Sorry for the quiet day. This past week has been crazy. I haven’t been able to fully re-watch the Dallas game so that’s why there is no DGR. I’m going to watch parts of the game today and I’ll post a limited DGR that focuses on a few key players, such as Matt Barkley.
Rather than dwelling on Dallas right now, let’s go ahead and start with Giants talk.
This Giants game could be important. This is the first time a team will face Chip Kelly’s offense for the second time. The Giants get the chance to show how an NFL team can adjust to Kelly’s offense. They did a fantastic job against LeSean McCoy in the first game so that gives them something to build off.
The flip side is that this is Kelly’s first chance to show what adjustments he can make as he plays a defense for the second time in a season. Kelly was very good with adjustments at Oregon. The big test for him is to have a counter-move to the Giants line stunts that ate up Jason Kelce a few weeks back.
I’m looking forward to see what Kelly does and how it works.
One note on adjustments…I think sometimes people look for dramatic changes that are obvious to everyone. Adjustments can be subtle. Just because you don’t see them casually doesn’t mean that some changes haven’t been made. Often you need to study the tape to pick on on differences. Even then, you may need highly trained eyes and good knowledge of the scheme to see what changes were made.
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Fran shows how taking away slants can be a risky move. Bill Davis discussed this in his PC and I totally get the point. I do think the Eagles should take the risk more than they do, especially inside the 35. At that point you can’t get beat deep. The offense is already in scoring position.
Jim Johnson is known as a crazy blitzer, but that’s really not an accurate label. He believed in bend-but-don’t break defense most of the time. When JJ blitzed, it was usually a safe blitz or zone blitz. Once you got inside the Eagles 40-yard line, all bets were off. That’s when he would send everyone and play super-aggressive. JJ didn’t fear big plays since the offense was already in good position. At that point the risk-reward scale tipped to the side that said to take chance and attack.
I completely understand Davis fearing the deep ball and playing defense based on that. I do think he could mix things up a bit more, especially in the scoring zone. Davis just had his best game last week so I’m curious to see what he does this week and how the Eagles play.
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The Giants won on Monday night. Were you impressed?
To me, the Vikings looked awful. Josh Freeman could not do anything right and the Giants felt totally in control once they hit double digits in points.
It is impossible to say whether the win will suddenly give the Giants some confidence and they’ll get going. The Eagles aren’t a juggernaut, but they’re worlds better than the Vikings. The Giants can win this week, but they’ll have to earn it.
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Can the Eagles win at home? This losing streak is getting ridiculous.
I don’t see any common theme in the losses, beyond the Eagles simply not being good enough on that particular day. I don’t know if the streak is something tangible or is purely circumstantial. It does seem weird to think a team would lose 9 straight home games.
The Giants were the last team the Eagles beat at The Linc. Let’s hope they are the end of the losing streak and the start of a winning one.
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Go watch this video. You’ll love it.