The Eagles are a middle-of-the-pack team in terms of defending the run.
Heading into Week 16, the Eagles ranked 15th versus the run with 1,322 yards allowed. Do you know who ranked first? It was the San Francisco 49ers (1,252 rushing yards allowed). Their star tailback, Christian McCaffrey is probably going to win the rushing title. You can see why the Niners keep winning, right?
The allowed 86 yards and 4.5 yards per carry to Kenneth Walker III in Week 15. You see where this is headed right?
Verdict: Teams are beginning to do to the Eagles what the Eagles used to do to everyone else, run all over them. Fatigue is beginning to set in, but Philly must dig in and turn that around in Week 16.
Saquon Barkley has run for 797 yards and three scores in 11 games this season.
Say what you want about those offseason conversations about running backs and whether or not they should get paid hefty salaries. When you see the production the G-Men have gotten from Saquon Barkley, you can see why NFL teams are cautious.
New York placed their non-exclusive franchise tag on Barkley on March 7th, one he signed after it was adjusted to add a $2 million signing bonus and incentives on July 26. He has since run for the above stat line.
He racked up 14 yards on nine attempts (1.6 yards per carry) in Week 15. It would be nice if the Birds defense could produce a similar stat line in Week 16.
Verdict: Let's make long stories short. Here's the point. Don't let Barkley go off. Make the Giants one-dimensional.