Philadelphia Eagles vs Minnesota Vikings All-22 Film Review

Well, I guess the winning streak had to come to an end at some point. This game had every feeling of a trap game, and unfortunately for us Eagles fans, it turned out to be exactly that. In this post, I’ll examine some of the key plays, good and bad, that brought about a loss for the Eagles this week.

First up is Matt Cassel’s 57 yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings. Cassel may be a backup at this point in his career, but you can’t sleep on him. He has shown the ability to play at a high level, and he can play the position like a true pro. Throws like this are perfect examples of that. Nate Allen is playing deep, but Cassel looks him off to his left, thus opening up space for Jennings on the deep right part of the field. He then works the pocket, stepping up to prevent Trent Cole and Fletcher Cox from getting to him before delivering a perfect strike for the touchdown.

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Here’s the view from the endzone so you can see how Cassel works the pocket on this play.

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The Eagles’ ensuing drive stalled in the redzone when on 3rd down, Nick Foles was sacked by Jared Allen. Foles was looking in Riley Cooper’s direction after the snap. Cooper runs a square in on this play, but is covered tightly. I’m not sure if there was some mis-communication there, it almost looked like he was about to run a fade route but ended up running the square in. What was missed is that on the right side of the field, Zach Ertz got open on a corner route (which they connected on later in the game)

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On the next Eagles’ drive which resulted in a field goal (we’ll get to that later), Foles made a clutch throw on 3rd and 9, delivering a 17 yard strike to Desean Jackson as Minnesota linebacker Audie Cole came in unblocked on a blitz. Check out the job of Foles does of standing in the pocket to deliver this ball, taking a few steps to his right to by an extra split second of time before setting his feet to throw, knowing full well he’s about to get creamed.

04_foles throw in pressure on 3rd downAnd now we get to why that drive ended in a field goal. Chip Kelly made a gutsy call to go for it on 4th down, and makes an even gutsier call to run a double reverse which ends up scoring a touchdown, only to get called by due to an illegal block by Nick Foles. Even though the play ended up not counting, I’m going to show it anyway because it really was a great call that caught the Vikings completely by surprise, so here it is.

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With the Eagles trailing 24-9 early in the 3rd quarter, their second drive of the half ended with a Nick Foles interception. This was just a bad read and decision by Foles on this play. The Vikings have the deep pass sniffed out as defensive back Shaun Prater initially starts off on Riley Cooper, but then releases him to the safety and goes to cover Jackson. If Foles was going to throw to Jackson on this play, he needed to hit him on his first cut to the sideline immediately after the playaction fake. By the time Foles threw to Jackson, it was too late. At that point, he should have just hit his checkdown to Chris Polk to his left for the safe gain.

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The Eagles began to mount a comeback late in the third quarter when Nick Foles connected with Desean Jackson on a 30 yard touchdown pass on a corner route. Foles does a great job on this play of looking off the safety, preventing him from being in position to make a play on this pass.
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And here is the endzone view.
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And finally we come to the play that in my opinion put the dagger in the Eagles’ hopes of a comeback and completely deflated their sails. After scoring 2 straight touchdowns to make it a 5 point game, the Eagles’ defense had the Vikings in a 3rd down situation with 14 yards to go on the Eagles 42 yard line. But they give up a 37 yard pass to tight end Chase Ford which lead to a touchdown and shifted the momentum back in the Vikings’ favor. Eagles’ linebacker Mychal Kendricks has Ford in man coverage on this play, but Ford ends up winning this battle to make the catch just beyond Kendricks’ outstretched fingers. Colt Anderson then makes things worse with a missed tackle that allows Ford to pick up an additional 25 yards after the catch. Here is the play

08 3rd down conversionWell that’s it for this week’s All-22 review. The Eagles face the Chicago Bears Sunday night in Philadelphia, which potentially could decide the NFC East division championship if Dallas loses to Washington earlier in the day.


Philadelphia Eagles vs Detroit Lines All-22 Film Review

What a game, what a game, WHAT A GAME!  I’ll keep this short and sweet and let you know up front that there won’t be much “analysis” going into this week’s All-22 review. I can’t even use any film from the first half since the snow was so bad it was hard to even make out who was who while watching it. So what I have done here is take 5 big runs from the monstrous 4th quarter the Eagles put up and will show them here from the endzone view so you can see how the line opened up the holes they did.

In the first half, I felt that Chip Kelly was calling too many east/west runs for the weather conditions. I think what we saw in the 4th quarter was a combination of the following things: Kelly calling more north/south runs, McCoy hitting the hole harder, and the offensive line getting a great push and wearing down the Detroit Lions’ defensive line. In a game in these types of conditions, it’s all about momentum. Once you can get a solid push on the guy you are blocking, it’s very hard for that player to recover and stop you from pushing him backwards. I also think that in this game, you saw the difference in conditioning between the Eagles and the Lions. When the ground is covered in snow like that, it makes it that much harder to move and you have to exert extra strength and take extra strides to move the same distance you normally would. And I think that played a big factor into why by the 4th quarter, the Eagles’ offensive and defensive lines were able to win the battle in the trenches.

First up is McCoy’s 40 yard touchdown run. Todd Herramins does a great job of clearing Ndamukong Suh out of the hole, and Lane Johnson does a great job of getting to the second level and putting a block on linebacker Stephen Tulloch, and Shady does the rest on this 40 yard TD scamper.
McCoy 40 yard TD run on Make A Gif

Next up is McCoy’s 57 yard TD run a few minutes later. The line again does a great job of opening up a running lane for McCoy, and this time Jason Avant makes a great block downfield to spring Shady for this 57 yard TD.
McCoy 57 yd td run on Make A Gif

This next play is just ridiculous. Check out some of the jump cuts McCoy makes on this run. It’s like someone forgot to tell him that it had just snowed 6″. I literally have no idea how he was able to keep his footing on this run.
McCoy 25 yard run on Make A Gif

Nick Foles decides to get into the action on this next one, as he takes this read option keeper for a 20 yard gain.

Foles read option on Make A Gif

Next up is Chris Polk’s 38 yard TD run to put the game out of reach and take a 34-20 lead. Tight end James Casey does a great job of getting across the line and putting a block on Lions’ safety Louis Delmas to seal off the weakside for Polk.
Polk TD run on Make A Gif

And finally we end with the 4th and 12 yard play to ice the game (no pun intended). This play is a simple read.  Foles has two options on this play, handoff to Chris Polk, or throw the seam route to Brent Celek. On this play, Foles reads the safety, and if the safety stays back, he hands off to Polk, if the safety bites on the run fake, then throw it to Celek. As you’ll see below, the safety comes in, making this an easy choice for Foles to make an easy touch pass to Celek to end the game.

Celek catch game ender

Good teams find ways to win no matter the circumstance or conditions, and that’s what the Eagles did on Sunday. And with Dallas losing to Chicago on Monday night, the Eagles are now in sole possession of first place in the NFC East as they travel out to Minnesota for next week’s game against the Vikings.

All-22 Review: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Arizona Cardinals

In this week’s segment of All-22 film reviews, I break down 4 plays from the Week 13 game vs. the Arizona Cardinals.  Let’s get into it…

Desean Jackson 14 yard Bubble Screen

This first play comes from the first drive of the second quarter for the Eagles.  On this play, Jackson, Brent Celek, and Zach Ertz are going to be out wide to the right, with Celek and Ertz set up as blockers for the screen pass to Desean.  Here is the diagram of the play.01

As you can see, the numbers for the screen pass are in the Eagles’ favor.  They have 3 receivers to the right, and Arizona has only 2 defenders.  Celek and Ertz are going to lay good blocks on their men, springing Jackson for a 14 yard gain.  Here is the play in motion.
Desean Jackson bubble screen on Make A Gif

Riley Cooper 24 yard reception

This play came later in the 2nd quarter, and it’s a play we’ve seen before with similar success.  Here is the diagram of the play.01

McCoy is going to come across Foles for the handoff, but Foles reads the weakside safety creeping up to the line of scrimmage, leaving Riley Cooper single covered as he runs a curl route.  Foles pulls the ball back and fires it out to Cooper.  The pass is high, but Cooper bails Foles out with an amazing one-handed grab, makes the cornerback miss, and takes this play for a 24 yard gain.  The Eagles ran this same exact play against Tampa Bay a few weeks back and turned it into a 40+ yard gain.

Here is the play in motion.
Riley Cooper Curl Route on Make A Gif

Nick Foles 9 yard read option keeper

This play came on the first drive of the 3rd quarter that lead to the touchdown that gave the Eagles a 24-7 lead. Here is the diagram of the play.01

The Eagles are set up for the bubble screen on the left side of the field, but the Cardinals have 3 men on that side and have it covered.  McCoy comes across for the handoff, but the unblocked outside linebacker (John Abraham) crashes in on McCoy, leaving the outside wide open for Nick Foles to run. Jason Peters does a great job on this play of getting to the second level and putting a good block on Karlos Dansby, guaranteeing that Foles will have a comfortable running lane on this play.

Here is the play in motion.
Nick Foles Read Option on Make A Gif

Zach Ertz 24 yard TD reception

This play gave the Eagles a 24-7 lead early in the third quarter.  The Cardinals are in a zone defense on this play.  Ertz is going to run a deep post route, and be 1 on 1 with safety Rashad Johnson.  Here is the diagram of the play.01

Ertz does a great job of selling the corner route, drawing the safety away from the middle of the field just enough to make Foles’ job a little easier.  This play is a textbook anticipation throw by Nick Foles.  As you’ll see from the clip below, as Nick Foles releases the ball, Ertz is just starting to make his cut.  Foles throws the ball with perfect accuracy, hitting Ertz right in stride on the post route, and with perfect timing as Johnson can’t get there in time to make a play on the ball.  Here is the play motion.
Zach Ertz TD on Make A Gif
That’s it for this week’s All-22 review, see you next time!