Great game…until about the 9-minute mark of the 3rd quarter. The offense fell apart after building a 24-7 lead. The defense remained stingy, but did give up 14 points in the 2nd half. There wasn’t anything pretty about the win, but I’ve been a part of some ugly losses to the Cardinals so I’m going to enjoy this result.
The D has now kept 8 straight opponents to 21 points or less. They sacked Carson Palmer 5 times today and got lots of pressure on him. They had 3 takeaways.
Obviously the hot topic will be the offense shutting down in the 2nd half…again.
Here’s the most simplistic explanation I can give you. Late in games, defenses are daring the Eagles to throw. Kelly will spread them out, but defenses will keep 7 in the box. With only 5 blockers, that’s not a winning formula. Defenses are single-covering on the outside and daring the Eagles to throw the ball.
Kelly has 2 choices. He can go to a more conventional set and load up on TEs and use Casey as a FB and then pound the ball. Or he can throw it. Spreading them out and running against a 7-man box isn’t working.
It would help if the Eagles had more of a downhill runner that packed some pop. Shady looks for big plays and loves to move laterally. Late in games you want a N-S runner that will attack the LOS, whether there is a hole there or not.
Nick Foles looked sloppy at times today. He got bailed out in a major way when a flag wiped out an incredibly dumb throw that was picked off. Nick was sharp for a while, but had some off-target throws. Gotta check the tape and see if the Cards were playing good defense or if this was him proving to be human.
The Eagles advance to 7-5 and keep pace with Dallas. The win also helps the Eagles in the Wild Card standings since the Cardinals are one of the teams the Eagles are battling with.
Oh…and the Eagles have won 2 home games in a row. The Linc is basically the new Lambeau.