EAGLE EYE IN THE SKY
BY FRAN DUFFY
Carson Wentz was outstanding in the Eagles’ Week 16 victory over the Dallas Cowboys,
executing a game plan that was near-flawless by Doug Pederson and his coaching staff.
One benefactor of that game plan was tight end Dallas Goedert, who was forced to step
up in a major way after the injury to Zach Ertz early in the first quarter. Goedert led the
Eagles with a career high in catches (9) and yards (91). Goedert’s touchdown in the first
quarter gave the Eagles a two-score lead and a commanding presence in this game that
they never relinquished.
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The Eagles come out in their 12 personnel package out of a
“closed” formation, with both Ertz and Goedert lined up with their
hands in the dirt on the line of scrimmage to one side and a pair of
receivers to the opposite side.
At the snap, Greg Ward acts as if he’s catching a screen pass from
Wentz, who throws a pump fake that way. That pulls the eyes of
multiple Dallas defenders to that side of the field.
This opens up a void in the back of the end zone for Goedert’s stick nod route, a double move where he sells like he’s running to the sideline
before breaking toward the post. Wentz puts the ball up high where only his man could get it, and Goedert pulls it down for the score.
What I love about this touchdown is that it was a culmination of a year’s worth of work from the Eagles’ coaches on offense. If you go back
to last year’s game in Dallas, Goedert had an outstanding game in that contest as well. He caught a touchdown on the exact same route in
the same area of the field. That in itself is pretty cool, but my favorite part is the pump fake before the throw. Wentz fakes the throw to the
left, pretending to throw the quick screen pass to Ward, before coming back to the stick nod route from Goedert. The Eagles hit that quick
screen last year against the Cowboys, again in the same area of the field, for a touchdown to Alshon Jeffery.