lined up out wide) and fumbled the snap. Foles was then sacked on third down. Read more »
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The following Eagles are inactive for today’s game against the Cardinals: QB Matt Barkley, safety Earl Wolff, CB Curtis Marsh, RB Matthew Tucker, LB Emmanuel Acho, OT Matt Tobin and OT Dennis Kelly. Read more »
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With each approaching game, words like challenge and test are thrown around frequently in conversations about Nick Foles.
What we have so far is a sample size (eight games, five starts, 162 pass attempts) that ranks among the best in NFL history. Foles’ jersey from the 7-TD performance against the Raiders is in Canton. And this week, he brought home the NFC Offensive Player of the Month award.
We’ve seen what the Eagles’ offense looks like when Foles is comfortable, firing on all cylinders, throwing completion after completion and touchdown after touchdown. His toughness has never been questioned, going back to last year when Foles started six games behind a makeshift offensive line.
But after every performance, there’s a desire to see more.
How much of this is real? How long can he keep up this pace? What’s next for the second-year signal-caller? Read more »
The last time LeSean McCoy took the field, Redskins defenders were constantly greeting him as soon as he got his hands on the football.
By our count, he had to either break a tackle or avoid a defender behind the line of scrimmage on 12 of 20 carries.
“Just different schemes they had to kind of take me out the game,” McCoy said. “On some of those plays, they wanted Nick [Foles] to keep the ball so they were just slanting, and I was just seeing it and reacting to it. But we have something for that. It’s all about how you want to play us.”
On five occasions vs. Washington, McCoy was dropped for a loss. On the season, he’s been stuffed at or behind the line of scrimmage 24 times. That’s third-most in the league, according to STATS, Inc. Read more »
Not surprisingly, Chip Kelly was peppered with questions today regarding comments Bruce Arians made about the read option on Wednesday.
“I don’t think it’s an offense,” Kelly said. “I think it’s a play. And we don’t run read option if you want to get really technical. We run a zone-read play every once in awhile. It’s just like saying our offense is a power offense because we run the power play. Or the old Green Bay Packers, their offense was the Green Bay sweep offense. It isn’t. Everybody’s got a bunch of plays they run offensively. Everybody’s got quick game, everybody’s got screens, everybody’s got dropback, everybody’s got out of pocket, everybody’s got power, counter, inside zone, outside zone. I never looked at it as an offense.
“I find we use it depending on what the defense is deploying and how they’re doing it. I know Nick [Foles] picked up a couple critical third downs in the Green Bay game for us, picked up a couple critical third downs in the Redskins game for us. But we don’t use it as much as people think we use it.” Read more »
Bruce Arians is not a fan of the read-option at the NFL level.
He made that clear Wednesday morning when he called it a “great college offense” during an interview with Philadelphia-area reporters.
The Eagles, of course, are an option offense and use zone read looks as much as any team in the NFL. So it should come as no surprise that some players in the Birds’ locker room took exception with Arians’ claim.
“I think it’s a great any-level offense, personally,” said center Jason Kelce. “I think anybody who doesn’t think it can be successful at this level is obviously mistaken.” Read more »
We went through the offense yesterday. Here’s a position-by-position look at where the Eagles’ defense stands going into the final five games.
The guys up front have been the key to the defensive improvement. Cedric Thornton leads all the team’s linemen with 58 tackles and has looked like a natural in the two-gap scheme since Week 1. He’s versatile, powerful and has been perhaps the Eagles’ most consistent defensive player all season long.
Fletcher Cox has really come on and has 13 tackles the past two weeks. He has three sacks and leads the team with 19 hurries; no other player has more than eight. Bennie Logan has been a huge upgrade over Isaac Sopoaga at nose tackle. He’s got 15 tackles in the last three games. That’s just three fewer than Sopoaga had in the first eight games.
Vinny Curry, Clifton Geathers and Damion Square round out the rotation. Curry has been the team’s most productive pass-rusher and is tied for the team lead with four sacks. Read more »
From mock drafts to the Eagles’ rise in power rankings, here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Birds this week. Read more »