All-22: How the Eagles Got Their Pass-Rush Going
Through the first 13 games, the Eagles’ defensive line had accounted for 20 sacks, or about 1.5 per contest.
Against the Bengals, Tommy Brasher’s group sacked Andy Dalton six times and kept him uncomfortable all game long (13-for-27 for 127 yards). So what was different about the performance of the defensive line this time around? Here’s a look at all six sacks, using the All-22 shots.
Play 1: Brandon Graham can thank Dalton for his first sack. You’ll see what I mean below. In the first image, you can see Graham’s lined up wide against right tackle Andre Smith.
You’ll also see Hawkins is wide-open, beating Brandon Boykin. Dalton pumped, but decided not to let the ball go. Here’s another angle.
Play 2: On third down in the second quarter, Graham got sack No. 2. Take a look at the pre-snap look.
After the ball is snapped, Ryans starts rushing to towards the B-Gap between the right guard and right tackle.
The Bengals once again had a chance for a big play to Hawkins. He ran a stop-and-go and got Nate Allen to bite.
Play 3: Trent Cole played one of his best games of the season. On his sack in the second quarter, he got some help from the Bengals left guard.
Cole and Cullen Jenkins run a stunt on the right side.
Play 4: On Jenkins’ sack, he looped all the way outside Cole from his left defensive tackle spot.
Play 5: Remember earlier, we showed Ryans threatening to blitz? Same thing here. On this play, he lines up in the A-Gap between the center and right guard.