1st and 10, PHI 18.
Familiar 2TE stack on the right side of our formation, Avant motioned in to block.
There’s a hole, but it isn’t big. Celek is going to keep fighting on Holloman (57) and Kelce, right behind 92, is going to fight off and get to 54. Shady will bumble and stumble in traffic for 6.
2nd and 4, PHI 22.
Curious run, but I think on some of these plays where we only have six blockers we’re trying to get Shady out to the edge. The Cowpies have 7 in the box.
Johnson just misses his block and the two ends Wynn and Ware have Shady bottled up with nothing open up the middle. Shady makes a great jump cut an almost gets by Ware but Ware is a strong dude.
3rd and 4, PHI 24.
3rd and short. We come out in a passing formation and the Cowboys are in Nickel. Avant is wide right. DeSean started behind Foles but motions out to stack behind Ertz in the right slot. Cooper is wide left. The plan here is to pick on a rookie safety again, J.J. Wilcox now who is in for Heath. The slot CB, Scandrick, is going to stick with Jackson who runs a short curl. Wilcox is on Ertz who is running a deeper crossing route.
The baby giraffe wants this one. 54 for DAL rushed and McCoy picked him up. The other LB dropped to help Wilcox on Ertz. Foles see daylight and we only need 4 yards. But Nick Hayden, 96 in the middle, gets back across and closes the lane.
And now there’s no way this ends well. Punt.
Curious series. The way we’re running, 2nd and 4 might have been the time to stick with the power runs. Instead we run with 6 blockers vs. 7 defenders (Lane misses his block badly). Then we try a pass play (albeit picking on the rookie S which we’ve had success with).
1st and 10, PHI 20.
Run play. Here’s the blocking scheme. Another TE stack on the right of our formation.
Looks like another mistake from McCoy. Ertz from the two TE stack has pulled around and there are 7 Cowboys on the right side of our formation (left in the picture above) because the linebacker 57 headed straight that way.
But from the overhead, you can see McCoy’s momentum is all messed up and he’s stumbling forward. Maybe he tried to cut left and was worried about big Lane Johnson who had gotten pushed back. Maybe he just stumbled.
2nd and 11, PHI 19.
Lane Johnson is trying to get another penalty for lining up too far off the ball. The Cowturds are in Nickel and are going to drop both LBs in coverage. The rookie S is now banished to the CF role. DeSean is the slot receiver back off the line, and when the snap goes, the LB who will be responsible for him is no dummy. He’s not giving up the seam route.
So DeSean gets the short middle all to himself, as the other LB is on Celek. Foles might have held onto this one too long.
By the time DeSean gets the ball he’s all the way across the field and hemmed in. 3 yard gain.
3rd and 8, PHI 22.
DeSean is going to motion from the right, and the Cowboys are going to switch – the CB stays on the left side of their defense (zone), the MLB comes up to mirror DeSean. That’s usually a good sign that they are bringing pressure, since most teams don’t scheme to put an LB on a WR.
Here’s how it looks pre-snap. That LB is going to blitz, leaving their one slot corner on two guys.
They blitz the LB from our left, but Peters/Mathis are really good at this. The other LB stays at home to cover the TE. The CB originally on DeSean is still over there – 2 guys covering Ertz. On the other side, the CB chose Jackson so Avant has the middle of the field all to himself. 17 yard gain.
Just for fun – although it looks crowded, Foles’ pocket stays pretty clean as he throws to Avant over the middle. Those two guys covering Ertz? If Foles had passed on Avant, Ertz was open over the middle as well albeit for shorter yardage. Nice work Cowboys!
This was just a weird defense all around. They have two safeties in prevent, they drop one LB on the side where they already have the CB who Jackson left behind, then they bring the other LB up to "cover" a WR which isn’t going to fool anybody…and leave the middle open on a play where we have two WR stacked in the slot.
1st and 10 on the 40.
Treasure map but no treasure. I hate that. So now I’m going to make you look at this crappy telestration of a dull play. This is a couple seconds after the snap. Maybe we were trying to trick them with DeSean going behind into the flat while Avant ran the slant, but no one is open anywhere. Foles throws it incomplete under pressure. Coverage incompletion.
2nd and 10, PHI 40.
Run play, right tackle. Here’s the blocking scheme. We start with Celek and Casey stacked on that right side – yet again. Lane takes the DE, Celek takes the LB, Casey comes back across the line to deal with the weak-side DE. Herremans is part of a double-team, he’s supposed to get off it and get down to deal with 57.
Herremans got stuck in traffic (Lane crashed the DE down onto the double team before Herremans got out. But Shady ain’t afraid of no LBs. He fakes to the outside of Celek, who is doing a great job just standing up 51. Holloman bites…
But life can be so lonely. Herremans has finally come free and almost runs into Shady while trying to get over and block Holloman, his original assignment. Probably should have just turned downfield.
1st and 10, DAL 45.
This one turns into a real mess. We’ll do the other camera in a second, but for the time being we have two wide receivers who will run routes downfield, another TE stack (Celek and Casey on the L side of the line), and Shady in the backfield. The blocking scheme is the same as for a run play. We just ran this, except to the other side (though this time Celek will just keep going on a route instead of blocking). The line is going to crash to the left, and Casey is going to come behind the line to deal with the weak-side DE. Foles’ first read is Cooper to the left, who is well-covered. He doesn’t get any further than that because he gets sacked for a loss of 7.
Here’s the line. They have 4 lineman, three LBs, and a safety (42, Church) in the box. We have 5 lineman, 2 TEs, and an RB. Celek is going to run a route, Shady is going to run into the flat after the play-fake, each taking someone with him.
The safety will cover Shady in the flat, Celek will take one of the LBs with him, but the other two LBs are not doing a single thing. Which means we have 6 in protection (line plus Ertz) against 4 rushers.
So 54 must be spying on Foles or something, 57 is maybe trying to stay in a passing lane. Ertz is getting beat by the DE (that peelback TE on DE works a lot better on run plays than in pass protection), one of their guys is pulling some long delay stunt all the way around the line, Kelce and Mathis are double-teaming one guy, and Peters is trying to figure out what the fuck is going on. I should note that Foles’ first read, Cooper, is covered, and that Jackson is turning in on his shallow post and may be open – but he won’t have time.
If Foles had stepped up he had a good pocket, but as the picture demonstrates, a lot of people were confused on this play. Sack, loss of 7.
2nd and 18, PHI 47.
Run right tackle for 3 yards. Nothing exciting. Play developed alright but a couple of the Dallas D-Lineman got halfway off their blocks and got hands on McCoy.
3rd and 15, DAL 49.
3rd and long, Dallas is only rushing 4. Play design is pretty simple, bunch three WR to the left, have two of them go deep, hope the CBs follow, and then have Avant delay before running a short out route.
You aren’t going to complete a lot of 3rd and 15s (unless you're playing us), but Foles had a good chance here. He has a clean pocket throughout, and the design is working. The TE is occupying the slot CB, and the wide CB has to choose between Avant’s shallow route and Cooper's deep route. The rookie safety backing up the other already-benched rookie safety has long since been banished to deepfield. Foles doesn’t see it and makes a really poor throw to Avant. Keep this play in mind, it comes up again on the other side of the field later. Incompletion. Punt. Fair catch interference.
So this drive was really killed by that crappy sack and by Foles – he had his eyes downfield and didn’t step up one one play (fuck you Collinsworth), and then missed both a wide open receiver and the throw to the other open receiver.
But, Interception! We get the ball back!
1st and 10, DAL 49.
This is the big gain to Celek. We line up with the same 2TE stack on the right side of the line, and we run a play-action, except Foles is never really anywhere Shady (unless they think we’re running a toss sweep to the short side of the field). Ertz isn’t going to come across the line (maybe we learned our lesson about pass protection); he’s going to stay home and block while Celek runs through the traffic and heads upfield.
The play action has everyone heading in one direction, while Foles rolls out the other way. Celek is just starting his route above, right below the star.
The linebacker left on Foles is spying him instead of rushing and Foles has all day. I really like that he makes this throw. It’s clear going through these how careful Foles is with the ball. Celek is pretty well covered throughout the route but it is a mismatch (on the LB Holloman) and he makes a great throw.
1st and 10, DAL 15.
Only one wrinkle here, the two WRs on the right are going to cross. The slot corner is going to stay with his man, which means the outside CB has to turn in and follow DJ on his slant.
Foles make the throw early, which is important. The slot CB has his back turned, and the outside CB who came in to follow DeSean can’t turn back outside quickly enough. Easy catch and run for Celek, TD
After the break.
1st and 10, PHI 20.
This results in a sack for a loss of 9. Celek is going to come on a crossing route from the right side of the line, DJax is going deep across the middle, and I couldn’t tell who the other receiver in the stack is. I would have said Avant, but this guy has some serious wheels. Jeff Maehl sighting! Cooper is going to cut in. Both Celek and DJax are going to get picked on their routes, which slows them down. This’ll be important because the Cowboys are bringing a blitz.
Celek is getting blocked on his crossing route, DJax is about to get picked on his (in what would seem an illegal fashion). Meanwhile, in protection, Shady has taken the play fake but Peters has also turned in to follow the DE. The outside is unprotected and the Cowboy LB is going to bring the pressure. Peters and Mathis have had this covered all day but they just miss this one. And that’s a shame, because Maehl has the burners on.
Celek has finally gotten into his route, but needs another half a second to clear the LB in the passing lane. DJax is running into a stationary defender, and although you can’t tell from the stills, Maehl has left Scandrick in the dust and there is no way Church is getting there.
2nd and 19, PHI 11.
This is another fun one. We have Cooper and Maehl in a stack on the left, and Morris Claiborne is the only guy there covering them. Scandrick, with the the big question mark, is…doing something? This is directly pre-snap. On the right we have DeSean wide with a CB and the safety 42 Church helping deep. Number 38 back there is our old friend Heath, who after the break is getting another shot (but still not allowed to be close to the play). We could go a lot of directions here.
But they have six in the box so we’ll run it. Here’s the blocking scheme. Note that we’re double-teaming one of the DEs, which leaves 57 as the extra man yet again. It didn’t work out for him last time.
And it doesn’t work out for him this time. He goes right but the hole is to the left and Shady is in it. To be fair to 57, if he'd gone left, Shady would probably just have gone right. 16 yard gain. Scandrick hasn’t moved.
3rd and 3, PHI 22.
We aren’t having much luck on these straight passing plays. Guys run some routes…
And nobody is anywhere near open. Protection is okay, but Foles throws is away towards Celek. Punt.
Would have liked to see a run play there.