SATURDAY 4:30 FedEx Field – Landover, Maryland
PUMP THE BRAKES
SEATTLE should have been competitive, but it should have been a win. Dallas should have been a breeze. I mean seriously, we even came back from being down 21-0. But in both games the Offense just stalled out, and the defense had a single problem that it couldn’t solve all game long (Russell Wilson’s running vs SEA; and covering Dez Bryant vs DAL.) At this point I have no idea who is showing up in our uniforms on game day.
Due to an under-comittment to defending the pass, we’re pretty solid at defending the run. And when we aren’t being ripped for easy completions, we get good pressure on QB’s. So there’s that.
Let me say this: While CB Bradley Fletcher did look bad out there, stranding him out there like that was total bullshit and horrible coaching. I was glad to see Brian Dawkins weigh in and say the same thing. Before I had this website, (some of you may recall) I wrote when we first signed him, that Fletcher was a kitted-up Safety. WHAT A SURPRISE, I WAS RIGHT AGAIN!
That said, our Secondary is an open fucking wound. Everyone knows that we can be had on shallow crossing routes and now they know that our Defensive Coordinator Bill Davis will strand our CB’s even when they are over-matched. This week I hope to see us play some Cover Two. The last time we played this team we didn’t and it was a shootout. Be nice to see if Davis is capable of learning.
Remember throwing the ball deep? Remember Jordan Matthews catching multiple Bubble-screens in game? Remember Jordan Matthews? Where the hell did all that go? Mark Sanchez was never really as in synch with Jeremy Maclin as Nick Foles was; but jeez, I’d rather see Sanchez forcing the ball to Maclin than to Riley Cooper.
I’m not even going to harp on our run game. It’s been up and down all year, and right now it’s down again. We all know why that is, but this week especially is not the time to get on that again.
Even without Foles there’s enough firepower here to shell our opponent. But it all depends on which EAGLES Offense decides to show up.
What can you say about this unit? It has a talented pass rusher in OLB Ryan Kerrigan, and it doesn’t give up a ton of yardage. On the other hand, they have just 4 picks all year long and they allow more points than all but 6 teams. It’s a perfectly “meh” level unit. They should be an ideal “get our confidence back” type of opponent as we work some shit out.
Hey look! RB Alfred Morris is about to rush for 1,000 yards again. In that plodding, one dimensional style of his. Despite the QB’s drawing straws every week to see who starts, WR DeSean Jackson has put up nearly 1,000 yards on just 50 grabs this year, and some of you may recall that he is one hell of deep threat. Maybe some Cover Two would be nice?
If we don’t win this game, we should start Matt Barkley next week. This is an absurdly winnable game for us and it pains me that even though I still think we’ll win, I don’t feel confident that we’ll show up looking to handle business.
EAGLES 24 – 20