After their fifth win in a row, the Eagles continue to produce at a high level on the offensive side of the ball. In their last five games, they’ve scored at least 24 points per game and eclipsed 30 points in two of those contests. They currently rank third in the NFL in yards per game and are ninth in the league in points per game.
During this time period, the Eagles offense has been able to produce in many different ways, all driven by head coach Chip Kelly’s offensive prowess. We’ve seen Nick Foles put up record numbers and be extremely efficient. We’ve seen Kelly adjust the game plan to focus on the tight end position knowing it would be a big mismatch. We saw LeSean McCoy put up record rushing totals in eight inches of snow behind a dominate performance from his offensive line.
The greatest thing about the offense has been their ability to produce in a variety of different ways. We’ve known how great of an offensive mind Kelly has and he’s really proved it as of late. However, you also have to give credit to Foles and his execution. He’s been smart about his decision making and has been extremely efficient as a passer.
Outside of McCoy and DeSean Jackson, the weapons the Eagles have on offense aren’t extremely overwhelming. Riley Cooper has stepped up nicely, but he’s not the dominant type of number two receiver that you’d like to have on the offense. He can definitely be a role player on the offense, but Kelly and Foles have been able to squeeze him for everything he’s worth.
At tight end, Brent Celek and Zach Ertz have talent, but they’re far from being the top talents at their position in the league. Again, Kelly has been able to put them in a position to be successful and both players have stepped up to be contributors.
Another key piece of the offense that is often overlooked is the line. The unit has remained pretty healthy throughout the season and have been able to perform at a high level. On Sunday, we saw the interior line do a great job against the Lions’ two dominant tackles. This sparked McCoy to go on his record setting day.
As the Eagles progress through their remaining games of the season, there’s no reason why the offense shouldn’t be able to continue to keep putting up numbers. When you look at the defenses they’ll be facing, none of them stand out. In terms of yards allowed per game, the Vikings rank 31st, the Bears are 29th, and the Cowboys are 32nd. When you look at points allowed per game, the Vikings are 31st, the Bears are 28th, and the Cowboys are 21st.
The defense has continued to play fairly well throughout recent weeks. However, the offense is really what drives this team and it should continue to be able to do so throughout the rest of the season.