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Birdwatcher
post Nov 7 2017, 10:35 AM
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The Eagles scored on their first three possessions, and on five of their first six. They outscored the Broncos by 17-3 in the first quarter. For the season, the Eagles have outscored opponents in the first quarter, 64-12. They lead the league in first-quarter scoring and in first-quarter points allowed.

The Eagles have scored 50 points and are averaging 5.1 yards per play on their first two possessions. Opponents have scored just 12 points (four field goals) on their first two possessions and are averaging 3.4 yards per play.

Their fast starts have pretty much forced opponents to tear up offensive game plans. It’s why opponents are averaging a league-low 18.4 rushing attempts per game against them.

As was the case with the Broncos, teams find themselves being forced to abandon a balanced attack and throw on nearly every down, which is a huge benefit to the Eagles’ defense, particularly the front four.

This is very different from last year when the Eagles were outscored by 78-56 in the first quarter and often were the ones forced to play catch-up. Wentz has a 131.5 first-quarter passer rating this season. He is averaging 9.8 yards per attempt and has thrown seven TD passes and just one interception in the first quarter.

Last season, he had a 74.3 first-quarter passer rating. He threw just one first-quarter TD pass all season.
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post Nov 7 2017, 11:15 AM
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I think the one exception was the second Redskins game where they came out sluggish but steadily picked up steam as the game went on. That was after the mini bye.

The week off worries me that same break in momentum will result in a slow start against the pukes.



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post Nov 7 2017, 12:40 PM
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QUOTE (Pila @ Nov 7 2017, 11:15 AM) *
I think the one exception was the second Redskins game where they came out sluggish but steadily picked up steam as the game went on. That was after the mini bye.

The week off worries me that same break in momentum will result in a slow start against the pukes.


But because it happened in the Skins game I think the players will be more focused this time, and in that game the Skins deviated from the defensive game plans they used most of the season. With Norman out the birds expected more zone coverage, but they stuck with man coverage and it took 4 series for Wentz to evaluate it before adjusting and subsequently slicing them up nicely. That, in and of itself, speaks volumes to me about how far Wentz has come this year.
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post Nov 7 2017, 12:57 PM
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QUOTE (Birdwatcher @ Nov 7 2017, 06:40 PM) *
But because it happened in the Skins game I think the players will be more focused this time, and in that game the Skins deviated from the defensive game plans they used most of the season. With Norman out the birds expected more zone coverage, but they stuck with man coverage and it took 4 series for Wentz to evaluate it before adjusting and subsequently slicing them up nicely. That, in and of itself, speaks volumes to me about how far Wentz has come this year.

I hope so. I hope Pedey channels his mentor here. Few coaches come back from bye better prepared than Andy Reid. Scheme the shit out of that motherfucker. Self scout, identify tendencies, and formulate a counter plan.

Insofar as players go, take some time off in the Bahamas, then come back invigorated. Fucking destroy the fucking pukes.


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post Nov 7 2017, 06:29 PM
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QUOTE (Pila @ Nov 7 2017, 01:57 PM) *
Fucking destroy the fucking pukes.
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post Nov 7 2017, 06:40 PM
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QUOTE (Pila @ Nov 7 2017, 11:15 AM) *
I think the one exception was the second Redskins game where they came out sluggish but steadily picked up steam as the game went on. That was after the mini bye.

The week off worries me that same break in momentum will result in a slow start against the pukes.


I personally think they're going to stay focused and come back hungry and ready to go into Dallas and essentially close out the division. This team has a higher level of chemistry than I can remember seeing from an Eagles squad.

If they get out to a slow start and get down a couple scores early? Well, it has to happen some time. Other than when we briefly went down 2 TD's to the Chiefs late in the 4th, I'm not sure we've been down by more than a few points all year. We've been getting out to crazy good starts - frankly, I think this team needs to be tested with a little adversity early in a game. I'd rather they just pour it on all day of course.


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post Nov 7 2017, 08:15 PM
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I think the addition of vets like Long and Blount have helped solidify the team culture. The job that Pederson has done in that department cannot be understated.


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post Nov 7 2017, 08:37 PM
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QUOTE (Reality Fan @ Nov 8 2017, 01:15 AM) *
I think the addition of vets like Long and Blount have helped solidify the team culture. The job that Pederson has done in that department cannot be understated.

I couldn't agree more. In fact, outside of Nelson Agholor, Pedey is the biggest factor driving the teams success so far.


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post Nov 7 2017, 09:34 PM
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I assume you are being sarcastic. Feel free to elaborate. If I am incorrect and you like Agholor that much, I'd be interested in your thoughts on that too.

The reincarnation of NA has been amazing. I'm happy for him and the team. However I'm not so sure he is accomplishing a lot more than an an average slot WR would have accomplished in the same situation. I'm not so sure Hollins would have accomplished a lot less than NA has if the roles were reversed.

Maybe I'm just underestimating NA's speed and ability to create separation.

I just think NA has exceeded expectations along with a LONG list of other Eagles players--and coaches.

QUOTE (Pila @ Nov 7 2017, 08:37 PM) *
I couldn't agree more. In fact, outside of Nelson Agholor, Pedey is the biggest factor driving the teams success so far.

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post Nov 7 2017, 10:20 PM
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QUOTE (Joegrane @ Nov 8 2017, 03:34 AM) *
I assume you are being sarcastic. Feel free to elaborate. If I am incorrect and you like Agholor that much, I'd be interested in your thoughts on that too.

The reincarnation of NA has been amazing. I'm happy for him and the team. However I'm not so sure he is accomplishing a lot more than an an average slot WR would have accomplished in the same situation. I'm not so sure Hollins would have accomplished a lot less than NA has if the roles were reversed.

Maybe I'm just underestimating NA's speed and ability to create separation.

I just think NA has exceeded expectations along with a LONG list of other Eagles players--and coaches.

Joe, for the sake of the gODs i don't believe in! C'mon man! Lol


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