Eagles coach Nick Sirianni’s biggest bye week priority

It hasn’t value them.


We all know that in the future the Eagles’ offense goes to need to get up in the second one half of to win a soccer sport.

One of the biggest issues Nick Sirianni and his group of workers might be learning over the following week is the Eagles’ second-half scoring drought.

The Eagles are the highest-scoring first-half crew within the NFL, with maximum of the ones issues coming in the second one quarter. They’re averaging 21 issues in step with sport sooner than halftime – six extra issues in step with sport than anyone else.

That’s the Tenth-most first-half issues in NFL historical past via six video games and maximum for the reason that 2000 Rams – the Greatest Show on Turf – averaged 21.2.

The moment half of? They’re averaging 5.8 issues in step with sport. Only the Titans are worse.

It’s been sufficient to head 6-0, but it surely’s bizarre and odd and ridiculous and unimaginable to grasp.

Sirianni has noticed sufficient large leads disappear, sufficient video games come all the way down to the general mins that did not need to. The bye week is an ideal time to determine this out.

“It’s just finishing the game,” Sirianni mentioned. “Here is what makes it onerous to play a whole sport. A crew that is actually excellent at the different facet. So, yeah, in fact we have been up 20-3 on the half of (Sunday) and would’ve cherished to only reproduction that and win the sport 40 to six, however within the grand scheme of items that is onerous to do.

“The second half is played a little bit differently, so you just want to finish the game. I think there is no doubt that … we haven’t played a complete game in the sense of we haven’t really blown open a game when we have had two-score leads.”


The Eagles led the Lions by way of 17 and hung directly to win by way of 3. They led the Vikings by way of 10 and didn’t rating every other level. They led Washington by way of 24 at halftime and didn’t rating once more. They scored 20 in opposition to the Jaguars within the first half of and 9 after halftime. They led the Cards by way of 14 early and hung directly to win by way of 3. And Sunday they led Dallas by way of 20 in the second one quarter sooner than giving up 17 immediately issues.

They’ve performed six video games, and in 4 of them they scored 20 or extra issues within the first half of and 9 or fewer in the second one half of. That’s just one shy of the NFL document for a whole season.

“We’ve had two-score leads in every game this season, and so you want to just be able to end a game and put a game away,” Sirianni mentioned. “I feel that is what we are speaking about, is to only actually end the sport and put it away.

“Things exchange the way in which you view issues in the second one half of every now and then whilst you do have those leads, however you at all times need to be competitive and at all times need to put issues at the board, and we have not carried out that. 

“We’ll look at that as coaches and see what we’re doing (and) how we can put our guys in better positions to do that.”

Before halftime: The Eagles are averaging 6.2 yards in step with play, 4.4 yards in step with dashing strive and seven.6 yards in step with move strive and changing 44 p.c in their 3rd downs. 

After halftime: They’re averaging 4.5 yards in step with play, 4.0 yards in step with dashing strive and 5.3 yards in step with move strive and changing 41 p.c in their 3rd downs.

Ten in their 13 performs of 30 or extra yards have come sooner than halftime, together with their 4 longest.

“I think what’s happened in the second half a little bit has just been we’ve driven the ball decently or got a big play to start things off, and then we stall out,” he mentioned. “One … factor I take into consideration the second one half of is we now have had some lengthy drives in the second one half of, specifically the ultimate two weeks the place we actually established the run sport. An eight-minute force, nine-minute force at Arizona, or a seven-minute force this ultimate one. 

“There is a distinction if you end up up two ratings. Again, you at all times need to be competitive and finish the sport. When you might be up two ratings or 3 ratings, no matter it’s, there’s a little little bit of a distinction (as a result of) you might be seeking to make the sport cross as rapid as imaginable.

“Now, that doesn’t mean any less aggressive, so we’ve got to figure it out. That’s our job as coaches, to figure it out … and work to help us get over that hump and completely finish a game. We’re frustrated by that too and we want to finish a game up those three scores.”


The Eagles’ 21.0 issues in step with first half of are forward of the NFL document tempo. The Patriots averaged 20.8 in 2007.

And their 5.8 issues in the second one half of are on tempo to be some of the 20 worst recorded for the reason that NFL went to a 16-game season in 1978.

“I know I don’t want to put my dad in that situation where he has to sweat through that game,” he mentioned. “I can handle it right now, but I don’t want my dad to have to handle it. We’ve got to do a better job there, and we’ll work like crazy to do so.”

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