Playoff Picture: ESPN reporter names Eagles as “sneaky contender”
The Eagles’ offense has been clicking on all cylinders in recent weeks.
Nick Sirianni has made his quarterback more comfortable by leaning on the ground game, allowing Hurts to develop at his own pace — which is a far cry from what was occurring at the beginning of the season.
The Eagles are the top rushing team in the league over the last three weeks and have officially activated their homerun hitter in Miles Sanders off of injured reserve.
Rushing yards per game over the last 3 weeks:— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) November 15, 2021
• Eagles: 208.7
• Patriots: 159.0
• Colts: 156.7
• Ravens: 152.0 pic.twitter.com/sjPIc75OLE
With things starting to round into form for Philly, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen seemingly believes that Hurts and company can make some noise if they get into the postseason:
Miles Sanders "looked great" in practice. Eagles O-line is one of NFL's best. Jalen Hurts has shown real growth at QB. DeVonta Smith…Sneaky contender? https://t.co/vZrd8MoN24— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) November 20, 2021
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Hurts and DeVonta Smith have also gotten on the same page as of late, connecting for nearly 200 yards and 3 TDs in the last two weeks.
As it currently stands, the Eagles have a 25% chance to make the playoffs ahead of their matchup vs. New Orleans this Sunday. If they can win that game, those odds jump up to 40%. That percentage drops to 10% if they lose their fifth home game of the season.
Five of the Eagles’ seven remaining games this season are against opponents under .500. As long as Sirianni doesn’t ask too much of Hurts, a playoff run isn’t inconceivable.
With Miles Sanders returning, who sits?— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) November 20, 2021
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