When we sent out more than 1 tight end, the Eagles responded with a 4-3 and usually inserted a Safety into the box:
In an effort to get the ball out on the perimeter we positioned a Bunch/Triangle set tight to the line:
The Bunch (top of the screen) afforded us quick throws outside and also allowed us to crack down on edge defenders and pull lineman out wide to get them matched up on defensive backs.
We also plugged in Nsekhe (top of the screen) as our 6th offensive lineman on half a dozen snaps:
Otherwise it was variations of our 11 versus their Nickel and a few I-Formations.
Depth Chart (Snap Count in parenthesis):
- LT: Williams (74)
- LG: Lauvao (74)
- C: Long (74)
- RG: Scherff (74)
- RT: Moses (74)
- TE: Davis (72), Paul (14), Nsekhe (6)
- WR: Garcon (60), Crowder (56), DeSean (50), Grant (20), Ross (9)
- RB: Thompson (36), Jones (30), Kelley (8)
- FB: Paul (8), Kelley (1)
With Reed out, the preferred personnel was 11 with Davis and Crowder followed by heavier formations involving Paul (22) and/or Nsekhe (6).
Grades & The Show
O-Line Run Chart:
A dominant day for everyone except Morgan Moses who finished with his lowest score of the season. His main issue was letting guys get under his pads and disengage at will:
Moses’ 2nd issue was being lined up across Brandon Graham, a guy who PFF ranked the 2nd best defensive end in the league entering this game. On our 4th drive, Graham set a hard edge against Moses that left Kelley with nowhere to go outside and funneled him into a swarm of bad guys:
Brandon Scherff had a commanding display of combo and second level blocks. It’s hard to see at this angle but before he takes off to abuse a linebacker for 10 yards, he does a subtle punch to the chest of the lineman positioned inside of him. That punch stalls the lineman’s momentum and helps Spencer Long reach his block and seal out. You can see Scherff stall before releasing to the linebacker level, that’s when that quick punch to the chest takes place:
That strength at the line plus the ability to target in space, followed by the effort to dominate a guy 10 yards downfield will get a +2 from me. He also showed quickness when he was able to get around a blitzing linebacker, seal him out:
and latch onto him through the first down marker.
[AFTER THE JUMP: More breakdowns for the O-line, Tight Ends and Cousins. Plus a link to the Chart]