Two new starters in the Eagles' offense stepped up and performed with high marks as the NFL's highest-scoring unit (tied with the Rams) kept rolling along Sunday at the Giants. Quarterback Nick Foles "played good, sound football" and was "ready to make big plays" stepping in for Carson Wentz and Chance Warmack "graded out really well" at left guard, said offensive coordinator Frank Reich on Tuesday.
Reich thinks that the special "something" with this Eagles offense isn't necessarily talent on the field. It's what is happening off the field that is translating to in-game success.
"I don't care how great you are," Reich said. "The 'team' thing can never be lost from this thing. I think that's what we've been talking about all year – how special the chemistry is, how much the offense and the defense and the special teams, how close and how we're all behind each other. I think that really showed up."
A challenge on Monday night against Oakland is waiting in the person of defensive end Khalil Mack, who has 10.5 quarterback sacks this season, including six in the last four games. Mack, in his fourth NFL season, has been in double digits in sacks the last three years. He will line up on either side for the Raiders, meaning that right tackle Lane Johnson and left tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai will have to prepare for the Mack attack.
"You have to be able to adjust and know where he's going to be," Reich said.
The mentality for the offense, one that it has followed all season under the direction of first Wentz and now Foles, is to be aggressive and disciplined at the same time. The Eagles want to push the ball down the field and get "chunk" plays, but they also want to be smart and not turn the football over.
It's working, as the Eagles have turned the ball over just 16 times and have a 9 in giveaway/takeaway ratio.
"The quarterbacks are doing a great job," said Reich, who added that Wentz was back in the quarterback room on Tuesday helping Foles and No. 2 quarterback Nate Sudfeld prepare for the Raiders.
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