Eagles keys to win against Seattle Seahawks
The entire NFL will be watching tonight as Philadelphia hosts the 7-3 Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football. The odds are heavily stacked against the Eagles and if they want a shot at pulling off an upset against one of the NFL’s best offenses in football there needs to be some major adjustments.
It is an absolute crime that Miles Sanders isn’t getting more carries. Right now Miles is 25th in the NFL in carries with 102. In his 7 games, Sanders is averaging under 15 carries a game. At the same time, Nick Chubb is the only running back ahead of Sanders in yards per carry.
Chubb has 6 YPC while Sanders has 5.7. There is no excuse as to why Doug Pederson isn’t giving him any more carries. With how Carson Wentz has struggled one would think that Doug would rely on his elite back more to take pressure off his franchise quarterback.
Seattle’s passing defense is a mess, but so is the Eagles passing game. Seattle is 32nd in yards allowed per game and give up the most passing yards in the NFL by over 400 yards. The Seahawks are also 28th in points allowed. If Philadelphia wants a better shot at this game they need to establish the run game and force the ball down Seattle’s throat.
Run the ball 8 plays in a row at 3-4 yards a clip and test them deep with Jalen Reagor. That alone will make the offense run a lot smoother. This will force Seattle’s already weak secondary to stack the box so Wentz can hit them right over the top to Travis Fulgham or Jalen Reagor.
While mentioning Jalen Reagor, he needs more attention overall from Wentz. Reagor hasn’t been properly utilized at all for the incredible skill set that he has. If Doug is worried about Carson’s long ball get him runs in motion out of the backfield or some screens. For a first-round pick who has been on the field, there is no reason to not go to Reagor.
On the other side of the field, the key to success is the Eagles’ front 7. No matter who is in your secondary, Russell Wilson will find someone if given adequate time. The key to getting Russ off his game is to send the house. When Buffalo attacked Russell he threw 2 interceptions and was sacked 5 times.
Seattle’s protection up front is one of their biggest weaknesses. They have allowed 33 sacks, second only to Philadelphia who has given up 40. Wilson has thrown 10 interceptions 4th in the league and 4 behind Carson Wentz’s 10. If Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham stir thinks up in the backfield this could be a whole new ballgame.
This is going to be a difficult game for the Eagles. But if they make these much-needed adjustments they have a decent shot at pulling off an upset against the Seahawks.
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