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NFL Power Rankings, Week 7: Why Bill Belichick should be the favorite to win Coach of the Year

The Eagles defense hasn’t been what it was projected to be this season. Philadelphia has been able to stop the run but has struggled against the pass, ranking 20th in DVOA. The finger has been pointed at defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and his insistence on loading the box to stop the run, which leaves his underwhelming cornerback group on an island outside.

In order to consistently load the box, Schwartz plays a lot of single-high safety coverages. That helps to close off the middle of the field, but it leaves the boundary cornerbacks with no safety help deep. And on Sunday night, we saw the Cowboys take advantage of that on Dak Prescott’s long touchdown pass to Amari Cooper.

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