Midway through the 2020 season, Carson Wentz has been inconsistent as a passer. Unfortunately for the Eagles, Wentz's decision-making and turnovers have been problematic. Though, his mobility and ability to make big plays in crucial moments have been instrumental in the Eagles' limited success this season. Additionally, Jalen Hurts has been a great QB to confuse defenses.
Miles Sanders and Boston Scott have each been efficient in their respective time as starters. Sanders has been a versatile back with the explosiveness to pick up big runs on the ground. Likewise, Scott has been a decent backup who can take over as the lead back when necessary.
Protection & Blocking
Through seven weeks of the season, the Eagles offensive line has allowed Carson Wentz to be the most pressured QB in the NFL. While this is infuriating for Eagles fans, this should be expected. Heading into Sunday, Jason Kelce is the only Eagles OL who has not missed a game due to injury or COVID. OL, As a result, Doug Pederson has struggled to create a system to mitigate this line's deficiency in pass protection. Likewise, their run blocking has been shoddy as well.
During this season, the Philadelphia Eagles have developed two unknown receivers into decent weapons. Greg Ward and Travis Fulgham have each been reliable wideouts for Carson Wentz. When starters like Dallas Goedert, Zach Ertz, and Jalen Reagor went down, these two receivers stepped up with big plays and crucial catches to move the chains. Though speaking of Reagor, he played well in his return against the Dallas Cowboys. As a whole, this unit is deceptively deep and could become dangerous.
Skills Analysis Notes
As of week 8, the Eagles offense is inconsistent. Early in the season, Carson Wentz made many terrible decisions, and that cost the Eagles games. However, he has also been responsible for many big-time throws, including a beautiful TD pass to Travis Fulham against the Cowboys. Speaking of Fulgham, he and this receiving corps are a speedy unit that can pick up deep bombs to energize this offense. Furthermore, this team has successfully developed underrated receivers like Greg Ward, Fulgham, and Richard Rodgers. Nevertheless, this team needs to do a better job mitigating drops.
After a very slow start to the season, the Eagles DL is beginning to heat up. Against the Cowboys, players like Fletcher Cox and Vinny Curry had a field day manhandling the Cowboys offensive line. As a result, the Eagles are tied for the third-most sacks in the NFL.
Similar to the offensive line, this LB unit has been battered with injuries. Regardless, these linebackers have been horrendous in coverage. As a result, teams have enjoyed tremendous success targeting players like Nathan Gerry in coverage. However, Duke Riley, Alex Singleton, and Shaun Bradley are a solid group that could bolster this team later in the year.
As a whole, this unit has done a great job limiting opposing receivers. Darius Slay has been a solid corner who makes plays in space and shadows WR1s. Likewise, Rodney McLeod has been a star safety for the birds. However, Nickell Robey Coleman, Cre'Von LeBlanc, and Avonte Maddox have struggled to cover wideouts.
Controlling Field Position
Special Teams and Coaching
Overall Unit Analysis
Jake Elliot has been abysmal from 50+ yards and shanked a 20-29 FG.
Overall Coaching / School Analysis
Even though fans spend lots of time criticizing Doug Pederson this season, he has done a quality job. In fact, Pederson has utilized successful game plans in most of the games he's played in. For instance, he opted to attack the Steelers secondary on the outside to nullify Pittsburgh's strong front seven. Plus, he opted to use a run-heavy approach against Dallas' weak run defense.
Doug Pederson's aggressiveness on two-point conversions is another reason why he is a great coach. Similarly, his aggressiveness calling plays for Carson Wentz is necessary to maximize the skillset of his QB. Overall, Pederson is a creative coach who develops young and raw receivers, creates a good scheme. However, Pederson needs to find more ways to integrate Jalen Hurts into the offense to energize the Eagles. Additionally, Pederson needs to find more ways to keep Carson Wentz on the run.
Overall, this team has completely underperformed expectations. On the offensive side of the ball, Carson Wentz's turnovers have killed this team in multiple mind-boggling losses. His tendency to hold onto the ball too long, coupled with his offensive line's litany of injuries, has led to numerous drive-killing sacks and fumbles. Moreover, his bad reads and poor chemistry with wideouts like John Hightower have led to way too many interceptions. However, quality production from Miles Sanders and Boston Scott has helped the Eagles offense in crucial games.
On the defensive side of the football, the Eagles have been equally inconsistent. On the bright side, this team ranks in the top five for sacks and has been restrictive against passing yards. However, this team has a glaring weakness at the LB position, with players like Nathan Gerry struggling profusely in coverage. However, Nickell Robey Coleman, Cre'Von LeBlanc, and Avonte Maddox have struggled to cover wideouts.
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Despite the Eagles' horrible team grade, they are projected to win the NFC Least (no, not a typo). Even though the Eagles have been a trainwreck through week 8, they are beginning to get healthier. With Zach Ertz, Miles Sanders, Lane Johnson, and Alson Jeffery set to return after Philly's bye, Carson Wentz will have more offensive weapons and pass protection. However, the stellar play from players like Travis Fulgham and Greg Ward will likely continue even after these players return.
Besides the Eagles' improved health, the rest of the NFC East is in shambles. With Dak Prescott sidelined for the rest of the season, the Cowboys have to rely on subpar passers who lack the mobility, arm strength, or IT factor to carry an offense to the playoffs. Likewise, Daniel Jones is still a raw product without a stable offensive line to protect him. Washington is a threat due to its daunting front seven and ball-hawking secondary. However, their offense lacks the firepower necessary to make a run.