Eagles Still Have Major Issue to Fix After Week 5 Win

The Philadelphia Eagles still have a major issue to address despite getting a strong win in Week 5.
The Philadelphia Eagles still have a major issue to address despite getting a strong win in Week 5. / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles put together an impressive performance in Week 5. The offense clicked in way it mostly hasn't this season, and Jalen Hurts was back to his dual-threat playmaking. Meanwhile, the defense adjusted at halftime to incredible results, blanking the Los Angeles Rams over the last two quarters.

However, for all the positives that came out of this matchup, there was still one glaring issue on full display.

Hurts and the offense moved the ball almost at will in Los Angeles. His pass-catchers had no troubles finding holes in the Rams' coverage, and the QB had little issues getting it to them. Hurts also earned some major yards as a rusher, making this unit dynamic once again.

Yet, when it came to actually getting the ball in the end zone, that's where Philly struggled. The Eagles only converted two of their six trips to the red zone into touchdowns.

This does include the turnover on downs in the fourth quarter when the game was essentially over. But, Hurts threw an interception on Los Angeles' 20-yard line in the third period that didn't count toward red zone attempts since it wasn't inside the 20, so those basically equal out.

Philadelphia failing to come up with touchdowns more often than not made this contest much close than it should've been. The Rams didn't even score in the second half, yet they only lost by nine points.

The Eagles got away with this in Week 5 against a lesser opponent, but field goals won't be enough to beat the league's truly elite teams. And there's no reason an offense that features Hurts, A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith, Dallas Goedert and D'Andre Swift can't find its way into the end zone.

After all, touchdowns accounted for 68% of Philly's red zone scores in 2022, placing them No. 3 in the league. This year? That number's fallen to 42.1%, knocking them all the way down to No. 27.

Jake Elliott is well on his way to a Pro Bowl year with how he's played, but the Eagles should look at his leaue-leading field goal attempts (17) and makes (16) as a bad thing. The end goal of every drive shouldn't be to tack on three points. That keeps lesser teams in games and puts even more pressure on the defense, which is also dealing with several significant injuries at the moment.

The good news is that Hurts and the offense appear to be rounding into form with how they've played over the last two weeks. This unit does rank No. 2 in yards per game and No. 5 in points despite its lack of touchdowns, so they're not having much troubles moving the ball. Now it's about turning those FGs into TDs, though.

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