RECAP: Three Keys to Philadelphia Eagles NFC East Divisional Championship Success

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Dec 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek (87) catches a pass while defended by Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker DeVonte Holloman (57) in the third quarter at AT

Deploy the Tight Ends

Eagles’ tight ends Brent Celek and Zach Ertz are arguably the best TE tandem in the NFL.  The massive players each register over 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing more than 250 pounds.  The Eagles as a team run the screen more effectively than any other team, and both Ertz and Celek have a lot to do with that. 

During the second quarter of the week 13 Arizona Cardinals game, the Eagles ran a short screen play to wide receiver DeSean Jackson.  Jackson motioned left, then shuffled right and grabbed the pass along the line of scrimmage taking it for a 14 yard gain up the right sideline.  The running lane that Celek and Ertz created for Jackson during that play was big enough to drive a truck through, and was executed flawlessly.

In addition to being superior blockers along the line and in space, the Eagles tight ends are receiving threats as well.  Celek and Ertz each has 400+ yards receiving on the season with 9 combined touchdowns.  The Cowboys have struggled mightily with big, physical pass catchers this year, and the Eagles duo may be too much for Dallas to handle.

Tight end Brent Celek led all Eagles receivers with 3 receptions for 71 yards and one touchdown while fellow tight end Zach Ertz caught 3 balls for 43 yards.  This was not the best statistical pass catching day for either of Philadelphia’s tight ends, but they came through when needed and blocked well throughout the game.  The Cowboys defenders had trouble keeping up with the size and speed of Celek and Ertz and each contributed heavily to the Eagles success.


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