How Jalen Hurts and the Eagles put a dagger in the Vikings’ defense

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The Eagles’ receivers have two clear skill sets: Route running and toughness. DeVonta Smith is a player that prides himself on beating his defender either with his speed or with his route running, and most of the time, it’s both.

On the very first play of the game, the Vikings came out with two safeties over the top with a cornerback covering the outside receiver.

In order to see what responsibility the safety has over the top, the Eagles run the ‘dagger’ concept.

Will the safety play a blanket defense and remain in the deep half of the field, or will he step up and help underneath?

He steps up.

Just to be sure of this, on the very next snap the Eagles run the exact same play and the safety once again, steps up.

Looking at the passing chart, Hurts took advantage of the underneath a lot, and allowed his receivers to make plays after the catch.

Per Sports Info Solutions, the Vikings played some form of two-high coverage on 17 of Hurts’ attempts in this game, allowing 13 completions in 14 attempts for 186 yards, Hurts’ touchdown, no interceptions, and a passer rating of 131.0. There was more Cover-4 and Cover-6 than Cover-2 or 2-Man, but as much as Minnesota defensive coordinator Ed Donatell called shell coverage, it didn’t tend to work for him.

As it stands right now, according to NBC Sports, the Eagles are eighth in the league in yards after the catch (289).

Seeing how easy the completion was with the ‘dagger’, the Eagles put that play in their back pocket and decide to pull it out with two-minutes left in the first quarter on a third-and-5, when they needed a first down.

This play and drive pretty much sets up the entire game for the Eagles offense. With the safety still stepping up to help the underneath, this left only one safety on the other side of the field against a dangerous trips bunch. This is where it starts to get interesting.

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