4 things Eagles must improve on to become playoff contenders again

Jalen Hurts #1 Nick Sirianni (R) Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Jalen Hurts #1 Nick Sirianni (R) Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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The Eagles have to be better versus the pass.

Many of you know this already, but it’s so astonishing that it has to be brought up again. After nine weeks, the Philadelphia Eagles had allowed a combined 75.5-percent completion percentage versus opposing quarterbacks. That had them on pace to make a little NFL history that they’d rather not associate themselves with.

Things got a little better versus Teddy Bridgewater in Week 10. Unfortunately, he still completed 22 of 36 passes and wound up with a 61 percent completion percentage.

So, here we are. Ten weeks of the NFL season are in the books and heading into Week 11, the Birds rank 20th in the NFL versus the pass in terms of yards given up. They’re ranked 13th in terms of yards per game given up. Most importantly, they’re 22nd in terms of points given up. It’s hard to win games when all of that happens.

There have been times that we’ve seen the offense and defense play at respectable levels in the same week, Philadelphia’s most recent game being the best recent example. Still, going forward, this defense has to make things easier on themselves. They can’t allow those easy completions underneath if they can help it. The best quarterbacks are going to eat them alive if they continue to do so.