Another Eagles Strength: The Run Defense

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Defensive linemen have a crappy job in the Eagles’ 3-4 defense.  It’s as brutal and difficult as any position in football, but thankless, too!

By design, they focus on stuffing the run instead of quarterback sacks, which bring all the glory (and big paydays). Three guys square off against five lineman and a tight end or two, battling for a draw so that linebackers can run past them and make highlight reels. And the offense’s pretty boys get to score almost all the touchdowns.

So let’s take a moment and appreciate how great the Eagles’ run defense is.  Even as run stuffers, they get no respect because Chip Kelly’s tempo offense means they face a lot more plays than most teams, which means they give up more total yards.

The standard statistic is total rushing yards allowed in a season.  Last year, the Eagles gave up 1,771 yards, exactly in the middle of the league.  But they faced 473 snaps, 5th most in the league. Denver, praised for giving up only 1,276 yards, faced the fewest run plays in the NFL.

The better statistic is yards per carry, and the Eagles tied Denver for 4th in the league, at a miserly 3.7 YPC.  But the Eagles also forced 10 fumbles and kept six of them, best in the league.  The Bronco’s only took away one.

So let’ s see how the Eagles did, at hostile Lambeau field, in shutting down the Green Bay Packers top two runners:

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Yeah, that sounds about right.

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23 Responses

    1. I was tailgating for the Phillies game and watching the characters coming out Fantasy Fest was pure entertainment for me. It was a collection of the worst stereotypes that people have for us Philly fans…..jorts, calf tatts, etc.

    2. It was a good time. Decent amount of women believe it or not. One thing I did notice was that when I was leaving there were some stereotypical douched tailgating for the Phillies game wearing jorts wife beaters and having 1 stupid hoop earring in like it’s 1995 all over again. Team sucks fans are worse.

  1. Hey guys:

    A few new selfies of me from the wknd just went up. Be sure to stop by and compliment me!! Me, me, me !!!!

    For the record: I won the cat fight with Beaker

    1. I saw her “I’m drinking my Sunday coffee and taking notes on the Eagles game” selfie earlier today. She is a good lucking girl and I think if she was one of my ladies that Mr. Barkann would procure her services at least twice a week.

  2. Mark let’s get down to the real story around here. How big is it. The big piece. How much heat are we packing. Who wins in a sword fight between you Jim and Kyle and can I watch. Write that article and take pictures and maybe we can take you more seriously

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