Soaring Eagles benefitting from more balanced offense

The Philadelphia Eagles have been quietly impressive so far this year and currently sit proudly perched on top of the NFC East. Dave Rigby says a big difference is a more balanced offense than a year ago…

Although Doug Pederson has only been at the Eagles for a relatively short amount of time, one of the most glaring problems he had was not running the ball. OK, so he’s a Quarterback through and through so it’s what he knows best, but you can’t just sling it all the time and expect W’s after W’s, especially last season with a then rookie QB in Carson Wentz. But did he have the option to run it more than he’d have liked?
This summer the Eagles have made some shrewd offensive signings and Sunday night one of those guys gave the attack a whole new dimension. LeGarrette Blount was a machine! A running machine, bulldozing his way up that LA field. He ran for 136 yards averaging 8.5 and was running like a player that I haven’t seen run for Philadelphia for a while.
Wentz is sound, he’s exactly what we need and he’s got everything that you want in your locker to become a pretty good QB, but now there’s more ammo and options going to the opposition goal line so it’s not all on him.
Sunday’s game was close and the Chargers are becoming notorious for not starting well and narrowly missing out on wins. The two go hand in hand for them really. The Eagles have some big players missing at the moment, most notably Fletcher Cox and the evergreen Darren Sproles, but they played smart football.
My brain is still getting used to processing the image of Nelson Agholor catching the football, while Big Field Goals and important ‘points after’ were kicked by the force of nature that is Jake Elliott. Will he ever miss a kick, from any distance, ever again?? The answer is No, No he won’t.
Credit has to go Pederson this week. He called a solid game amidst a bit of pressure mounting on him from certain sections of the Eagle fanbase. There was no reasons to jump on his back in this tough road game. Speaking of which, you would have never had thought that it actually was an away game as the Philadelphia fans came in their droves and took over the stadium. So much so that Chargers fans were actually leaving.
Next up for the Birds is a home game against a beatable Arizona Cardinals. Win this one and that winning rhythm will be in full flow. Can they make playoffs? Whisper it but the way they’ve started, why not? The Eagles have a tough schedule nearer the end so solid performances now, and that winning feeling, are key.
Dave Rigby

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Dave Rigby
Philadelphia Eagles fan for over 10 years. Also - Florida Gators, Boston Celtics & Orlando City FC. Cannot get into baseball for the life of me!
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