Tough Broncos ‘D’ a challenge for Eagles’ offensive attack
The Philadelphia Eagles will be facing one of the NFL’s top defensive teams when the Denver Broncos come to Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday (CBS3) for a key matchup at 1 p.m. The Eagles (7-1) have been a scoring machine throughout the season behind quarterback Carson Wentz and his passing attack. Wentz has thrown for 2,063 yards and 19 touchdowns this season. He has done a great job of connecting with tight end Zach Ertz (42 receptions for 528 yards and six touchdowns) and wide receivers Alshon Jeffery (28 catches for 416 yards and 3 TDs) and Nelson Agholor (27 receptions for 392 yards and five TDs).
Wentz has been able to put together a great passing attack throughout the season. However, the Broncos have a great pass rush led by linebacker Von Miller who has seven sacks on the season. Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich is well aware of his mobility in getting to the passer.
“I would expect him to move around,” Reich said. “He’s moved over to our left, their right, as you say, enough times that every team has to prepare for it for sure.”
Head coach Doug Pederson knows the Eagles will have their hands full with Miller.
“First of all, Von is a tremendous pass rusher as we know,” Pederson said. “A lot of respect for him for his play and his style of play. He’s tough whether you’re playing him in Mile High or anywhere.
“But the thing I think that as an offense, if you have multiple snap counts [it] can definitely help, meaning you can you go fast at times. You can go slow down at time. You can mix the cadence up. It’s just got to be a rhythm thing from a standpoint of the offense where we’re in sync and we’re in rhythm with the snap count that Carson [Wentz] has on that particular play. That’s a good way of trying to equalize or at least eliminate some of those pass rushes.”
In addition to Miller, the Broncos (3-4) have some great defensive players such as linebacker Brandon Marshall (50 total tackles, one sack), safety Justin Simmons (36 total tackles, one interception), defensive backs Chris Harris Jr. (22 total tackles, one interception) and Aqib Talib (13 total tackles, one interception, five passes defended).
If the Eagles can get off to a good against this vaunted Broncs defense, that should give them a boost. Denver comes to Philly in desperate need of a win. The Broncos have lost their last three games.
After this game with the Broncos, the Eagles will head into the bye week. The Eagles next game will be against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Nov. 19 on the road.