You've probably heard a lot about how balanced and unselfish the Eagles are this season. They're 9-1 and haven't had a receiver go over 100 yards in a game.
In a way, it's what makes them such a dangerous team.
Opposing defenses can take away Zach Ertz. Or they can take away Alshon Jeffery. Or they can take away Nelson Agholor.
They just can't take away everyone.
And Carson Wentz has been comfortable throwing to all of his receivers all season. That balance has been key for the Eagles, but if Wentz doesn't trust his teammates, it doesn't happen.
"Trust is never just given right away. It's got to be earned," Wentz said this week. "I think we've earned that throughout OTAs. We talked a lot about it, but going to North Dakota this summer, getting that bond with some of those receivers, training camp and everything. I think we've really developed a lot of trust with each other, the whole offense, receivers and tight ends especially. The more games, the more guys get thrown in, I don't really think twice about who's in there. I just kind of know the progression, know the read and just trust those guys."
Whoever gets open, gets the ball.
Wentz doesn't care if it's Alshon or Marcus Johnson. That trust has helped the Eagles become one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL.
It also wouldn't work with selfish players who demanded the ball. The Eagles haven't had a problem with that all season. Even Jeffery, who is in a contract season, hasn't caused a problem. In fact, Wentz said he's the perfect example of a team-first guy. When a teammate scores, it's Jeffery who gets to the end zone to help orchestrate the celebration.
"I think it's really cool for me to see how excited guys get when other guys score," Wentz said. "Maybe another guy was open on the play, but his buddy scored and we're all celebrating together. I think that's just a sign of a really close team and I think we are."
Answering the Qualls
During training camp, rookie Elijah Qualls missed a few weeks with an injury, but when he came back, he looked much better and made the 53-man roster. Upon his return, Qualls said his time away gave him a different perspective and helped him improve.
He's hoping that will be the case now.
Qualls hasn't been active since the Arizona game. That's five straight games without suiting up. But that's likely going to change this weekend. Beau Allen (knee) is officially listed as questionable but after missing practice all week, it seems unlikely he's going to play. That should mean Qualls will be up.
"I'm still learning how to be a professional," Qualls said. "And being able to watch how the group handles each week, both physically and mentally, as far as preparing for each team and recovering for games and everything like that and progressing each week. Being able to see that and how they do that and how people go about it with different approaches, I'm just taking all that and implementing it myself in a way that when it's my time to start playing, I can be as efficient as possible.
"There's definitely things you can take from every experience. I'm not looking at this one as a bad one."
The last time Qualls was active he played 14 snaps against the Cardinals. That was the last game of a four-game stretch where he's seen his only game action.
"I'm always looking forward to playing," he said. "I'm just excited to go out there and contribute. Obviously, it's a special team we have, so to be able to say I helped contribute, it's awesome."
After Jake Elliott went down in Dallas, the Eagles were left without a kicker, which changed normal procedure. Most notably, they went for two-point conversions after all four of their second-half touchdowns and converted thrice.
So instead of four extra points, the Eagles walked away with six points. And over Doug Pederson's tenure in Philly, the Eagles are 10 for 13 going for it on two; that's 20 points instead of 13.
Given their success on two-point conversions, it might make some sense to buck conventional wisdom and start trying it more often. Pederson has thought about it.
"Yeah, I have," he said earlier in the week. "Of course, you always go into a game with a few in your pocket."
He even cited the numbers, saying if the team is around 95 percent on extra points, the two-point conversion rate needs to be around 48 percent to work.
Offensive coordinator Frank Reich said the team has around 15-20 two-point conversion plays. While defenses obviously differ, Reich said there are a handful of coverages teams will use in that part of the field.
While the Eagles have had success, it might stand to reason that if they started going for two more often, opposing teams would have more film of what types of plays the Eagles prefer in those situations, which could hurt the percentage.
Aside from that, looking at the overall numbers sometimes discounts the importance of a single game. For instance, if a team goes 10 for 15 on two-point conversions, it doesn't mean much if they lose a game when they go 0 for 2.
Still, it's food for thought.
"It's something we'll look at going forward," Pederson said.
Quote of the Week I:
"I texted him right after the game. I was like, 'look at you with the golden toe.'"
— Chris Maragos about Kamu Grugier-Hill, who was forced to kick off against the Cowboys.
Quote of the Week II:
"I honestly didn't even know that. I guess that's cool and all but you know how I am about that stuff. At the end of the day, we're 9-1 and that's what we like. You know me, I don't get caught up in that stuff."
— Wentz on leading all players in Pro Bowl voting
Quote of the Week III:
"I don't know. We've got good tacklers."
— Jim Schwartz on why his defense has found success tackling
Random media guide note:
Alshon Jeffery's favorite movies are "Friday" and "The Notebook."