Eagles vs. Falcons observations: The edge the Birds need to just take benefit of Sunday

Can the Eagles make lifetime depressing for Matt Ryan? How big is the Andy Reid influence on the Eagles a ten years afterwards? What was the finest opening-working day enjoy in franchise background?

All that and a full lot far more in a 7 days 1 version of Roob’s Random Eagles Observations! 

1. Matt Ryan has been sacked 131 situations above the final a few years, or once each 15 dropbacks, and that’s the 7th-maximum share in the league. You can get to the 36-calendar year-previous Ryan, and the Eagles have to stress him and sack him and hit him and make him move his feet Sunday afternoon in Atlanta. The Eagles will try out to create tension with their edge rushers, but the biggest mismatch in this activity is d-tackles Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave vs. the inside of the Falcons’ offensive line – guards Colby Gossett and Chris Lindstrom and center Matt Hennessy. Gossett has commenced four video games in his career and hasn’t performed given that 2018 with Arizona, and Hennessy, a one particular-time Temple Owl, is a 2nd-12 months professional who started out two video games as a rookie. Lindstrom is strong, but overall the Eagles have a large benefit with the inside of their line against the Falcons’ entrance. They’re heading to require to take gain of it if they are going to get out of Atlanta with a get.

2. Jalen Hurts currently has the 5th-most job online games in NFL historical past with 300 passing yards and 50 hurrying yards with two – 338 and 63 at Arizona and 342 and 69 at Dallas. And he’s started off four games in his daily life.


3. Only 4 Eagles have ever had 50 receiving yards in their first job activity. DeSean Jackson was 6-for-106 against the Rams on opening day 2008, Bryce Treggs of all people was 2-for-69 (which include a 58-property capture) in opposition to the Giants in his 1st video game midway by 2016 (and had only 90 far more yards the relaxation of his career), Jalen Reagor caught a 55-garden go in very last year’s opener vs. Washington and restricted stop Jason Dunn caught a 54-yarder in the 1996 opener, also vs. Washington. If DeVonta Smith does not shift onto that checklist Sunday I’ll be shocked.

4. The Eagles are not a youthful workforce. They have a lot of youthful gamers in essential roles, but according to figures on Spotrac, their typical age – 26 several years, 3 months – places the Eagles squarely in the middle in the pack, 16th oldest roster in the NFL. What is genuinely exciting is that among the gamers signed for 2022, they ordinary 27 several years, 4 months, which makes them 5th-oldest. That is mainly because so several of their youthful gamers are on a person-calendar year bargains or the final year of their offer, though their more mature veterans are on very long-term contracts. That’s not a difficulty now, but the Eagles truly have to have a significant proportion of their 2020 and 2021 draft picks to blossom this 12 months each for monetary good reasons – rookie contracts are inexpensive – and for aggressive good reasons, so the roster does not get much too old following 12 months.

5. The 1 stat that translates the most to profitable is turnover margin. The Eagles have been minus-6 or worse 24 moments in franchise historical past and had a winning file in just two of those people seasons. They’ve been moreover-6 or superior 24 times and experienced a winning history in 18 of these seasons. It’s big. More than the last a few a long time, the Eagles are minus-19 (6th-worst) and last 12 months they ended up minus-10 (4th-worst). Guard the ball and just take away the ball and you are heading to gain online games. Will be interesting to see if the Eagles can strengthen in those people two parts beneath a new staff. 

6. It’s exceptional that nine several years right after Andy Reid final coached a recreation for the Eagles, 50 % of the team’s 6 captains – Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham and Jason Kelce – are Andy Reid draft picks. The most significant matter Significant Red introduced to this franchise was an emphasis on equally traces, and a 10 years following they were drafted, Cox, Graham and Kelce stay the coronary heart of this soccer team 3 coaches later on. 

7. Can Miles Sanders hurry for 800 yards with at the very least a 4.5 yards per carry normal and 25 receptions? I really do not see why not. If he does, he’ll become the very first working back again in 60 decades to get started his occupation with 3 straight seasons of 800 hurrying yards, a 4.5 average and at minimum 25 catches. The only back again who’s ever accomplished that is Abner Hayes of the Dallas Texans from 1960 as a result of 1962. 

8. Was wild watching safety Andrew Adams in a Tampa Bay Buccaneers uniform Thursday night just 10 times after he was on the exercise industry at the NovaCare Advanced sporting an Eagles uniform. The Eagles produced a curious choice to launch Adams last 7 days soon after a decent training camp, particularly with Rodney McLeod out to start out the period. The Bucs signed Adams to their exercise squad, but he was a recreation-day elevation and when the Bucs bought a double d-backs banged up, he was pressured into motion and wound up building a few tackles, which includes a massive solo quit for a a single-garden reduction on Ezekiel Elliott on a 3rd-and-objective from the Bucs’ 2-lawn-line in the 3rd quarter, it’s possible the defensive engage in of the evening for the Bucs. That stuff pressured the Cowboys to kick a discipline target and was a huge instant in a sport the Bucs eventually gained. We’ll see how Marcus Epps does starting off in spot of McLeod Sunday in Atlanta, but I didn’t have an understanding of the Eagles releasing Adams at the time, and he did not do nearly anything Thursday evening to modify my thoughts.


9. Adams’ effectiveness when he was not even expected to perform is accurately the sort of detail Sirianni had in thoughts when he emphasised to his gamers that all people in uniform Sunday – starter, sub, 53, apply squad elevation – has to be all set to go from the opening kickoff on. Since it’s straightforward for backups to just assume they are not heading to have a role, but you hardly ever know how a activity is going to participate in out, in particular early in the season when you see men cramping up as they play a lot more reps than they have considering the fact that past year. “You’ve constantly got to be prepared in Video game 1,” Sirianni claimed. “Even if it is really 5 performs, you have received a position. If it can be 5 plays, go enjoy people five plays like you need to have to and be a star in your purpose.”

10. The best opening-working day participate in in Eagles heritage was the onside kick to open the sport in Dallas in 2000. It was 109 levels at kickoff, and Andy Reid was banking on the Cowboys being so distracted by the intense heat they would not be quite completely ready. He was correct. Akers strike a excellent kick, Dameane Douglas recovered, and the Eagles went on to rout the 6-level favored Cowboys 41-14, their worst house decline in 11 decades and their 2nd-worst opening-working day decline at any time. But that onside kick was about additional than a person recreation or 1 season. It was a message from a younger, unheralded Eagles team that they had arrived and they have been ready to just take on the very best groups in the league. The Cowboys more than the former 8 seasons experienced received 6 NFC East titles and a few Super Bowls and achieved the playoffs all but after, although the Eagles experienced won just 14 video games above the three former seasons, hadn’t won a playoff video game in five yrs (and just two in the last 20 yrs) and hadn’t gained an NFC East title in 12 years. That video game was seriously a symbolic modifying of the guard. The Cowboys didn’t win yet another playoff sport for nine many years – and have gained just a few in the last 20 many years. But the Eagles took off from there, going 11-5 that year, achieving the playoffs 5 straight yrs (and 9 of 11), reaching 5 NFC Championship Games in eight several years and successful the NFC East 5 of the upcoming six many years. And it all commenced with an unbelievable onside kick on the best day in NFL record.


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