Eagles O-Line Notes: Week 11
After a solid showing up front for the Eagles the previous week against the Giants, Cleveland was a massive step in the wrong direction. You can’t throw all the blame on the offensive line. The coaching staff didn’t help much either.
There is absolutely no reason that Jason Peters should have been starting over Jordan Mailata. It looks like the coaching staff agrees. In this week’s game against the Seahawks, we will have Mailata at left tackle and Jason Peters at the right guard position.
Last week against Cleveland, Peters allowed 3 sacks and 7 total pressures blocking Olivier Vernon this Sunday during the 22-17 loss. NFL sack leader Myles Garrett didn’t even play and the front 4 didn’t skip a beat.
The Seahawks are terrible against the pass but have a solid run defense. A key for a victory on Monday night will rely on the Eagles offensive line blocking and giving Carson Wentz time in and out of the pocket to make pass plays against a weak Seattle secondary.
For the rest of the group last week, things weren’t that bad. Miles Sanders dominated on the ground (when Doug gave him a chance) and a large part of that was Isaac Seumalo. Seumalo returned for the first time since Week 2 and played fantastic. He will need to continue to play well Monday night if the Eagles want to put up a fight against the Seahawks.
Seumalo pulled often and was the lead blocker on the outside and was able to provide room for extra yardage after several plays. Seumalo’s presence in the open field is something that was heavily lacking for Philadelphia.
Jason Kelce proved to be an absolute warrior once again. A little before halftime Kelce suffered an elbow injury that didn’t look well. Shortly after he returned with a brace and looked to be in a considerable amount of pain but played through it.
Kelce’s dedication to staying on the field is quite admirable. Without his presence at center this entire line would crumble so he is greatly appreciated.
Carlos Dunlap is the leader for Seattle with 4.5 sacks this season. Hopefully Mailata doesn’t skip a beat and can help contain him upfront and the Eagles will provide Carson Wentz more than four seconds to throw the ball against a weak Seattle secondary.
Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger AP