Every week here at Pro Football Spot we revisit what took place during each of the Eagles’ regular season games.
The Philadelphia Eagles were officially eliminated from the playoffs following a close loss to the Baltimore Ravens Redskins 27-26. With nothing else to lose on the season, a failed two-point conversion at the last second summarized the Eagles season—unproductive.
Defense able to rally in second half: In the first half of the game, the Eagles looked beat on almost every level. Pass rush was non-existent and the secondary was getting handled by Joe Flacco. As soon as the second half rolled around however, the Eagles defense started to get momentum by stopping big plays and getting to Flacco and causing pressure. This defense does well when there is consistent pressure—one of the reasons the game was kept close and did not end in a blowout.
Offensive line paved way for Ryan Mathews: Against the #1 run defense in the league, the Eagles running game proved to be quite effective despite the matchup on paper. With the remaining backup offensive lineman in as starters, the Eagles proved that they can hold their own when the running game gets going and is established early on. Having 13 rushing 1st downs provided the momentum the Eagles offensive needed to continue drives and push forward.
Only time will tell for rookies: Jalen Mills, Byron Marshall and Carson Wentz himself will all develop and probably will need the upcoming offseason to better their game. With the playoff hopes done, the only thing left for the Eagles rookies to do is prepare for next season by logging in their remaining snaps.
Statistic of the Game: The Eagles offense ran 24 more total plays than the Ravens but had 12 fewer total yards.
Player on the Rise: RB Ryan Mathews
Stay tuned for next week’s installment of articles for the Eagles Week 16 regular season game against the New York Giants.
Brendan Walker is an NFL Analyst and Editor for Pro Football Spot. You can follow Brendan on Twitter at @BWalkerASU