3 lessons learned from Eagles ahead of Week 11’s game versus Saints

Nick Sirianni (L), Jalen Hurts (R), Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
Nick Sirianni (L), Jalen Hurts (R), Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Boston Scott #35, Philadelphia Eagles
Boston Scott #35, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

The Eagles have the best run-blocking offensive line in the NFL… period.

Though most of us will never know what it’s like to be 300 pounds plus and play as an offensive lineman in the NFL, we’d have to assume that it’s much more enjoyable to execute a running play than serve as pass protectors. Sure, an NFL offensive lineman has to be astute at both aspects of the job, but there are so many things that you have to think about when you ask these guys to drop back and protect 30-40 times a game.

Where’s the opposing team’s blitz coming from? How does one block the man in front of them and account for where the quarterback is (or where he’s supposed to be), especially if he’s a scrambler like Jalen Hurts?

The Eagles, during the first part of the season, tried to transform Jalen Hurts into Aaron Rodgers when it was obvious that this team needed to help him out with the running game. They’ve adjusted, and now the offense has found an identity.

Jordan Howard has found his legs again. Boston Scott is the real deal. Since Week 8, the Eagles lead the NFL in rushing with 208 yards per contest. Landon Dickerson and Jordan Mailata are monsters.

Philadelphia has 22 runs of ten yards or more since Week 8. The message is clear. This offensive line is mean and nasty. Let this unit control things. Let them punch some people in the mouth. This is the best run-blocking unit in the National Football League… period! The Eagles can win a lot of games if they rely on them.