One of the concepts the Eagles continue to break out from week to week are the mesh concepts we've talked about here and here. They've really done a nice job attacking man coverage and freeing up players across the field. As we've shown in previous posts, one particular combination the Eagles have had success with is adding a wheel route. This generally has given the Eagles running back a favorable one-on-one matchup that the Eagles have been suceessful in exploiting.
It happened again last night
Here the Eagles will run shallow intersecting crosses from both sides of the field with Brent Celek and Desean Jackson are going to run shallow crosses to the middle of the field, and Jason Avant is going to add to the mesh. Chris Polk is going to release from the backfield on the wheel route:
As the mesh comes together, #57 has coverage responsibility on Polk and you immediately see the ground he needs to cover:
And he's got no chance:
Later in the quarter, the Eagles go back to the same concept. This time Riley Cooper is send on a reverse, but they run the mesh underneath. They attack the edges with Riley up top, and Polk on the wheel route on the bottom.
Desean again runs a shallow drag and his man can't keep up with him across the field:
And then in the 2nd quarter, the Eagles return to old faithful. Except this time, it's a double mesh concept. One mesh behind the line of scrimmage, and one in front. Here, McCoy and Desean are going to cross in the backfield attacking opposite edges. Underneath, it's Cooper and Ertz on shallow crosses.
McCoy rushes to the flat for an easy score:
Your move Rob Ryan