Eagles observations: The most intriguing thing about this Eagles-Cowboys game

A nagging downside the Eagles wish to repair, what Sunday’s game method for Jalen Hurts and ideas about Jordan Davis’s taking part in time.

It’s a Week 6 version of Roob’s Random Eagles Observations as all of us get in a position for some Eagles-Cowboys prime-time madness Sunday evening on the Linc.

1. I will be able to’t wait to peer how Jalen Hurts performs towards this loaded Dallas protection Sunday evening. This is the most efficient protection he’ll face for the reason that Tampa playoff game, and we understand how that went. Hurts is a distinct man now, higher provided to dissect what a protection is doing, sooner along with his reads, extra correct along with his supply, extra ready to maintain the blitz. But this protection is outstanding. They’ve allowed 5 touchdowns all 12 months, haven’t allowed a QB to report a passer score of 90, have recorded 20 sacks and 7 takeaways, and so they simply make existence very tough for even the most efficient quarterbacks. I will be able to’t wait to peer how Hurts handles this. So a long way, Hurts has treated the entirety thrown his manner. He’s were given 10 general touchdowns and two turnovers. He’s received 8 directly regular-season begins. He’s within the MVP dialog. But this game is other. National TV. Prime-time. Eagles’ largest competition. An opponent he hasn’t crushed and hasn’t performed specifically neatly towards. A ferocious protection loaded with all-pros. If this doesn’t cross neatly, it’s no longer the tip of the arena. This is Hurts’ twenty sixth profession get started, he’s getting higher each and every week, he simply became 24, and 5-1 isn’t a horrible position to be. But if he lighting it up and leads the Eagles previous a Cowboys staff the Eagles have crushed two times since 2017 in a game that may resolve first position within the NFC East going into the bye, then even the most ardent Jalen critic must in any case simply close up and admit they had been unsuitable. This game is intriguing for a ton of causes however none extra so than what it method for Hurts.


2. The Eagles and Cowboys have performed two times a 12 months since 1961, however most effective 4 Eagles quarterbacks have crushed the Cowboys two times in a season. Sonny Jurgensen did it in 1961, his first 12 months because the Eagles’ beginning QB, and no person else did it for 27 years, till Randall Cunningham beat Dallas two times 3 years in a row – 1988, 1989 and 1990. Then Donovan McNabb in 2000, 2001 and 2004 and Michael Vick in 2011. And that’s it. The Eagles additionally swept the Cowboys in 1964, 2000, 2002 and 2006 with two QBs – Jack Concannon and King Hill in 1964, McNabb and A.J. Feeley in 2002 and McNabb and Jeff Garcia in 2006.

3. Last 12 months the Eagles had been the most efficient tackling staff within the NFL. This 12 months, they’re some of the worst. According to Pro Football Focus’s tackling grades, the Eagles rank thirtieth within the league tackling with a 37.6 grade, forward of most effective the Browns (35.9) and Jaguars (29.6). The Eagles’ weekly tackling grades this 12 months are 29.3 vs. the Lions, 43.8 vs. the Vikings, 79.5 vs. Washington, 48.8 within the Jaguars game and 40.4 in Arizona. Not excellent. The largest offenders by means of proportion of take on makes an attempt: Haason Reddick [36.4], Chauncey Gardner-Johnson [24.2], Josh Sweat [23.5], James Bradberry [23.5], Josiah Scott [22.2], Javon Hargrave [20.0], T.J. Edwards [18.4] and Avonte Maddox [17.6]. The Eagles had been credited with 15 neglected tackles within the opener, adopted by means of 12 vs. the Vikings, 4 in Washington, 6 vs. the Jaguars and 11 in Arizona. Most of the large performs the Eagles have allowed this 12 months had been the results of shoddy tackling. It will have to be fixable. And they appeared to be doing significantly better for a pair weeks ahead of regressing Sunday vs. the Cards. Just a question of being in place, wrapping up and getting numbers to the ball. But the truth that the Eagles’ protection has been this leaky tackling and continues to be permitting most effective 16.2 issues in step with game is loopy. Other than the second one part in Detroit on opening day and the primary part towards the Jaguars, this protection has been very good. They’re most sensible 10 in the entirety. If they might blank up their tackling problems, they’d be even more difficult to attain towards.

4. Only 17 groups in NFL historical past have dedicated two or fewer turnovers thru 5 video games. Two of them are the 2022 Eagles and the 2022 Cowboys. Since 1999 – Andy Reid’s first 12 months as head trainer – the Eagles are 18-3 vs. the Cowboys when they’re plus-one or higher in turnover margin and 6-20 after they’re even or worse. The Eagles have received turnover margin in all 5 video games this 12 months, and the Cowboys have in 3 of 5 video games. If you need a key to the game, there it’s. If the Eagles can offer protection to the ball and pressure a turnover or two – towards a staff that hardly turns it over – they received’t lose.


5. Part of me desires to peer Jordan Davis play extra, however I am getting what the Eagles are doing, and it is smart. Each week, Davis is taking part in a bit extra, and each and every week he appears a bit extra comfy. First 3 weeks, he were given between 32 and 34 p.c of the Eagles’ defensive snaps. That jumped to 36 p.c for the Jaguars after which 42 p.c Sunday in Arizona, which used to be Davis’s most productive game. Davis used to be a stud at Georgia and a 1st-round select, however he’s additionally a 22-year-old rookie who’s nonetheless studying the NFL game, and there’s no explanation why to hurry him. The Eagles have the luxurious of rotating Davis out and in with Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave, Milton Williams and Marlon Tuipulotu and letting him determine this thing out at a smart tempo. That snap depend goes to stay going up progressively and Davis goes to stay getting higher. I’d bet he’ll be within the 50-60 p.c vary by means of the tip of the season. You can already see the advance, and his ceiling is astronomical. This goes to be a laugh.

6. From 2000 thru 2004, the Eagles had been 9-1 vs. the Cowboys and 5-0 in Philly. Since 2005, they’re 14-21 vs. the Cowboys and 6-11 on the Linc.

7. In his first two seasons, Miles Sanders had runs of 56, 65, 74, 74 and 82 yards, and his dashing moderate for the ones two years used to be 4.9 yards in step with elevate. The final two years his longest run has been 38 yards, however his moderate for those two seasons is 5.2. That tells you the way a lot more of a constant runner he is change into.

8. The Cowboys have most effective allowed 5 touchdowns all 12 months – one in each and every game. They’re the primary staff since 2006 to open a season by means of no longer permitting multiple TD of their first 5 video games and most effective the tenth since 1947. They’ve allowed an NFL-low 8 opposing drives into the crimson zone, giving up 3 touchdowns and 3 box objectives. The Eagles have scored on 18 of nineteen red-zone drives (no longer together with an end-of-game kneel down), with 13 TDs and 5 box objectives. Conversely, the Cowboys’ offense has most effective had 11 red-zone drives (2d-fewest within the league), scoring on 8 of them, and the Eagles defensively had been exceptional within the crimson zone, permitting issues on an NFL-low 67 p.c of opposing drives, forcing a league-high 3 red-zone takeaways and permitting an NFL-low 4.4 issues in step with red-zone power. Neither staff is more likely to get very many red-zone possessions. Whoever takes benefit goes to win.

9. The Eagles have two extensive receivers with 350 yards thru 5 video games. The final seven years, they didn’t have any.

10. You take those stats for what they’re price, however this is attention-grabbing: Quarterbacks who’ve made 5 or fewer profession begins are winless in 12 directly video games towards the Eagles, going 0-11-1 since Stephen McGee led the Cowboys to a 14-13 win at the ultimate day of the 2010 season after the Eagles were eradicated from playoff rivalry previous within the day. Going again to 1998 QBs with 5 or fewer profession begins are 4-28-1 vs. the Eagles, with the opposite wins coming from Damon Huard of the Dolphins in 1999, Bruce Gradkowski of the Bucs in 2006 and the Vikings’ Joe Webb in 2010. Those 33 QBs have generated a mean of 15.4 issues in step with game and just one – Kirk Cousins with Washington in 2014 – publish greater than 27 issues. Cooper Rush? Sunday’s game shall be his 6th profession get started.


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