The Philadelphia Eagles opened the NFL season with three straight wins, but have now dropped four of their last five games. The Atlanta Falcons opened the season by winning four of their first five games, but have gone .500 over the last four games. Despite similar stories, the Falcons are soaring and looking like a playoff team and the Eagles are sinking fast. Here is a look at the Philadelphia Eagles as they prepare to battle the Atlanta Falcons in Week 10 of the NFL season.
Philadelphia Eagles Season Record
When the Philadelphia Eagles played the Dallas Cowboys two weeks ago, they had a chance to take control of the NFC East. The Cowboys came back in that game and won in overtime and then the Eagles limped into New York and lost to the Giants. This leaves Philadelphia sitting at 4-4 and last place in the NFC East. The Cowboys are looking at running away with the division, but Philadelphia still has a chance to make a playoff run. That all starts with this game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Philadelphia Eagles On Offense
While the Dallas Cowboys are surging with rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz is starting to struggle somewhat. In the last four weeks, Wentz has only thrown two touchdowns and four interceptions. The Eagles simply cannot win with these type of numbers. However, the good news is that they play one of the worst defenses in the NFL this week in the Atlanta Falcons.
The Eagles have turned to Darren Sproles in the running game to at least split carries with Ryan Mathews. In the last two weeks, Sproles has 143 rushing yards and 31 receiving yards. Ryan Mathews only carried the ball nine times in those two games for 25 yards, although he did vulture two touchdown runs. One of those players has to step up against Atlanta to control the clock.
Philadelphia Eagles On Defense
The Philadelphia Eagles defense is really good. They rank sixth in the NFL in total defense, only allowing 325 yards per game. They also rank seventh against the pass, giving up 218 yards per game. However, the Eagles are playing the Falcons, who rank first in the NFL in passing with 315 yards per game. Matt Ryan leads the NFL with 2,980 passing yards to go along with an eye-popping 23 touchdowns to only four interceptions. The Eagles can’t stop Matt Ryan. They just have to hope to slow him down.
Philadelphia Eagles Players To Watch
Carson Wentz – This is the rookie season for a player who the Philadelphia Eagles hope will lead them for years to come. In the first three games of the season, he threw for 769 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. However, in the five games since, he has thrown four touchdowns and five interceptions and only had two games with over 200 passing yards. He has to play better to compete against Atlanta.
Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox – The two players that the Philadelphia Eagles will send to stop Matt Ryan are Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox. They have four sacks each this season and have combined for a total of 50 tackles, nine for a loss of yardage. They have also combined for three forced fumbles and each has a pass defensed.
The Philadelphia Eagles looked like a team that could compete with someone like the Atlanta Falcons through the start of the 2016 NFL season. That has changed as the Falcons look like the second best team in the NFC and the Eagles look like the worst team in the NFC East. Atlanta should have little problems putting away Philadelphia, although the defense of the Eagles will work to give them trouble along the way.
Post Author: Shawn S. Lealos.