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Colts writer gives three reasons why the Eagles will win

  •  on Sunday The Eagles showed some signs of vulnerability during their loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week. The good news is that Carson Wentz is coming back Wilbert Montgomery Jersey , but the bad news is that Philadelphia still projects to be depleted at the skill player positions. If you’re among those who might not be feeling super confident in the Eagles for some reason, today’s post might have you feeling a little better about the reigning Super Bowl champs.Bleeding Green Nation already took some time to chat with Stampede Blue in order to preview this week’s matchup. (You can read that here.) Today, we’re back with three reasons why each team might lose. This format forces us to consider each team’s weaknesses, rather than just being homers.So, below are three reasons why the Colts could lose, as written by The Falcoholic’s Chris Blystone. Stay tuned to Stampede Blue to see why I think the Eagles could lose.#1: Youth and InexperienceOf the players who took more than 50% of snaps on either offense or defense for the Colts last week, 11 of them are in either their first or second season. If you include players who are entering their third year, another 8 guys get added to the list of significant contributors. That’s 19 players on the Colts roster who have at most, two full years of NFL experience.Now, for many teams, injuries force them to play younger players before they might like to. However, with the Colts, this is actually part of the plan. Bring in and develop young players, get them ready to be key parts of the roster, or figure out that they don’t have what it takes and draft their replacements next year. There are a lot of advantages that come with having a young roster. First, you have athletes in their peak physical condition. They can often heal faster than veteran players, and the toll of playing at the NFL level hasn’t yet been exacted upon their bodies. This team is definitely a faster, more athletic team than any the Colts have had in recent memory. But with youth comes inexperience. The Colts have that in boatloads. They don’t have the experience to deal with adversity. They make foolish mistakes that seasoned vets don’t make. Where a wily veteran linebacker is disciplined to watch his keys and react to them Womens Harold Carmichael Jersey , the Colts have a group that bites hard on fakes. More established running backs know that sometimes taking what the defense gives you is the best move, and the Colts have a group that often would rather bounce outside for a big gain.The point is, the Colts are going to make mistakes. You can get away with that against some teams, but not when you’re playing the defending Super Bowl champs. They’ll need to play a mistake free game, and I just don’t think that is reasonable to expect.#2: 3rd Quarter DoldrumsThe Colts had a pretty remarkable run to their credit in 2017. They entered the 4th quarter with a lead in 8 of their first eleven games. Only the Eagles and Patriots led more during that time. The Colts incredibly only managed to win 3 of those games. That slide usually began with offensive stagnation in the 3rd quarter.While Frank Reich has been a breath of fresh air already this season with regard to game management and play calling, the Colts’ performances through two games in the third quarter is cause for some serious concern. While the team seems to get out to a great start early, when they go into the locker room at halftime, the offense appears to leave their brains there until sometime in the 4th quarter. It was this issue that resulted in a loss to the Bengals when the game had been under the Colts’ control pretty handily. For whatever reason, this team struggles to get any kind of offense going in the third quarter, and leaves their young and vulnerable defense on the field for much too long. Even if Carson Wentz comes out rusty to start this game, giving him the ball for most of the third quarter would be a pretty easy way for the Colts to find the game out of their reach.#3: Where’s the Pass Rush?There are a lot of things that make this young Colts defense kind of exciting. Pass rush is not one of those things. Great teams pressure the quarterback. It doesn’t matter if you have the best secondary in football, against a top quarterback, you’re getting picked apart if he can sit back and wait for guys to come open. That is the reality the Colts likely face against the quality offensive line of the Eagles (The lack of a pass rush, not the best secondary in footbal). They haven’t shown an ability to consistently get hits on the quarterback or collapse the pocket. Even with the Eagles’ receiver room depleted by injury, this is not a formula for wins. The Colts will have to resort to blitzes, stunts, and twists to get pressure. All those come with their own limitations and disadvantages.Carson Wentz is the best quarterback the Colts will have faced yet this season, and given the combination of his ability and that of the Eagles to effectively run the ball http://www.eagleslockerroom.com/authentic-randall-cunningham-jersey , I think the Colts’ defense will find itself on their heels and see this game taken out of the hands of Andrew Luck. If the defense can’t get to Wentz and get off the field, they’ll have no chance against this team. In gambling terms, Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy is doubling down on his offense and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky while everyone else is about to fold.Rather than wring his hands over Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, Nagy said he sees real signs the offense is about to emerge from a lethargic state.It could be too late to help the Bears make the playoffs at this point after three straight losses and a 3-4 record, but for any success to happen, Nagy said the team must continue to support Trubisky, who he thinks needs more time to develop because of a lack of experience coming into the NFL."You're talking about a kid that he wants it really, really bad," Nagy said. "He truly cares."At the same time there's also an accountability."Nagy acknowledged that a time will soon come when the third-year QB must start to make big plays and consistently move the offense without silly mistakes."And I think we're getting close to that," Nagy said. "And he knows that. When I say that, meaning like when there's opportunities to be made, we want to make those. And he wants to make them and he wants to do it."But it's the world we live in right now and people want it now. So it is what it is."Trubisky was 23 of 35 for 253 yards with one interception and a passer rating of 75.1 against the Chargers.While Trubisky had two critical fourth-quarter turnovers, an interception and lost fumble, he also drove the offense into position to win before a 41-yard field goal by Eddy Pineiro sailed wide left as time expired."As a unit right now, we didn't get the win, but we felt there was definitely an improvement," Nagy said.The real improvement came from rookie running back David Montgomery and a bigger commitment by Nagy to the running attack. The Bears used the I-formation at times Sunday and Montgomery gained 135 yards, more than double his previous high."It always helps having that balance as an offense Ron Jaworski Jersey , we're moving the ball, staying on the field, staying in third-and-manageable," Trubisky said. "It definitely helps, and it opened up a lot of things in the pass game, and I know it helps our linemen because they did a great job creating those holes all game, and it gives them confidence running the ball and in the pass game."WHAT'S WORKINGThe Bears' defense is up and running again after two subpar efforts. It held Philip Rivers to a season-low 201 yards passing and the league's third-ranked passing team had only 11 first downs. The defense also shut down the running game, allowing 36 yards on 12 carries.It was the way the Bears played in the season's first four games and last year."It's going to be huge for us to step up and take over games and dominate games at this point," linebacker Khalil Mack said.WHAT NEEDS HELPThe offense in general has to be better in the red zone. It went 1 for 5 scoring touchdowns on drives inside the red zone against the Chargers.STOCK UPMontgomery. His 27 rushing attempts were the most by a Bears back since Oct. 15, 2017. Nagy normally doesn't like giving the ball to a running back so many times, but after the running game has struggled all year, he didn't mind it Sunday when it started clicking.STOCK DOWNPineiro. The hero in the Bears' 16-14 win at Denver with a game-ending 53-yard kick not only missed Sunday from 41 yards but also hit the right upright in a miss from 33. He had only one miss on the season coming into the game."I have ultimate faith in him," Nagy said. "I do."INJUREDReserve outside linebacker Isaiah Irving left Sunday's game with a quad injury and didn't return. More will be known on his status later in the week.KEY NUMBER77 — The number of plays run by the Bears against the Chargers. That let Chicago pile up 38 minutes of possession time, a luxury the offense needs when it isn't scoring points in the red zone.NEXT STEPSThe Bears have to try to climb back to .500 at Philadelphia. It was the Eagles and Nagy's good friend Doug Pederson who eliminated the Bears in the playoffs last year on Cody Parkey's double-doink missed field goal. The game will be a reunion of sorts. Eagles running back Jordan Howard played his first three seasons for the Bears.
      January 15, 2020 6:00 PM PST
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