History has shown that no negative statistic is insurmountable. At just 5-foot-9, Sam Mills was supposed to be too short to play professional football, yet persevered and became one of the best linebackers of his generation and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame two years ago. The 2019 Chiefs had the fourth
Paul Domowitch: Without Dallas Goedert, Eagles turned to a couple of new personnel groupings to help them beat Chiefs
Like a good many spread-happy NFL offenses, the Eagles favor three-wide receiver sets. In the six games leading up to their Week 10 bye, they had used 11 personnel – one running back, one tight end, and three wides – on 75.7 percent of their offensive plays (305 of 403). But when tight end Dallas
The Eagles’ run game hasn’t been very productive lately. In their first five games this season, they averaged 164 rushing yards per game and 4.6 yards per carry. In their last four games, they’ve averaged just 86.7 per game and 3.1 per carry. They’ve dropped to eighth in rushing (129.7 yards per game) and 21st
Jalen Hurts has played himself back into the NFL MVP conversation. His superb performances the last three weeks in wins over Miami, Washington, and Dallas, have him nipping at the heels of the man many consider the current frontrunner, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. Playing with a bone bruise on his knee that restricted his
Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is coming off a game in which he completed 80.6 percent of his passes, averaged 10.1 yards per attempt, and threw four touchdown passes. The Eagles defense is coming off a game in which it made Washington’s young QB, Sam Howell, look like Slingin’ Sammy Baugh (look him up, boys and
The Eagles’ defense did an impressive job Sunday against the Dolphins’ Greatest Show on Surf. It held Tua Tagovailoa to his lowest passer rating (87.5) of the season and held him to a season-low in passing yards (216). The group also held speed demon Tyreek Hill to 8.0 yards per catch, which equaled his lowest
It’s pretty evident based on the first six games that the Eagles’ new offensive coordinator, Brian Johnson, likes to use his running backs in the passing game a lot more than the old offensive coordinator, Shane Steichen. Last year, just 48 of Jalen Hurts’ 350 pass completions, or 13.7 percent of them, were air-mailed to
The Eagles are 5-0 despite the fact that their offense currently owns the sixth-worst red-zone percentage in the NFL (42.1). They have made Jake Elliott the busiest field goal kicker in the league by converting just eight of their 19 trips inside the 20 into touchdowns. So far, it hasn’t impacted their ability to win
The Eagles’ defense came up small late in the fourth quarter Sunday, allowing Washington to drive 64 yards on 10 plays and score a game-tying touchdown. While Sean Desai’s unit did force a three-and-out in OT that set the stage for Jake Elliott’s game-winning 54-yard field goal, there are legitimate concerns about a defense that
The NFL had an opportunity to ban the Tush Push in the offseason but elected to punt, allowing the Eagles to once again pile up first downs with the QB-sneak-with-friends play. They’ve used the Tush Push eight times in the last two games, including five times in Monday night’s 25-11 win over Tampa Bay, and
Mac Jones and Kirk Cousins aren’t exactly Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. But the two quarterbacks still managed to find the end zone seven times against the Eagles’ defense over the last two weeks. Jones had just the fourth three-touchdown game of his career in the Patriots’ 25-20 loss to the Eagles in Week 1.
While Thursday night’s eye-popping 28-carry, 175-yard rushing performance might indicate otherwise, D’Andre Swift isn’t a workhorse running back. The 5-foot-9, 211-pound St. Joe’s Prep product had just 364 carries in three seasons with the Lions before getting traded to the Eagles in April. Averaged just 8.7 rushing attempts per game in Detroit. Had just four
Many believe the blueprint for beating the Eagles was drawn up and executed in Week 10 when the Washington Commanders laid a 32-21 whoopin’ on them in front of a national TV audience on Monday Night Football. It was the Eagles’ first loss of the season. It’s been their only 2022 defeat in a game
Miles Sanders has been one of the NFL’s most productive running backs this season. He finished fifth in rushing with 1,269 yards. His 34 double-digit-yard runs were the fourth most in the league. He finished tied for seventh with former Penn State teammate Saquon Barkley in rushing first downs with 62. And he was eighth
A rookie quarterback with just seven NFL starts on the road against the league’s best pass rush. Sunday’s NFC Championship Game could be as simple as that. It could very well come down to how much the Eagles’ front four is able to unnerve Brock Purdy and force him into mistakes. Purdy, the 262nd and
When the Giants played the Eagles in Week 18, Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale knew Jalen Hurts wasn’t going to run very much because of his injured shoulder and planned accordingly. This week, Hurts was nowhere to be found on the team’s injury report. Does that mean his sprained throwing shoulder, which coach Nick Sirianni
The Eagles clinched the NFC’s top seed Sunday with a closer-than-it-should-have-been 22-16 win over the Giants JV team. And while the fact that they earned a first-round bye and home-field advantage were all that really mattered about that game, there is one troubling statistic from it that could be a prelude to playoff problems: 1-for-5.
The NFL has officially been keeping track of quarterback sacks since 1982. During that time, just three teams have racked up more than the 68 the Eagles take into Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Giants at the Linc: the ’84 Bears (72), the ’89 Vikings (71), and the ’87 Bears (70). That they have done
The Eagles’ four turnovers against the Cowboys on Christmas Eve were the biggest reason they left Jerryland with a 40-34 loss. But the defense’s uncharacteristically poor play on third down was a very close second. Giving up that 52-yard completion to T.Y. Hilton on third-and-30 in the fourth quarter as they were clinging to a
The question isn’t whether Lane Johnson will line up and play for the Eagles in the playoffs. He will. The question is how effective he will be playing with a torn adductor muscle. Johnson, the Eagles’ four-time Pro Bowl right tackle, suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 40-34 loss to the Cowboys.
Run, Jalen, run: those who think Eagles are putting their QB in harm’s way too much just don’t get it
Jalen Hurts has 156 rushing attempts this season, which leads all NFL quarterbacks and is the third most ever by a quarterback in a season, surpassed only by Lamar Jackson’s 176 carries in 2019 and 159 in 2020. No one seemed to be fretting much about how many times Hurts was running the ball until