An Eagles win can’t come at the cost of further injuries to Miles Sanders and Jalen Hurts.
Through 16 games, the Eagles’ offense has run the ball an average of 31.9 times per game. No one debates that this is the team’s strength. to this point in the 2022 NFL season, and it is undoubtedly the strength of this team. It stands to reason that they should do it more often right?
Philly has often ignored its running game, electing instead to pass early and turn to the ground attack when the passing game fails. Let’s hope that they have learned from their errors.
The Eagles’ offense must run the ball with consistency on early downs. This doesn’t just help the offense stay ahead of the chains (and out of third-and-long situations). This also opens up the opportunity for Hurts to implement some play-action.
Prior to Week 14’s game versus these same Giants, we called for Miles Sanders to be featured heavily. The Birds did exactly that, and he wound up rushing 17 times for 144 yards. He also reached the end zone twice.
Sanders, as mentioned, is wearing a knee brace and dealing with injuries of his own, so Philadelphia would be wise to deploy Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell to keep the Giants’ defense honest. Winning this game can’t come at the cost of further injuries to Sanders and Hurts.
The only logical reason for the Eagles losing this game would be ineptitude on offense, but that’s only one part of the game. Philly’s defense must stifle the Giants’ offense, one whose strength is also the rushing attack.