From 1999 to 2012 the Eagles were a passing team. No more. With Chip Kelly calling the plays, the Eagles have gone to the other side and become a running team. And it is awesome.
The Eagles lead the league in rushing. By a lot. The Eagles average 161.9 yards per game. The Bills are 2nd, down at 142.5 yards per game. That’s a difference of almost 20 yards per game. Last year the leaders were all within a few yards of each other. You have to go back to 2007 to find a difference of 15 or more yards.
Jimmy Bama wrote an excellent piece on the Eagles and their running game. He focused on the fact that the Eagles would be one of 20 teams in the last 30 years to average 160 or more yards on the ground. Jimmy broke those teams into several categories and the Eagles didn’t really fit any of them. This is a unique team.
The Eagles are also the best passing team of that group and it’s not even close. This really is a special offense.
Bo Wulf has been tracking the Eagles run game all year. His goal is for the Eagles to break the franchise record for rushing yards in a season (2,607 – 1949). The Eagles need 179 yards on Sunday night to do that. The Eagles have run for more than 179 yards in a game 5 times this season so they can do this.
The Eagles have 4 games of more than 260 yards this year. The rest of the NFL combined…one game. That’s pretty amazing.
The run game has really been clicking recently. Bryce Brown is finally running like the team expected him to. Chris Polk has been solid. Shady McCoy is always electric. Nick Foles is making good decisions when running the zone read. And you have to give a lot of credit to the Biggies up front. They’ve been on fire in recent weeks.
I would love to see the Eagles run for 180 and break the team record. That would be cool. It would also mean the Eagles beat the Cowboys. I don’t see any way the Eagles run for 180 yards and lose.
Eagles fans waited a long time for the team to start running the ball. How does it feel?
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Just how balanced are the Eagles?
Passes thrown (481) + Sacks (41) = 522
Runs = 466
The Eagles are throwing the ball 52.8 percent of the time. There are some called passes that became scrambles, but you can still figure that the Eagles are only throwing it about 55 percent of the time even with those factored in.
Last year the Eagles had 61.7 percent pass plays. You can bet scrambles would bump that up to 65 percent.
I love the current offense. I don’t miss the pass-happy stuff at all.
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The Pro Bowl players were announced tonight. Jason Peters and LeSean McCoy were the only Eagles to make it.
Nick Foles was a 1st alternate. DeSean Jackson and Evan Mathis were 2nd alternates.
I’m certainly not thrilled with these results, but it’s hard to get too fired up about the Pro Bowl. For the most part, it is a popularity contest. If you win a lot of games, that will help you.
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Back to the Bo Wulf piece for a minute…he surveyed Eagles players to find out their favorite kind of chips. I was highly disappointed that no one chose Utz. That’s my favorite brand, especially sour cream & onion.
As a kid I remember getting potato chips delivered to our house. Those were Charles Chips. I just don’t remember if they were any good.
One thing I loved as a kid, but hate as an adult is Cheeto’s. How the heck do people like those things?
And don’t even get me started on Pringles. They look like miniature saddles. And taste that way as well.