3 Keys to a Philadelphia Eagles win versus Cincinnati in Week 3

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2. Miles Sanders needs to get touches in this Philadelphia Eagles offense.

The Cincinnati Bengals have had one of the worst run defenses in the league. They’ve allowed 370 total rushing yards and an average of five yards per rush to their opponents. It’s fair to say that’s largely a result of facing Austin Ekeler in Week 1 and then Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt in Week 2.

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Miles Sanders is seen as being on the verge of becoming a top-tier running back, especially in the eyes of Eagles fans. He should have an opportunity to prove that in Week 2. Regardless of who the Bengals face, that doesn’t change the fact that their linebackers are one of their defense’s weak links and that Geno Atkins and Mike Daniels won’t be active on Sunday to help Cincy’s cause.

At the second level, the Bengals have Josh Bynes who has plenty of experience and is a veteran leader for that group. After that, there isn’t much to discuss. Germain Pratt is still young and is still learning. Behind those two, there are three rookies and a fourth-year player who is listed as third-string.

At defensive tackle, D.J. Reader can do some damage but could really benefit from having Atkins next to him. Instead, he’ll probably share the field with Christian Covington, who is a good role player but not much of a starter. The Philadelphia Eagles call a lot of inside run calls, so Miles Sanders should have a field day against this defense. Start him in Fantasy if you have him on your squad.