2. The Eagles must run the ball (for real this time).
With exception of what we saw from the New England Patriots’ dynasty, most Super Bowl champions have relied on their running game to squeeze the air out of the football and pound the other team into submission.
Even during their Super Bowl run in 2017, the Eagles led the league in rushing, which was a key factor in Carson Wentz‘s magical run that year.
That team seems so distant from where this team’s philosophy appears to be currently that it almost feels like a legend or folklore.
The two years that have followed the Eagles’ championship run have seen major inconsistencies in the ground game. At times, this team remembers that it has one of the most talented offensive lines in football, and they stick with the ground game. There were no greater examples of this than what we all saw in key wins versus the Green Bay Packers and the Buffalo Bills.
Then, there are other times where we see long stretches of games where it feels like there are no running backs on the roster.
This has to change. This team needs to rely on the full complement of backfield playmakers to help the offense maintain some balance. There may be some temptation by Coach Pederson to overuse Miles Sanders, but one or two guys have to be added to the backfield with Sanders and Boston Scott to make valuable contributions.
Regardless of who is taking handoffs, the Eagles must stick with the running game.