EAGLE EYE IN THE SKY
BY FRAN DUFFY
The Eagles got a huge win last Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers on the road,
and one of the biggest plays of the game happened in the fourth quarter. The Eagles
received the ball with the game tied at 27-27. On the first play of the possession, rookie
running back Miles Sanders busted off a career-long 30-yard run to get the Eagles in
striking distance. Let’s see how the play unfolded.
This is one of my favorite plays in all of football, and it’s called the Wham play. The key is
the block from the tight end, in this case Dallas Goedert, who erases the defensive tackle
on that side, Green Bay’s Dean Lowry.
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Fran Duffy is the host of the Eagle Eye in the Sky
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Now you may be thinking ... “How is this a good matchup?
A 250-pound tight end blocking a 300-pound defensive tackle?
In what reality does this work?” If it’s timed up right, and you have
angles and deception on your side, it works really well. The Eagles
motion Goedert in tight to the formation late before the snap, hiding
his intent to block the tackle, and he completely erases Lowry from
Who are the offensive linemen now responsible for on that side? Who
do they block since the defensive tackle is gone? That’s the beauty
of the Wham play. Tackle Jason Peters and guard Isaac Seumalo can
release upfield to block second-level defenders, putting big-bodied
blockers on smaller defenders – advantage Eagles.
Goedert and Lowry are out of this frame to give you a better look
at how this unfolds. Seumalo goes right up to the linebacker level,
basically uninhibited. Peters crunches the safety, Adrian Amos, who
is over Zach Ertz. The tight end washes out the pass rusher, Preston
Smith. Ertz doesn’t need to dominate Smith on this play. All he has
to do is keep him away from Sanders for about a second and a half.
A Wham run is a quick-hitting play that should strike the heart of the
defense in a hurry, as it did here.
Look at the crease that opens up just as Sanders gets the handoff from
Carson Wentz! This is a thing of beauty. It results in a huge gain for the
Eagles on a drive-opening play that results in the winning points for
your favorite team on the road in a crucial NFC matchup.