The Philadelphia Eagles defensive line is going to wear down the Chicago Bears tackles as the game goes on
Underrated behind the rise of Carson Wentz and the Eagles offense, is that the Eagles defensive line may be the best unit in the NFL on paper. In terms of depth, talent, youth and experience, the Philadelphia Eagles have it all. They rotate four defensive ends, allowing fresh snaps on every down. This is going to push the Bears tackles, their biggest liability on the offensive line to the brink of melting down.
Graham is the leader of pack. He leads the team with seven sacks, and is constantly in the back field. Graham has a great combination of hand usage, speed, and power as you can see below.
Graham lines up against right tackles, which means Bobby Massie is in for a very long day. He does not have the speed, to match up with Graham, and with Graham playing about 70% of the snaps, there is a good chance that he is line for a sack with this matchup.
Curry plays about 54% of the defensive snaps and lines up almost exclusively against left tackles. He has three sacks this season, and is relentless and consistent with how hard he goes. Curry is typically a player who is going to win with his speed.
But, he can use that motor to create some power to take on a guard if needed.
Everyone should probably know Chris Long by now. Number two overall pick, and Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots. Long had a nice run back in the day when the Rams were in St. Louis, and is at age 32 now.
However, he is the veteran who can play a little less than half of the snaps, but you know that you are getting discipline, technique and consistency with every snap. Long has lined up on both sides but has three sacks this season coming against right tackles. There is a good chance that Bobby Massie is going to be exposed or prove legitimacy in this game.
While they have the 32-year old veteran who has seen it all getting rotational snaps, they also have the first round rookie with upside joining him. Barnett slowly has come along, and has played 44% of the team’s defensive snaps. He has 4.5 sacks this season, and all have come in the last five games. The scouting report on Barnett is simple. He is not a great athlete, but is a perfectionist with movement, especially when it comes to his dip. That has already shown up in the NFL this season.
They have the national darling in Graham. The unknown guy in Curry. The vet in Long and the rookie in Barnett. It is all there. There is just no doubt about it. The Bears tackle are going to be in for a very long day from start to finish. How they perform in this particular matchup is the difference in this game.