The threat Jalen Hurts provides in the running game will create more opportunities for Miles Sanders.
The largest team rushing yards total posted versus the Niners came in Week 6, a 168-yard showing by Atlanta. Now, how did that happen? The answer is quite simple.
Three Falcons ran 50 yards or more: running backs Tyler Allgeier and Caleb Huntley and quarterback Marcus Mariota. Now, we must mention that Nick Bosa was absent for that one, but that’s still an impressive showing. The results were favorable for Atlanta as they won by a 28-14 final score.
While Miles Sanders won’t face a 49ers team that is lacking Nick Bosa, he will have Jalen Hurts with him in the backfield. That aids Philly’s running game as teams with mobile quarterbacks seem to cause the Niners issues.
The threat Jalen provides to opposing defenses as a runner aids Miles tremendously because he forces the Niners to adjust their defensive strategy to limit them both. That, in turn, creates opportunities for both players.
Having Hurts undeniably gives Sanders some wiggle room as defenders must be wary of the threat of a quarterback run. Can Sanders prove that his name belongs in the elite tier of NFL running backs? If he has a great showing versus San Francisco on Sunday, that will go a long way in creating a strong argument.