Philadelphia Eagles: 4 Ideas to improve their red zone offense

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So, what really happened with the Philadelphia Eagles in those last two games?

If we’re being fair, there has certainly been a lack of execution at times but Pederson needs to know his personnel and make better decisions. Coach said himself after the Baltimore game that he had exhausted all of his red-zone plays by the time they got to the last two-point conversion attempt which would’ve tied the game.

The Eagles only had 14 red zone plays that day though so the fact that Doug felt he was basically out of options is embarrassing. It was evident that he was running out of ideas versus the New York Giants too.

The numbers don’t lie. Philly’s offense is 30th in the league in percentage of offensive drives ending in a score at a rate of just 31.8 percent. They’re 26th in the league with just 5.1 yards per play. In expected points contributed, they sit at 28th with just 4.11 yards in that category. The ‘Birds’ are also in the back half of the league in points per game with 23.3 which means they’re 22nd overall in that category.

Every Eagles fan knows that the red zone has presented great problems for this offense. In their most recent match with the New York Giants, they struggled mightily going three for eight in the red zone. They came through when it mattered the most but these trends cannot continue. They are 19th in the league in red-zone percentage with just 60.9 percent of their red-zone trips ending in touchdowns. They’re also converting a mere 33.3 percent of their two-point tries.

So, here we are, and here’s something that they can do about the issue.