Up Against It

Posted: November 23rd, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | Comments Off on Up Against It

Playing the Seahawks is never easy. Things look especially difficult this year.

Lane Johnson is out. It sure sounds like Jordan Howard is out. Both Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor could be out. Hopefully we’ll find out more on them on Saturday.

The defense finally gets healthy and the offense starts falling apart. Ugh.

Andre Dillard will make his first NFL start at RT. Doug Pederson said nothing but good things. Andre sounded a lot more realistic.

This will be a challenging game for Dillard. He might have caught a break, though.

That would be a huge loss for Seattle. Clowney is their most dynamic and disruptive pass rusher.

Pederson said Jay Ajayi is up to speed and should be more than just an emergency option. The Eagles need to run the ball. They can’t do that with only Miles Sanders. They must mix in some touches for Ajayi.

Receiver is a mystery. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens there. If the Eagles don’t bring anyone up from the practice squad, that is likely a sign that the team expects Jeffery and/or Agholor to play.

The good news is that Seattle’s defense is struggling this year. They have allowed 26 ppg over the past three games. They are 23rd in points allowed this season.

This is a huge game for the Eagles and they’re going to be missing some key players. The guys who do play must step up in a big way on Sunday. Seattle is fourth in the league in points scored this year. You aren’t going to beat them 13-10. Your offense must put up some points.

Can the Eagles do that while missing key starters?

Doug Pederson must put together an outstanding gameplan and the players must execute it. The focus will be handling Jadeveon Clowney. The Eagles can’t assume that he will sit out the game. They must plan for him.

It may seem somewhat hopeless to go into a big game like this so beat up and coming off such a poor offensive performance.

The Eagles must run the ball effectively. Last week the blocking wasn’t working. Jeff Stoutland must have his guys fired up and ready to move some people off the ball. And then Carson Wentz must be ready to make the passing game go.

For a variety of reasons, the offense just wasn’t in sync last week. If the offense struggles again, the Eagles will lose. They aren’t going to just shut down Russell Wilson. The Eagles must be able to score some points.

I do wonder if JJ Arcega-Whiteside is ready to have a breakout game. Sometimes young players just need a taste of success to get their confidence where it needs to be. JJAW played pretty well last week. It is up to Wentz to take some chances and throw his way. It is up to JJAW to take advantage of those chances by catching the ball.

Something has to happen for this offense to come alive. Wentz? Sanders? The OL?

Something.

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