Date & Time: November 14th – 4:25 p.m. ET
Location: Denver, Colorado – Empower Field at Mile High
- Eagles Injury Report
- DE Josh Sweat
- T Andre Dillard
- Broncos Injury Report
- T Garrett Bolles
- T Bobby Massie
- DL McTelvin Agim
- RB Mike Boone
- LB Baron Browning
- DE Shelby Harris
- TE Albert Okwuegbunam
- WR Tim Patrick
- LB Malik Reed
- G Dalton Risner
- S Caden Sterns
- CB Pat Surtain II
The Philadelphia Eagles travel to Denver Colorado to take on the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
Denver is coming off a shocking 30-16 victory over the Dallas Cowboys last week. Denver is 5-4, just a half game out of first place in the AFC West.
Denver, despite dealing with a smorgasbord of injuries to a number of starters, is in prime position to place themselves in the playoff picture with 8 games remaining on the regular season.
In addition to the players listed above, Denver is missing the following starters nickel CB Bryce Callahan, DE Bradley Chubb, G Graham Glasgow, LB Josey Jewell, backup LB Justin Strnad, and backup QB Drew Lock.
Despite this, they were able to go into Dallas and stifle the high-powered Cowboys offense. Denver held Dallas to their lowest offensive output of the season — season lows in yardage and time of possession. The final score was 30-16 but with just over 7:00 remaining in the 4th Denver led 30-0.
Denver rarely blitzed Dak Prescott, which is surprising because they’ve sent the 6th most blitzes in the NFL,. However, they were still able to impact the passing game, racking up 4 sacks and 7 pass breakups.
Per Pro Football reference, the Denver defense ranks 2nd in total defense (12th passing defense – 10th rushing defense).
Offensively, Denver has leaned on the rushing attack of Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams along with relying on the arm of Teddy Bridgewater.
Denver’s rushing attack has amassed the 9th most yards in the NFL (1,019 yards – 4.4 yards per carry).
Through the air, Teddy Bridgewater has completed 70% of his passes for 2,163 yards and 14 touchdowns. Denver’s passing offense ranks 12th in the NFL in DVOA.
For the Eagles, on offense they will look to build off what they started week 8 against Detroit. They have been able to run the ball and mix in the passing game, which has made Jalen Hurts comfortable as a passer.
Defensively, this matchup spells disaster for the Eagles defense.
Teddy Bridgewater is more than comfortable sitting back as a passer and attacking the intermediate levels of the field. The Eagles have allowed opposing QBs to complete 75% of their passes on multiple occasions this season. The Eagles will either have to pressure Bridgewater or challenge the opposing receivers at the line of scrimmage to have any chance in this game.
My X-Factor for this game is the man who is at the helm of the Eagles defense: Jonathan Gannon.
Does he decide to challenge Denver’s receivers or will he continue to sit in soft zone coverages against receivers like Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton, and Tim Patrick who are more than equipped to find and exploit holes in zone coverage.
Does he decide to send pressure at Teddy Bridgewater?
Gannon has tried to adjust, switching out of his two high shells for cover 1 looks, but nothing has seemed to work.
Nevertheless, Gannon gets paid money to figure out these conundrums. He has to formulate a game-plan that attacks a specific area of the Denver offense and exploit that mismatch.
For, me this game comes down to which unit do I trust more: The Denver offense vs The Philadelphia defense or the Philadelphia offense vs the Denver defense.
The Eagles have shown promise on offense. Nick Sirianni has proved that he can structure his offense to what his players want to do and what they can do well. His offensive line can maul teams in the running game and his quarterback excels out of play action pass sets. What has Sirianni done? Structure the passing game off of the running game of Jordan Howard.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Gannon is still searching for answers. The personnel argument is valid, but so is the argument that Gannon has to be better as a coach. That means placing his players in position to succeed. Whether that means less zone and more man coverage or more press coverage looks or more overload blitzes or disguised coverages and blitzes, Gannon has to figure it out.
For me, I think the Denver offense matches up better against the Eagles defense rather than the Eagles offense vs the Denver defense. Add in the fact that the Eagles have not won in Denver since 1989 and I just don’t see a way the Eagles come out of this game with a win.
The Eagles drop to 3-7 in a close game.
Pick: Broncos 21, Eagles 17
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