The Eagles are the defending Super Bowl champions, but they certainly haven’t looked like it so far this season. They come into Monday Night Football with a 5-6 record and haven’t won back-to-back games all season. Everyone in Philly has been waiting for them to return to last year’s form, but it hasn’t happened yet this season. Here are three things fans in Washington should know about the 2018 Eagles:
1. This isn’t the same offense
The 2017 Eagles had a dynamic offense that scored over 28 points per game and swept the Redskins by scoring 30 points and 34 points last season. Well, this year, the Eagles have gone over 30 points just one time in 11 games and are averaging a measly 20.9 points per game, good for 23rd in the NFL.
Carson Wentz has looked like a dynamic player at times this season, but the rest of the offense hasn’t followed. The Eagles even made a trade for Golden Tate at the trade deadline but have failed to integrate him into the offense. It was supposed to be a move to get the Eagles back to being that dynamic offense, but it certainly hasn’t worked.
2. Takeaways haven’t been there
Through 11 games, the Eagles’ defense has actually been pretty good. They have given up just 23.0 points per game. But they also have just eight takeaways. Those big plays just haven’t been their for Jim Schwartz’s unit. This is the fewest takeaways the Eagles have had through 11 games in franchise history, which tells you how bad it’s been. They don’t have any player with more than one interception; they have five players with one.
3. The lines are starting to cook
The biggest positive sign from the Eagles in their 25-22 win over the Giants last week was that their offensive and defensive lines led them to victory. Their O-line has been hampered by injuries all season, but is starting to get healthy. That includes Lane Johnson, who has been playing through an MCL sprain, and Jason Peters, who has been playing with a torn biceps. The Eagles were able to run the ball last week and protect Wentz. If they can continue to do that, maybe the offense can get going.
The defensive line is the engine that powers that side of the ball and they’ve been playing much better recently. Michael Bennett has proven to be a menace to opposing offensive lines and getting Tim Jernigan back next to Fletcher Cox has only strengthened their passing attack and run defense.
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