All-22 Review: How the Eagles’ Defense Dominated the Falcons

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Some position-by-position thoughts on the Eagles’ defense after watching the All-22 coaches film from their 24-15 win over the Falcons:

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR

*Jim Schwartz turned in another terrific game calling the shots, and while the Eagles have plenty of talent on defense, he’s a big reason the Birds rank third in the NFL in points per game allowed, sixth in yards per game allowed and sixth in takeaways. Against Atlanta, Schwartz’s unit held the Falcons to season lows in points (15), yards (303), first downs (11), offensive plays (48) and time of possession (21:50). Before the game on Sunday, Atlanta ranked first in the NFL in points per game (33.9) and second in the league in yards per game (429.2). Read more »

Three Eagles Starters ‘Questionable’ For Vikings Game

Leodis McKelvin. (Jeff Fusco)

Leodis McKelvin. (Jeff Fusco)

Ron Brooks, Bennie LoganLeodis McKelvin and Mychal Kendricks are “questionable” for the Eagles-Vikings game on Sunday as Sam Bradford returns to Philadelphia with an undefeated Minnesota squad. Meanwhile, Allen Barbre, Jason Kelce, Jordan Matthews, Rodney McLeod and Marcus Smith will be available to play. Read more »

Eagles-Lions, Day After: A Disappointing Defeat

Rodney McLeod and Brandon Graham. (USA Today Sports)

Rodney McLeod and Brandon Graham. (USA Today Sports)

DETROIT — When Golden Tate found daylight around the edge of the Eagles’ defense near the end of the second quarter, he gave viewers a glimpse of why the Lions scored a touchdown on each of their three first-half possessions.

Tate took Matthew Stafford’s shovel pass, picked up eight yards and set up a score on the next play. But to reach the 1-yard-line, Tate managed to get outside by outmaneuvering Mychal Kendricks. The Eagles allowed more points in the first half against the Lions than they did in the first two quarters against their three previous opponents combined, much of which can be explained by the defense losing control of the edge and Kendricks’ poor play.

“They had a couple wrinkles that we hadn’t seen,” Malcolm Jenkins said after the Eagles’ 24-23 loss, “but other than that we missed contain, got penalties, we misfit runs and they’ve got enough players to make plays.” Read more »

Pederson: Mychal Kendricks Has Fractured Nose

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Mychal Kendricks. (Jeff Fusco)

Mychal Kendricks has a fractured nose and knee contusion, but he “should be okay” to play against the Steelers on Sunday, according to Doug Pederson. The Eagles’ head coach added he’s unsure how Kendricks hurt his nose, saying it was some type of “helmet-hand combination.”

Pederson listed Kendricks as day-to-day, as he did with Isaac Seumalo, who still has a pectoral strain. Zach Ertz (rib) and Leodis McKelvin (hamstring) are “healing fine,” Pederson said, but their statuses for the Pittsburgh game remain unclear. Read more »

Seumalo To Start Again; Kendricks, Mills Return

Isaac Seumalo. (Jeff Fusco)

Isaac Seumalo. (Jeff Fusco)

Isaac Seumalo will start at left guard again when the Eagles play the Colts next Saturday, Doug Pederson announced this morning. While Seumalo doesn’t have the starting job locked up when Allen Barbre moves to right tackle, he does have the edge. Read more »

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