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Eagles' offense might finally be fixed

Eliot Shorr-Parks
December 04, 2018 - 7:49 am

The Eagles’ offense that took the field on Monday night in the team’s 28-13 win over the Washington Redskins looked nothing like the unit that has struggled, limped and fumbled their way through the season so far. 

A touchdown drive to open the game. Three scoring drives in the fourth quarter.  Two pass-plays over 30 yards. A balanced run/pass ratio. 28 total points. 

“I do, I do,” quarterback Carson Wentz said when asked if the offense is finally clicking. "I think we are really playing well together, really meshing together.” 

The timing couldn’t be better for the Eagles, who are now 6-6, and will head to Dallas next Sunday for a first-place showdown with the Cowboys. 

The recent play of the offense should not only give fans hope they can beat the Cowboys, but should have them optimistic about what this team can accomplish the rest of the season. 

Throughout this season, through all of the frustrating losses, the issue has been the Eagles’ offense. They simply haven’t been able to put enough points on the board, and have spent the season hovering around 20-points per game, which has left them with the 23rd ranked offense for most of the season. 

Over the last two weeks, however, the Eagles’ offense has scored a total of 53 points, an average of roughly a touchdown more (26.5) per game. 

“I think it just takes time. We have different faces, and Carson didn’t start the year. We work really hard in practice. We’re grinding for three days during the week trying to get this thing right,” tight end Zach Ertz said. “We understood that the talent level on offense wasn’t matching the production. Guys were not panicking by any means, we were just focused on being better from the previous week and I think it’s finally starting to click.” 

One of the major differences on Monday night was the job the Eagles did converting in the red zone. The Eagles made five trips into the red zone against Washington, converting three of them into touchdowns. 

The first conversion of the game came on the first drive, when Wentz scrambled to avoid pressure up the middle before finding receiver Golden Tate in the corner of the end zone. The second was an impressive run by running back Darren Sproles, who brought it in from 14-yards out, avoiding what seemed like the entire Washington secondary on the way to the goal line. 

The final touchdown, a four-yard score to receiver Jordan Matthews, capped off an 11-play, 85-yard drive that gave the team a 22-13 lead that would be enough to put the game away. 

The fact the offense was so productive, and started so quickly, against a solid Washington’ defense had to be extremely encouraging for the coaches and players. 

“[The Redskins] front seven is probably one of the best in the league. [Redskins CB Josh] Norman is one of the best corners, and they have two of the best safeties. It was a really good performance. We held the ball for a long time,” Ertz said. “Our team is built to play with a lead. We came out fast and got seven points early, which is something we haven’t really done in most of these games. That was probably the biggest thing that I took from tonight, that we started fast.”

The play of the offense is the top reason that for the first time this season there seems to be real, genuine hope around the team. The offense finally showed some shades of the unit in 2017 that jumped all over opposing defenses, made big plays and had fun doing it. After a terrible start against the Giants last week, the offense has moved the ball with ease over the last six quarters. The new-look Eagles' offense might just be reason for fans to believe that the team can beat the odds and go on a late-season run that finishes with them in the postseason. 

“We have to clean up some things in the red zone for sure, we left some plays out there no doubt,” Wentz said, “but we are kind of starting to mesh a little bit offensive.”

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