Philadelphia Eagles: The Defense has Quickly Become a Liability

Through the first twelve weeks of the season, the Philadelphia Eagles defense was one of the best statistically in the league. Over the last three weeks, the defense has been mediocre at best. Despite still boasting a top run defense the
Eagles have allowed 20-plus points in each of the last three games and despite the Mr. Hyde-like defensive performances, the offense has rallied to win two of those three games. The main story surrounding the Eagles has been the loss of star QB Carson Wentz. However, after a 4 TD game against the New York Giants, backup turned starter, Nick Foles has proven that the offense was more than a one-man show.

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Before the injury to Wentz, the Eagles looked like the odds-on favorite to represent the NFC at Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis. After the injury, however, the consensus was that the Eagles won’t be able to compete without their superstar QB. In a game-and-a-half, Nick Foles has led the Eagles on a game-winning drive against the LA Rams and torched the Giants for 4 TDs and 237 yards to finish with a 115.8 QB rating. The offense seems to be trending upward heading into the playoffs. The defense, however, is going in the opposite direction.

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Over the last three games, the Philadelphia Eagles defense has allowed 1121 total yards. 504 vs the NY Giants, 307 vs LA Rams, 310 vs. Seattle. The pass defense has been the most concerning part of the problem. Eli Manning burned the birds’ defense for 435 yards but the turning point in the game was on a Ronald Darby INT. Down 20-7, the heavily favored Eagles looked done and dusted but the game changed on the crucial turnover. Following Eli Manning’s INT, the Eagles would out-score the G-men 27-9 en route to their twelve wins of the season. In the process, the Eagles clinched a crucial first-round bye in the playoffs. Now the Foles-led Eagles only need two wins in January to win the NFC.

Looking ahead for the birds, they’ll finish with two home games vs. Oakland and Dallas. Win-out and the road to Minneapolis will go through Philadelphia.

 

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