Eagles O-Line Notes Week 17: Taking Care of Business
The Philadelphia Eagles had another dominant showing in the trenches on Sunday against the Washington Football Team.
The Eagles’ offensive line stonewalled Washington, not allowing a single sack for the second straight week. As good as they were in pass protection, the Eagles’ O-Line struggled with their run blocking.
Philadelphia averaged just 3.4 yards per carry compared to the 5.8 yards per carry they had against Washington in Week 15.
This fall-off can be chalked up a few things. Washington wasn’t dealing with a massive COVID outbreak this time around, and the Eagles didn’t have their leading rusher in Miles Sanders.
Eagles Offensive Line Grades per PFF:
- Jordan Mailata: 81.2 (86.8 pass blocking)
- Jason Kelce: 66.4 (78.1 pass blocking)
- Lane Johnson: 65.4 (84.5 pass blocking)
- Landon Dickerson: 63.2 (47.9 pass blocking)
- Nate Herbig: 62.2 (62.4 pass blocking)
After being named to PFF’s Team of the Week last week, Landon Dickerson had one of his worst games this season. Dickerson allowed six of Washington’s ten pressures and their only quarterback hit.
Nate Herbig was the only other offensive lineman to allow more than one pressure. About halfway through Sunday’s game, Herbig left after his knee was rolled up on him. Luckily, it wasn’t bad, and he returned a few plays later.
Lane Johnson continues his dominant stretch and has yet to allow a single sack all season. Johnson was shockingly snubbed from the Pro Bowl this season and has proven the voters wrong week after week.
Yesterday, Jason Kelce and Nate Herbig were placed on the Eagles’ Reserve/COVID-19 list with ten of their teammates. Since the NFL allows asymptomatic players to return after five days, they could return right before Saturday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.
If Kelce and Herbig miss this week’s game, I’d expect Landon Dickerson to move to center, with Sua Opeta and Jack Anderson starting at both guard positions. In a game that has zero meaning, it will be great for both guys to get to see the field for an extended amount of time.
Mandatory Credit: Drew Hallowell Philadelphia Eagles