It’s amazing how quickly things in the NFL change at the drop of a dime. A month ago, coming off the team’s embarrassing week 6 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, it looked like head coach Nick Sirianni was going to be one-and-done as Eagles head coach.
Now, coming off back-to-back wins over the Denver Broncos & New Orleans Saints, Sirianni has his team on path for the playoffs and his coaching is a big reason why. Adjustments and game planning are a recipe for success in the NFL and that is what Sirianni has done recently. The last 6 weeks the Eagles have committed the 2nd fewest penalties in the league, when they were on pace to lead the league in penalties. Every Eagles season is different and 2021 is no different.
Here are some positives about this 2021 squad. Our second-year quarterback is showing outstanding leadership ability with his legs and play calling, still needs to work on his decision making when throwing the ball, but I am not ripping the guy who has the Eagles at 5-6.
First-year head coach that took some time to settle into the role. Everyone thought this guy was crazy and rightfully so, from playing rock-paper-scissor with prospects to comparing the team to flowers, but it has worked, they have bloomed into a team. Defense is making plays; offense is capitalizing off the defense making plays. Team is reminiscent of the 2017 Eagles and how they made opponents pay for their mistakes. I am not saying this team is Super Bowl bound, I am saying when defense forces turnovers and you convert turnovers into points, it’s a recipe for success.
Philadelphia led the NFL in rushing yards the last three weeks, and they rose to the challenge and ran the ball 50 times for 242 yards against the Saints defense that had allowed just 72.9 rushing yards per game. New Orleans allowed just 3.07 yards per carry entering the game, which was also first in the NFL. Philadelphia averaged 4.8 yards per carry and wore out New Orleans' front seven with three players that ran for 60 yards.
Saints couldn’t contain Hurts on the ground as he ran for 3 touchdowns and it looks like he has perfected the zone read, where he struggled in the early stages of the season.
Next up the 5-6 Eagles who have won three of their last four and face the New York Giants on the road Sunday at 1pm E.T.
Written By: Chris Lahiff
Courtesy of: CEVsports.com
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