The Philadelphia Eagles have Super Bowl aspirations and when healthy, they have the goods at various positions to justify laying money down on their odds. It’s just the cornerback position that gives so many pundits and analysts pause when picking the Eagles to win the NFC East or make a deep playoff run.
Despite a performance that saw the Eagles offense play well, for the most part, the Eagles will head to Dallas uncertain of how to proceed at cornerback. Jalen Mills and Cre’Von LeBlanc are set to return, but will their presence really make a difference?
Howie Roseman has been labeled a salary cap guru and one of the top general managers in the NFL, but if he doesn’t address the cornerback position before the trade deadline, he’ll have wasted one of the most efficient seasons of Carson Wentz’s career.
We previously talked about Kirk Cousins having a 5-3 record against the Eagles in his career. Cousins has had some really big games against the Eagles and Philadelphia did nothing to make Dalvin Cook beat them, choosing to sit back and play man to man against Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen.
The results were disastrous.
Kirk Cousins went 22 of 29, for 333 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. Cousins averaged 11.5 yards per pass attempt, while Diggs and Thielen ran wild all afternoon, accounting for 224 yards receiving and four touchdowns.
Diggs hauled in three on the afternoon, scorching the Eagles secondary to the tune of seven catches for 167 yards on the day. For the Eagles and Howie Roseman, the question has to be asked, what now? Darby, Mills, LeBlanc, and Maddox will all return at some point, but will the results?
The Eagles will deal with Dak Prescott, Josh Allen, and Mitchell Trubisky before the bye week, with all three signal-callers capable of having huge passing numbers against the Eagles embattled secondary. After the bye, Philadelphia will see Tom Brady and Russell Wilson before embarking on what was supposed to be the easiest portion of their schedule.
If the cornerback position isn’t addressed, will there be a playoff run to make?
The trade deadline is set for October 29, and it’s not out of the question for the Eagles to place a call to the Broncos about Chris Harris, or the Cardinals about the recently reinstated, Patrick Peterson. The Jaguars have reportedly turned down two first-round picks from a mystery team, but it makes sense for the Eagles to make that call to Shad Khan one more time, to check his temperature on the matter.
The Eagles are currently 27th in the NFL in passing defense and give up an average of 271 passing yards per game. The Eagles have given up 15 passes of 20+ yards or more, with opposing offenses attempting almost 40 passes per outing.
Howie Roseman must strike now, or risk wasting one of the most efficient seasons of Carson Wentz’s career.