By Max Harper
The Eagles have the NFL’s third-worst defense on third downs, allowing opponents to convert 46.2% in those situations.
The average distance to go on third down against the Birds has been 6.6 yards.
The Eagles’ defense has faced 78 third downs this season and 27 of them have been 3rd-and-shorts (third-most in the NFL).
“We’ve been in a lot in third-and-shorts,” defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon said.
“How do you become a good third-down defense? Get it to third-and-long. Well, to do that, you’ve got to play pretty good on first and second down. … That really falls on me, how I call the game because when I’m aggressive and I call it aggressively, our guys perform. When we have been aggressive (on) early downs, there’s a pretty good clip where we’re getting it to where we want it to be on third down.”