5 running backs on the Eagles schedule that could give their defense fits

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The Philadelphia Eagles rushing defense will be tested again in 2023.

Once we had completed all 18 weeks of the 2022-2023 NFL season, 16 players rushed for 1,000 yards or more. This coming season, the Philadelphia Eagles will face five of those 16 players.

Philadelphia’s defense didn’t show a ton of chinks in the armor the last time we saw them, but if there was an Achilles heel, it was stopping the run with regularity. You can best believe every offense they face with a running game that’s decent or better will be testing their mettle to determine whether or not that will again be a weakness for Shane Steichen’s unit.

Several talented rushers on the coming Eagles schedule come to mind. The New England Patriots are expected to deploy Rhamondre Stevenson. There’s Seattle Seahawks star Kenneth Walker III to think about. Who can forget about Dalvin Cook of the Minnesota Vikings? Yes, they all eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing last season.

Sean Desai has his work cut out for him, but Philly’s new defensive coordinator and his talented core, one that features a handful of guys from those impressive Georgia Bulldogs teams we have seen recently are out to prove opposing offenses have a problem.

No one’s going to take it easy when the Eagles are on the schedule. They figure to get everybody’s best shot, but five tailbacks on their schedule need an honorable mention.