Game Preview – PHI at CLE

Posted: November 22nd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 7 Comments »

The law of conservation of energy states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed – only converted from one form of energy to another.

What does that have to do with the Eagles playing the Browns? Funny you should ask…

Garrett goes down. Ostman rises. There is balance in the universe.

But wait, surely I’m not saying Ostman will play like Garrett. That would be nuts, right? Garrett had a legit shot at NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Of course I’m not saying that. That would be as dumb as predicting Penn State would start the season 0-5.

Is Ostman a secret weapon who will transform the NFL and lead the Eagles to multiple Super Bowls? Probably not. We won’t know for sure, though, until we see him in action.

Joking aside, it will be fun to see Ostman in action. By all accounts, he’s been a terrific practice player. Steven Means was the last guy who got the kind of practice accolades that Ostman does. When Means played, you saw that he was a marginal talent. We’ll likely see the same thing with Ostman, but when you’re 3-5-1, you look for little things to get excited about.

The Browns are 6-3, but a very weird team. They have two losses by 30 or more points. Not even the Eagles can say that. Cleveland lost their other game by 10 points. Three of their wins are by five points or less. Like I said, a weird team.

Cleveland is the #3 rushing team in the league. If the Eagles can control that, they can make like tough for Baker Mayfield and the passing game. I was shocked to see Mayfield has only run for 66 yards this season. I’m sure the coaches will have him on the move on Sunday since the Eagles have struggled with running QBs.

The Eagles have shut down RBs, but Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt will be quite the challenge. The Eagles must get penetration up front to disrupt them and the entire defense must swarm to the ball to limit broken tackles.

I have no idea what to expect from the Browns defense or Eagles offense. Garrett’s absence will hurt a unit that is middle of the pack. The Eagles have been a mess this year, but they will get LG Isaac Seumalo back. That should give the OL a boost. It doesn’t sound like RG Nate Herbig will play, but it would be great if he did.

I’m really curious to see how the Eagles play. Last week’s performance was disappointing because of the loss, but also the way the team looked. They didn’t play with any urgency. If that happens again, the Eagles will lose and the outside pressure on them will increase.

It is possible that the team will play with more urgency. Doug Pederson’s teams have struggled coming out of the bye. Will they wake up and get going this week?

I wouldn’t be shocked for the Eagles to win this game. That’s not based on X’s and O’s so much as the fact they are going to have a good game at some point. We’ve seen all the things that can go wrong. One week things will go right and the team will win a game they shouldn’t.

I can live with a loss as long as Carson Wentz gets the ball to Travis Fulgham and Ostman gets his 5 or 6 sacks.

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