Sep 27, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running backDarren Sproles
(43) is taken down by New York Jets outside linebackerQuinton Coples
(98) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steven Ryan-USA TODAY Sports
Can The Philadelphia Eagles Win Battle of Field Position?
Here’s a statistic that is not reflective of the Redskins’ results on the field. They lead the NFL in the yards per game differential. The three teams immediately behind them are the Cardinals, Bengals, and Patriots (all of whom are undefeated). It’s imperative that the Philadelphia Eagles move the ball and limit Washington’s offense. For the season, the Redskins lead the NFL with nine drives of ten or more plays. That accounts for 28.13% of all the Redskins drives. If the Eagles offense cannot win the battle of field position or sustain drives, the defense is going to be extremely inefficient late in the game.
An aspect that I have been critical of for Chip Kelly’s offense has been time of possession. Against the Jets, the Eagles finally came close to winning that battle. The Eagles possessed the ball for 28:11 against the Jets. Baby steps.