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Falcons vs. Eagles, Week 8: Atlanta DC Mike Nolan calls Philadelphia offense 'a sleeping giant'

Atlanta defensive coordinator Mike Nolan referred to the Philadelphia Eagles' offense as "a sleeping giant" in his weekly press conference.

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The Philadelphia Eagles have a ton of talent on the offensive side of the ball, but so far this season, they haven't been able to put it all together. The Eagles rank 30th in the NFL in scoring at just 17.2 points per game. But that doesn't mean Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan isn't worried about them as he prepares for the teams' matchup this weekend.

Nolan spoke to the media in advance of Sunday's game, and he acknowledged that despite their struggles, Philadelphia's offense is dangerous (via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution):

"It's surprising when you watch the tape. It's surprising to me that they haven't scored as much because they move the ball very well. I don't know exactly what their issue is. They'd know best what it's been. They are a sleeping giant in a lot of cases as far as their offensive output. They have always been good on offense. They have been good since Andy (Reid) got there. Marty Mornhinweg, who does a lot of the offensive work, but doesn't get much credit for it, does an outstanding job game-planning. He's one of the top coordinators in the league. I think he's got as much to do with their prowess as anyone."

As Nolan said, Philadelphia has moved the ball well this year, ranking seventh in the league in total offense. Turnovers and an inability to finish drives have hurt the Eagles all season long.

One major area of concern for Nolan is missed tackles, and Atlanta cannot afford many against a running back like LeSean McCoy. The Falcons have one of the worst run defenses in the league, so McCoy should get plenty of opportunities. Nolan said that his players just need to focus and keep working on getting better at tackling.

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