Good morning, Eagles fans. The Eagles close the regular season on Sunday in a game that has no effect on the postseason bracket, but the Eagles don't want to call it meaningless. They need a better offensive showing, and they're also trying to set a franchise record with 14 wins and finish undefeated at home. Will they do it?
— Zach Berman
This game won't have the same significance of a typical regular season game, but there's still reasons to watch. Here's what I'll be watching for at 1 p.m. Sunday:
Zach Berman: In the postseason, you'll face some good running backs. Is that where you can help the team the most?
Dannell Ellerbe: "I can help wherever I'm needed. I've been in some defenses where all I did was cover. In this defense, it seems like I'm going to be in for base, so that's going to be more playing runs. But I feel I can do it all. I'm not just a run stopper or a coverage guy. I feel I can blitz, cover, run."
Zach Berman: Were you wondering when your chance with the Eagles would come?
Dannell Ellerbe: "I knew it was going to come, I just had to stay ready. I was learning the defense. It's kind of hard to learn the entire defense in a week or two. I just had to do what I had to do. …I was paying attention, asking questions. …I'm good [with the playbook]."
Zach Berman: You've been a part of some good teams. What stands out about this team?
Dannell Ellerbe: "It's a family. Guys are light, guys are not uptight. They're having fun. That's the biggest thing. You want your guys to have fun and be light. When you're uptight and coach is always on you, it can sometimes get in your head. You can tell these guys are having fun out there. That's the biggest part."
A few questions to unpack here…
I wouldn't say "worried," but it's something to watch with kicker Jake Elliott. It's odd to be 4 of 7 from 30-39-yard field goals, yet 12 of 13 from kicks in the 40s and 5 of 6 from kicks in the 50s. Lt's throw in extra points, which are from 33 yards. Elliott is 39 of 42 on those kicks. Add that to the 30-39-yard field goals, and he's 43 of 49 (87.8 percent). That's not ideal, but it's better than the 57 percent you're citing. So pay attention to it going forward, but don't be "concerned" because he's a good, clutch kicker with a big leg.