The Eagles need to lean on Ryan Mathews versus Seattle
18 November 2016 Eagles News
After a successful day of running versus the Atlanta Falcons, the Eagles need to continue to use that same recipe. During the game, the Eagles gave the ball to running back Ryan Mathews. If they want to win versus the Seahawks, they need to do the same.
Mathews ran the ball 19 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught the ball twice for 30 yards. On the day, he averaged 5.7 yards a carry. Almost everytime he had the ball, he was making a positive play.
We are looking at a Seahawks team that is very good versus the run. The average just 96.8 yards against a game. That is just 3.5 yards a carry. The Seattle defense is ranked 7th in the NFL in terms of rushing defense.
As of right now, the Eagles rank 11th in rushing offense. Averaging 118.9 yards per game and 4.3 yards per carry. However, if you know the Eagles, they have not seemed like a top rushing team.
In terms of dominant performances, the best one was the recent one versus the Falcons. Mathews took a lot of pressure off of the shoulders of Carson Wentz.
That is why it is so important for the Eagles to ride Mathews. They cannot afford to limit the run game and let the pressure and the crowd get to Wentz. It is clear, their best rushing attack is when Mathews is the lead back.
To be successful versus the Seahawks the Eagles need to establish the run. Without it, Wentz will not have a fun flight home from Seattle. The Eagles need to lean on Ryan Mathews versus Seattle.
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