Reasons for Optimism on Eagles’ Offense
Leading the league in drops, penalties stalling drives, injuries to DeSean Jackson, Dallas Goedert, and Alshon Jeffery -- the Eagles offense has had to overcome many obstacles over the first five weeks of the season.
With five of their next six match-ups against defenses that are top-six in fewest yards allowed per game, the offense will need to be on top of their game or the season could get out of hand quickly.
There are many reasons to believe the offense's best football is ahead of them.
Three elements from the first five games should be seen as positives that the unit can build on as they enter phase two of the schedule.
Carson Wentz looks like Carson Wentz again
Say what you will about the struggles the offense has had in certain areas, one player that isn't struggling is Carson Wentz.
Sure. There are a few misses on throws he would like to have back over the last three weeks.
The fact of the matter is Carson Wentz looks better to start the season than he did in 2017.
He is back making the same "wow" plays that only a few quarterbacks can make in the league.
Wentz's numbers through five games are on pace to match if not surpass his numbers from 2017 that nearly won him MVP if it wasn't for a season-ending injury. His third down and redzone efficiency is in the top tier of the NFL.
If it wasn't for drops from Nelson Agholor in Atlanta, and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside vs Detroit, Wentz would have two game-winning touchdowns on final drives. Plays that would be a crucial part of a 5-0 start to the season.
Those drops have taken his completion percentage down from 66% to 60% according to Pro Football Focus's adjusted completion percentage formula.
Efficiency in crucial areas
Although the Eagles have not been able to hit the deep ball without DeSean Jackson, the offense has still managed to average 28 points a game, good for 7th in the NFL.
That is thanks in large part to efficient play on third down and in the redzone.
Philadelphia is currently the #1 third down offense in the NFL completing 7.4 third downs a game.
Their 68.42% redzone scoring percentage is sixth in the NFL. 14 of Philadelphia's 16 touchdowns have come in the redzone.
The Eagles have found balance deep in enemy territory too with eight passing touchdowns, and six rushing touchdowns.
Slow starts have slowed down
The poor first half performances on offense that have plagued the Eagles since the beginning of last year haven't shown up for weeks now.
Philadelphia sustained their 32nd ranked first quarter offense through the first two weeks but the Eagles are now 15th in first quarter points per game.
Not great but not terrible either.
Over the last three weeks, they are eighth.
The second quarter has been even better. The Eagles average the 7th most points in the second quarter, sixth over the last three weeks.
Clean up the penalties, get some version of DeSean Jackson back out on the field, and this offense can get to another level very shortly.