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

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3. How can the Philadelphia Eagles defense stop such a high powered offense?

As mentioned, Tennessee and Kansas City created a blueprint of sorts to slow down and even defeat the Ravens’ firing squad of an offense. If Philadelphia wants to do the same thing, their defensive line can’t overcommit on any pass rush. Instead, the ‘Birds’ will need to limit the outside pass rush from their defensive ends and having them attack the outside rather than attack the interior.

Next, Philly will have will need to have their linebackers or defensive backs spread throughout the middle of the field, cutting off any exit lanes. That will force Lamar Jackson to run laterally rather than through open holes. The Ravens will still gain some yards from time to time, but if the Eagles can follow this plan correctly, Baltimore will see more third-and-long situations. That’s a position that Jackson and company don’t want to be in.

So what can Philly fans expect to see? If he makes it out of the concussion protocol before game time, Darius Slay should be lined up with Marquise Brown and Jalen Mills to cover wide receiver Miles Boykin or Willie Snead. This leaves Baltimore’s tight end, Mark Andrews. Philly may keep Slay (again, if he plays) in man coverage, and if they do that, they can keep the remainder of the backend of their defense in zone coverage to keep Andrews going over the top (hopefully).

Though Lamar Jackson is a duel threat, his accuracy, pocket awareness, and ability to get through all of his reads are lacking if you compare him to other elite quarterbacks in the league. Eventually, if the game is left up to Jackson’s ability as a passer or if this one gets into a shoot out, mistakes will be made by the young quarterback. That’s a guarantee. Advantage: Eagles