By: AJ Flores @ChxckenAlfredo
What Trap Game?
The Eagles didn’t let the 3-7 Bears come in to Philadelphia and upset them. The Eagles started out with the ball, and on the first offensive play of the game, Carson Wentz through a five-yard pass to former Bear’s WR Alshon Jeffery. The Eagles went on to punt the first series. The first half for the Bears was abysmal. They put up 34 total yards of offense and didn’t have a single first down! At one point in the third quarter, the Bears had negative six rushing yards. Jordan Howard was silenced and couldn’t get anything going. The Bears were able to muster a field goal at the midway point of the third quarter, making it their only score. The Bears were able to force and recover four fumbles, total eight first downs, and put up 140 yards of total offense. The Eagles offense was dominant again, despite what was a “tough” matchup on paper against this Bears defense.
Carson Wentz finished with 31 points, with 24 of them coming in the first half. Wentz went on to add three more touchdowns to his total for the year, with passes completed to Ertz, Agholor, and Jeffery. Ertz would score on a 17 yard pass in the first quarter. Agholor scored on a short swing pass he took 15 yards to the end zone. The last Wentz passing touchdown came before the end of the half to Alshon Jeffery, a short eight-yard, back of the end zone catch. The second half was a pretty dull half. The Eagles had one drive where Ajayi had his third straight game with a rush of 30 yards or more, but fumbled around the five-yard line, into the end zone, and Agholor recovered it for his second touchdown on the day. The Eagles earned their first 100 yard receiver on the year, with Ertz totaling 10-103-1. Blount was close to a 100 yard game with 15-97-0.
Return to Seattle
After having their last four of five games at home, the Eagle go on the road to Seattle in week 13. This is going to be their toughest game since coming off the short week on the road against the Carolina Panthers. Key injuries to Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman make this Seattle defense quite vulnerable. The Hawks should be getting back starting cornerback Shaq Griffin this week after being out with a concussion in week 12. The Hawks defense on the year has allowed 17 points per game to opposing teams, but over their last five games, that number is up to 23 points per game.
The Eagles have a tough task on their hand, slowing down dual threat quarterback, Russell Wilson. Wilson has over 3,000 passing yards and is the Hawks leading rusher, not to mention, the leading Fantasy QB with Wentz close behind. Wilson has three of the team’s four rushing touchdowns on the season. The Eagles front four will have to look to contain Wilson inside the pocket to limit big plays and Wilson’s rushing ability. The Eagles have a seven point edge in points per game and a two point edge in points allowed per game. The Eagles gain more total yards and give up fewer yards allowed than the Hawks do this year. These two teams met last year in Seattle, the Eagles were without starting RT Lane Johnson. The Eagles ended up losing that game 26-15. This Eagles offense is much different than last year and Wentz has been on fire.
Keys for an Eagles victory
Silence the 12th man
Limit Russell Wilson’s legs
Hold on to the football
Win the battle in the trenches
Protect the “Ginger Jesus”, Carson Wentz
QB – Wentz is eight hundredths away from being quarterback number 2 overall on the season, pacing the NFL in touchdowns at 28. Wentz has posted double digits in every game and fewer than twenty in just three weeks. Wentz is a must start and has been virtually matchup proof. He is a must start until further notice, regardless of the matchup.
RB – Blount is the leader in snap counts since Ajayi came into the mix, but is the least productive of the three backs. Between Clement, Ajayi, and Blount, Blount has out-snapped Clement and Ajayi by 21+. The only downside is Blount has produced the least amount of points per touch. Ajayi has flashed his abilities in a limited role of his 25% snap share. Ajayi has broken runs of 30 yards or more in three straight games. Clement is the bread winner in this backfield seeing 29% snaps in the last three games. Clement is posting 1.73 points per touch to Ajayi’s 1.32 and Blount’s 0.52 points per touch. Ajayi was just short of another touchdown this past week. I like him as a high ceiling RB2 and Clement as a Flex. All three of these backs currently sit in the 30-40 range for running backs on the year. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Eagles to continue to limit Ajayi’s usage, and save his legs for the playoffs.
WR – Alshon is putting up some great numbers the past four games. Jeffery has posted 50 yards or more and a touchdown in each of those games. Alshon’s line comes to 17-265-5 over those games. He is currently sitting at WR16 on the season. Agholor has been hot and cold. He has been a touchdown dependent WR3 or a flex option the last few weeks as he hasn’t broken 50 yards in the last five games. A name to watch coming up is Mack Hollins as he is taking snaps away from Torrey Smith. Hollins saw 48 snaps last week, just three less than Smith. For dynasty purposes, keep Hollins stashed if you have the extra roster space.
TE – Ertz just had his first 100 yard receiving game on the year. He’s sitting at the top of team in receptions and yards, even after missing a game. Ertz is tied with Jeffery for the team lead in touchdowns. Zach is also second overall on the year in points amongst tight ends. He has posted 50 yards or a touchdown in 9/10 games this season and has done both in 4/10 games. He’s a must start in your lineups, regardless of the matchup.