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Passing Offense (Overall)
Game Notes on Offense
Despite giving up four sacks in this game, the Eagles OL had decent pass protection. Unfortunately for the OL, their QB failed to take advantage of this protection. As a result, Carson Wentz made numerous decisions and plays that could’ve cost the Eagles this game. These mistakes included two deep ball interceptions, fumbles, and drops that ruined eight of the Eagles' ten drives.
Boston Scott is running effectively and efficiently. His elusiveness helped ice the game in the final quarter as he found the open rushing lane and burst through them. However, he had one bad fumble. The run blocking wasn't elite, but it was good enough for Scott to have a solid outing.
After watching this game, it is clear that Carson Wentz needs to get rid of the ball quicker. While his mobility is an asset, his tendency to hold onto the ball long leads to sacks, fumbles, and many other detrimental plays. The good news for Philly is that Wentz also pulled off many big-time throws, including a beautiful TD pass to Travis Fulgham. Nevertheless, he needs to locate open receivers, like Greg Ward, quicker than he did in this game.
In his first game back from injury, Jalen Reagor was utilized often. His elusiveness and footwork made him active in the red zone and on screens. Likewise, his teammate Travis Fulgham excelled against CB Travon Diggs. Even though Diggs had a solid game, Fulgham beat him like a drum in coverage all game long and was a reliable receiver for Wentz. Conversely, John Hightower is a horrible receiver, and the Eagles should give up on him. He cannot locate deep balls at all and looks lost in games.
Controlling the Line of Scrimmage
Game Notes on Defense
The Eagles' aggressive defensive scheme harassed Cowboys QB Ben Dinucci in week 8. Eagles D-linemen Fletcher Cox, Derek Barnett, Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry, and Javon Hargrave combined for a whopping 23 pressures and four sacks. Additionally, Jim Schwartz's safety blitzes with Jalen Mills and Will Parks flustered Dinucci into multiple sacks and bad throws. Even though the Eagles were unable to haul in any interceptions, their coverage was impressive.
While the passing defense was daunting, the run defense was horrible. Considering how bad the Cowboys' OL was coming into this game, it was inexcusable to give up 100+ yards. The entire front seven got rolled over in this area. Fortunately for Philadelphia, their ability to get in the backfield led to big plays. For instance, T.J. Edwards walloped Dinucci to force a fumble recovered by Rodney McLeod for a TD.
In this game, Philadelphia was led by its daunting front seven. While the DL made some mental mistakes in run defense, their consistent pressure ruined the Cowboys' game plan. Pass rushers like Fletcher Cox, T.J. Edwards, and Brandon Graham were especially aggressive and successful. However, LBs Alex Singleton and Duke Riley struggled in coverage and looked lost at times.
On the back end, the Eagles' safeties were outstanding in this game. Rodney McLeod, Will Parks, and Jalen Mills were a versatile DB group that made numerous big plays. Simultaneously, they limited the Cowboys to less than 40 yards combined. However, cornerbacks Darius Slay and Avonte Maddox struggled a bit against Michael Gallup.
Play of the Game
T.J. Edwards forced fumble recovered by Rodney McLeod for a TD.
Comments on Coaching
Pederson's run-heavy approach worked with Boston Scott as the featured running back. By leaning on the run, Pederson kept a good game tempo and won the game late. Overall, Pederson called good plays, but his QB needs to be more accurate and make better decisions. That is why Pederson opted to take the ball out of Wentz's hands in the second half, which was great game management.
However, the Eagles' coaching staff had its share of mistakes too. For instance, the team's execution in the run game was horrible considering this team's defensive line. Likewise, the Eagles offensive staff needs to do a better job preparing Wentz and getting him on the run for bootleg passes. Additionally, this team needs to do a better job integrating Hurts into the offense since that would probably take some pressure off Wentz.