At one point early on, the Detroit Lions' match up with the Philadelphia Eagles looked as if it could be a snoozer. The Lions were an average team, and the Eagles had lost three straight games while looking largely unimpressive adjusting to Chip Kelly's new style. Since then, a rapid adjustment has taken place, and Sunday's game pits a pair of teams in first place in their respective divisions.
Philadelphia's comeback has been fueled in part by Nick Foles, who's been on fire since becoming the Eagles' full-time signal caller. What has made Foles so impressive? How might Philadelphia keep him upright against Detroit's dominating defensive line, which collected seven sacks the last time on the field? Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer stopped by to talk about that, and offered his opinions on Chip Kelly's system.
ZB: The most impressive part of what Foles has done has been avoiding turnovers. The Eagles are plus-13 in games they've won this season, and Foles has played in most of those games. He has not yet thrown an interception, although he lost one fumble. But the way he takes care of the ball has been critical for the offense, and has helped the defense because teams aren't playing with short fields.
One thing I should note about your question, you won't see the Eagles under center. They'll be in the shotgun most of the game, if not all of the game.
I do think the Eagles have an advantage over Detroit's secondary, as long as Foles has time. Detroit obviously has a strong defensive line. But if Foles can set his feet and throw the ball, he can have another impressive outing.
(2) Lions 101: The Lions' defensive line was particularly active against Green Bay last week and caused plenty of havoc. What can Chip Kelly do to limit their impact against Foles and his offensive line?
ZB: Besides one-on-one blocking, there's only so much they can do. The Eagles need to be able to run the ball so they can sell the play-action and get the defensive line thinking LeSean McCoy has the ball. That is one way they can help.
But it comes down to individual matchups. That's specifically the case on the interior. Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, and Todd Herremans need to play well against Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley.
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