The Eagles must allow fewer passing yards and touchdowns.
Under defensive coordinator Sean Desai's watch as a first-year defensive coordinator with Philadelphia, the Eagles have the NFL's best-rushing defense. They have only allowed 597 yards. They are tied with the Chiefs for the fewest rushing scores permitted. Both teams have surrendered three on the year.
Unfortunately, Philadelphia is also ranked toward the bottom of the league in passing yards allowed. They are currently 25th in passing yards allowed (2,313) and their 19 touchdowns surrendered ranks them 30th in that category.
After a rough start (680 pass yards and seven touchdowns allowed through the first two weeks), the Eagles pass defense appeared to be showing signs of improvement. Everything we have seen since Week 8's game against the Washington Commanders seems to have changed that however.
The Eagles' defense only allowed one quarterback to throw for more than one touchdown between Week 3 and Week 7, but they have been abused through the air more recently.
Here's a highlight from Darius Slay from the game versus the Miami Dolphins.
Philly allowed 290 passing yards and a touchdown to Commanders quarterback Sam Howell in Week 4. 222 yards were surrendered to Los Angeles Rams field general Matthew Stafford in Week 5. The latter also tossed two passing touchdowns.
Philly contained the Miami Dolphins' prolific passing attack. Tua Tagovailoa threw for 216 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Just as it seemed the Eagles' pass defense was showing signs of improvement, they regressed in the two games that followed.
The defense surrendered more passing yards in Weeks 8 and 9 than they had given up over any two-game stretch this season. Howell nearly threw for 400 yards (397 yards to be exact). He tossed four touchdowns in Washington's second contest of the year featuring the Eagles and Commanders.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott continued his solid career numbers against Philadelphia in the Week 9 matchup. He threw for 374 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. This isn't a recipe for success.
Several of the Eagles' victories have been close this year. That's partially due to the subpar play in their secondary. While a win is a win, the backend of this defense needs to improve its play, or they may experience a few losses during the remaining eight games on the schedule.