3 Keys to a Philadelphia Eagles win versus Baltimore in Week 6

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3. Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles offense have to stay on the field.

The best way to limit this Ravens’ offense is by keeping them off the field but attacking the Ravens defense is no easy task either. Philly did a great job versus a strong Pittsburgh defense in Week 5 but Baltimore’s defense is probably even more confusing to dissect pre-snap. Carson Wentz will need to read it and react.

Travis Fulgham will need to have another big week against some of the better cornerbacks in the league in Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters. He did it last week versus Joe Haden and Steven Nelson who are pretty talented themselves. The way Fulgham was playing, it didn’t look like any corner was going to stop him. He was breaking off his route as soon as Haden or Nelson flipped their hips to go vertically. Wentz was placing the ball in the perfect spot for Fulgham to high point the ball with his huge catch radius. It’s still early but that kind of performance doesn’t just happen out of nowhere. Fulgham looks like what J.J. Arcega-Whiteside was supposed to be.

In addition to the Wentz-Fulgham connection being on point, head coach Doug Pederson needs to get creative with his run scheme. It feels like we are saying this every week but it’s true. This is primarily a zone run blocking scheme but that doesn’t mean that other run concepts need to be eliminated from the equation. Doug runs a fake jet sweep into an inside zone run multiple times a game, and he has for the past few years. There are very few times it actually works and it feels like it’s almost just a fall back play call for Doug when he isn’t sure what to do.

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He also runs an inside zone split with Richard Rodgers coming across the formation to block the edge rusher a decent amount of the time. It’s not a bad play but when the same run concepts are recycled every single week defenses are going to catch on. The one run that worked last week was mostly Miles Sanders making guys miss and good downfield blocking on a draw run. Doug needs to show more variety in this run game to control the clock and wear this Ravens defense down and keep the Ravens offense out of rhythm on the sidelines.