WEEK 13: The Final Stretch

With five games left to play in the season, the Eagles currently sit at 6-5, at the bottom of their division. They still have to  face off against two divisional opponents, along with one nfc opponent. Winning these games will be a key point if they want to have a chance at making the playoffs. This week however, the Eagles faced off against the Los Vegas Raiders. Even though the Raiders are winless this season, they were an opponent that Coach Skellington told his team not to overlook. The Raider wide receivers are some of the fastest in the game, and the game plan was to stop them from scoring and making a difference in this game. The Eagles played bend but don’t break defense, letting up huge chunks of yards in the passing game, but forcing turnovers on the goalline. The defense forcing three interceptions, along with Miles Sanders running the ball, resulted in a 31-21 win for the Eagles. 

Carson Wentz, played his game manager role pretty well in this game, which resulted in him only throwing one interception. Games this season for the Eagles are lost when Wentz has multiple turnovers in a game. Wentz threw the ball efficiently, only missing 8 passes all game. The offensive game plan for the Eagles was to give Sanders the ball and let him run all over the Raider defense. Sanders ran the ball 30 times for 111 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also caught the ball 5 times for 53 yards. Sanders has taken this offense over this season and is looking to show the league that he is a top back. 6 different receivers caught passes from Wentz, which shows that the Eagles have the talent to become a top passing team if need be. 

The Eagles defense stuck to their  bend but don’t break game plan and forced David Carr to throw three interceptions. Carr had some success with the deep ball, but when the time came, the Eagles defense made fantastic goal line stands. Carr only completed 18 of 39 passes, which shows that the defense stepped up when they needed to. Defensive end Graham registered the only sack of the game for the Eagles. Slay, Moses, and Maddox registered the interceptions. Moses continued his good rookie season, while making his case for defensive rookie of the year. The Eagles defense has been shredded through the air this season but haven’t given up many points. While this approach has worked for them for the most part, soon they will need to limit opponents passing games if they want any shot at competing with higher tier teams. 

With this win, the Eagles bumped up their record to 7-5 which put them third in the NFC East, and just on the outside of the playoff bubble. Currently, they are fighting with multiple teams for the last playoff spot, two of which they will play down the stretch. The final four games for the Eagles features games against 2 teams above .500 and 2 teams below .500. These records don’t matter too much as every team will be trying to play spoiler. Up next, the Eagles face off against their final AFC opponent in the Denver Broncos.