Keys to the game: Eagles need to unleash their run game on Falcons
5 September 2018 Eagles News
Tomorrow, the quest to repeat as Super Bowl Champions begins. It’s time to defend the crown and for the Philadelphia Eagles, a familiar foe will be in town. The Atlanta Falcons, who the Eagles beat on the road to the Super Bowl last season, will be hungry for revenge. For the Eagles to win this game, they must win the line of scrimmage and run the ball.
Last season, the Falcons finished ninth against the run, allowing on average, 104 yards a game. That’s compared to the Eagles third best rushing attack last season which averaged around 132 yards a game. When the two teams met in the playoffs Jay Ajayi led the Eagles in rushing with 54 yards on 15 carries. Other than that, the Eagles struggled to run on the Falcons.
This time around, the Eagles have gotten a big boost in their run game with the return of Darren Sproles. Although Ajayi is slated to lead the team in carries, having a change up back with Sproles’ ability is huge. Adding Corey Clement to the mix, the Eagles have developed quite a three running back conundrum for opposing defenses.
But, like any offense, the key to the run game starts at the line of scrimmage. The Eagles need to win the battle in the trenches to have a successful run game. If they do so, they’ll be able to run the ball and control the time of possession.
It’s easier said than done, but if the Eagles can get their three running backs going early, the game is in their hands. If all of them are having success, it’ll be extremely hard for the defense to make a stand. The run game holds the key to this game, let’s hope the Eagles unleash it.
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