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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 29: Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the third quarter in the NFC Championship Game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 29, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

We are near the end of the Eagles Bye Week. But there is still a week and change to wait until we get to the Super Bowl. And to pass the time, Anthony Gargano talked to Zach Berman from The Athletic to review the last two games and preview the upcoming Eagles-Chiefs game. What did Berman think of the Eagles’ victory over the Niners? Can they replicate that vs the Chiefs?

On the Eagles’ Blueprint to Victory

“Even if Purdy didn’t leave that game, I don’t think the Niners were going to keep that game close. When I saw the way that game was going, I think the Eagles were going to get to Purdy through that game. You saw they got to Josh Johnson. The pass rush was going to be like that… What you have seen in both games is the formula the Eagles have. Pass early, take a lead, and then run late. 28-0 at halftime against the Niners, 21-7 against the Niners, that’s hard to replicate. But what you can replicate is that blueprint that they used.”

On How to Attack the Chief’s Defense…

“The Chiefs have been susceptible to WRs this year. You have Aj Brown, you have Devonta Smith… And this is the challenge of playing the Eagles’ offense. The weapons that they have. You can force Jalen to pass the ball. But Brown can beat man coverage. Smith can beat man coverage. And we all know what Goedert can do… The Chiefs’ defense this year has been more focused on stopping the big play… That is the trend around the NFL. You are seeing that with the Chiefs’ defense. I’m curious if the Eagles can get those explosive plays against the Chiefs defense. When you have AJ, Devonta, and Jalen, that is such a big part of what they do, especially early in games. Shane Steichen likes to stretch the defense early in games.”

Listen to the full conversation with Zach Berman below…