A night to forget: Eagles O-Line Notes Week 7
Yesterday was a game to forget or the Philadelphia Eagles offensive line. Against one of the best pass-rushing teams in football, the Eagles’ front five struggled and caused several misfires for the offense. Jordan Mailata had the worst game of his career in his return to left tackle. Everyone looks okay on paper, but the actual game showed the issues.
Eagles Offensive Line Grades per PFF
- Jason Kelce 81:3 (66.6 Pass Block)
- Lane Johnson: 70.3 (63.2 Pass Block)
- Jack Driscoll: 66 (77 Pass Block)
- Landon Dickerson: 62.3 (75 Pass Block)
- Jordan Mailata: 57.3 (28.4 Pass Block)
- Andre Dillard: 55.2 (47.2 Pass Block)
The most prominent takeaway was the career-low game from Jordan Mailata. I have no idea what could have caused this performance. If I were to guess, it was a combination of switching back to left tackle alongside an excellent defensive front. There was no sign of a lingering injury, so it was purely just a performance issue.
Philadelphia allowed 16 pressures on Jalen Hurts. Seven of those came from Jordan Mailata alone. He also had a brutal facemask call that brought back a huge run from Jalen Hurts. Late in the game, Mailata moved back out to right tackle while Andre Dillard was back in at LT.
Following the loss, Nick Sirianni explained that Johnson was stepped on and was held out precautionarily. It makes sense to be safe with how the game was going, especially when Lane Johnson missed so much time and Dillard and Mailata have experience at the respective positions.
Jack Driscoll had an excellent blocking grade but caused one of the key points from yesterday’s loss. In a goal-line situation, Driscoll put his hand backward at the start of the snap and tipped the football, causing a fumble and Las Vegas to recover what could have been an easy touchdown. Driscoll needs to know better, and these stupid mistakes are what cost the Eagles the game.
Before leaving early, Lane Johnson had a solid return but was iffy in pass protection. Johnson was second in pressures behind Mailata with three and allowed one of the four QB hits on Jalen Hurts. Landon Dickerson had his best game yet in pass pro, only allowing one pressure in 41 passing plays.
The Eagles O-Line will have a far easier matchup next week against the Detroit Lions. They will be going from the top-rated pass rush team to the 21st. Detroit is also 21st in the NFL in run defense. I have faith that Mailata can return to form, and the line can be the stable position group once again for this team.
Mandatory Credit: Philadelphia Eagles