The Eagles will have a unique opportunity to get the run game going vs. Giants
10 October 2018 Uncategorized
Although the Eagles have had their struggles running the ball, this Thursday presents them a perfect opportunity to get it going again.
The Eagles will travel to New York to take on the Giants who are the 27th best run defense in the league. On average teams are gaining 4.6 yards a carry as well as a total of 124 yards per game. They have only given up four rushing touchdowns, but that’s still third most in the NFL.
With Jay Ajayi our for the rest of the season, it’s the perfect time for the younger running backs to gain some confidence and momentum moving forward. The Giants are going to try and stop Carson Wentz, leaving the Eagles run game open.
With that being said, Darren Sproles is still questionable, so that leaves the Eagles with Wendell Smallwood, Josh Adams and Corey Clement back from injury. Smallwood’s done a nice job over the past two to three weeks, but this could be a game Clement shines in. Either way, one of the two will have an opportunity to make a few plays.
This week, Head Coach Doug Pederson spoke about the run game saying, “I love to run the football and I think our guys are good at it … at the same time we can’t fall behind. … We’ve got to figure out a way to start games faster.” (Per Dave Spadaro)
This leaves us to question, are the Eagles going to come out firing Thursday? Last season, the Eagles used the run to springboard their offense. This has been absent from their attack this season and it’s about time they get it going. Against a shaky Giants run defense, it’s the perfect time to.
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