Top 5 questions for this Philadelphia Eagles team ahead of Game 6

Lamar Jackson (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
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1. Is the Ravens offense too potent for the Philadelphia Eagles defense?

Like Philadelphia’s last opponent, the Ravens run a spread(ish) offensive base, but with a power run scheme. This scheme puts Lamar Jackson primarily in a pistol formation with a running back normally lined up behind him or to one side or the other, and the Ravens run multiple plays out of this formation, from slant and post routes to on the perimeter runs and screen passes. Above all else, it also allows Jackson to do obe of the things that he does best, escape trouble if need be.

The Eagles still use a 4-3 base for their defense, but primarily try (emphasis on try) to use a wide nine scheme. Since most teams line up with three or four-wide receiver sets, you’ll typically see the Eagles fielding two linebackers. Unfortunately, one of them has often been Nathan Gerry. Eagles defensive coordinator, Jim Schwartz, has been playing a lot of man coverage, soft zone coverage (his favorite), and he’s even brought safeties into the box. It’s really anyone’s guess at this point on what or how Schwartz will line up with his defense

In addition to Baltimore’s versatile star quarterback, they have a bevy of offensive weapons, including tight end Mark Andrews, running back Mark Ingram, and wide receiver Marquise Brown. Philly will have its hands full trying to cover all of these weapons that one of the NFL’s elite offenses has at its disposal. Advantage: Ravens