Over the last couple weeks the Eagles defense has slipped. The numbers support the free fall. The Eagles currently rank 21st against the run with 112.9 YPG and have slipped to 10th in PPG at 20.5. If they want to carry this momentum moving forward they must get back to their early season play where they were dominant against the run. They are currently giving up 366.8 Total YPG and are 20th against the pass allowing 253.9 YPG. The Eagles should see some familiar plays. Bill Lazor was on Chip’s staff during his first year here in Philadelphia and took some zone read principles with him to Miami.
Player to Watch: Quaterback Ryan Tannehill
Tannehill has had a very up and down season. Some games he looks in complete control and can dominate, others he struggles to makes simple reads and turns the ball over. He’s more mobile than people give him credit for. If the Eagles aren’t careful he will be able to change the game with his legs. The Dolphins are a slightly better than average passing team throwing for 254.6 YPG which ranks 13th out of 32 teams. Tannehill like Matt Cassel will give the Eagles some opportunities to make plays on the football. Tannehill likes to target Jarvis Landry, a solid second year WR from LSU. More on that in a bit.
Player to Watch: Inside Linebacker Kiko Alonso
After weeks away from the game El Bravo is suddenly thrust back into an important role now that team defensive MVP Jordan Hicks is out. Hicks featured in last weeks match-up blog suffered a torn pectoral muscle and was placed on IR. The Eagles are really fortunate to have depth at this position. More than OL they have been hammered at ILB with injuries. No excuses though as there are no healthy teams come week 10. Next man up. That next man is Kiko Alonso. Alonso played sparingly against the Cowboys. He will most likely be locking horns with TE Jordan Cameron. Cameron is a solid TE but isn’t have the greatest year.
Malcolm Jenkins vs Jarvis Landry
Jenkins did not have a great game last Sunday vs the Cowboys. In his defense he had a tough match-up but he was beat often by Cole Beasley. Jenkins has struggled in the past against smaller shifty WRs. I don’t expect him to struggle with Jarvis Landry. Landry is a bigger slot WR and a good one. He will make a play or two but should be a better match up for Jenkins. Jenkins has been solid for the Eagles covering the slot. He did miss a few practices this week with a concussion so that is something to watch. If Jenkins can’t go look for two positions to be effected. Safety and slot corner. Maragos will most likely play the safety spot and EJ Biggers will play in the slot.
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