After two straight losses, the Eagles are attempting to bounce back as they prepare to take on the undefeated Denver Broncos. The Broncos are making a strong statement early in the season to be the best team in the entire NFL.
Peyton Manning is off to one of the best starts of any season for a quarterback, as he has already thrown 12 touchdowns and for over 1,000 yards. While the Broncos have shown themselves to be the most efficient and productive offense in football thus far, the Eagles have displayed flashes of brilliance as well.
Both teams possess star power at every position and are led by veteran quarterbacks. The backfield for the Broncos is run by committee with dynamic halfback Ronnie Hillman, rookie 2nd round draft pick Montee Ball, and powerhouse runner Knowshon Moreno all sharing touches.
The Eagles defense is going to have to contain these three versatile backs. The Eagles rank 22nd against the run and have surrendered big chunks of yardage gained on the ground in their first 3 games.
The injury to safety Patrick Chung may make the defense more susceptible to the run, and therefore play action as well. When a Peyton Manning led team is able to control the line of scrimmage and pick up yardage running the ball, it makes the Hall of Fame quarterback all the more dangerous.
However, the Eagles have a pretty good run game of their own. They rank 1st in the NFL in rushing, which can be attributed to a healthy LeSean McCoy and a run heavy playbook, designed by Chip Kelly. Jason Peters is also a vital part of the Eagles’ success running the ball, but he is dealing with an injured finger, which may hinder him during the game.
Nonetheless, while both teams rank high in certain areas, neither team is worrying about statistics. In a press conference during the week, Chip Kelly was asked if he thinks the Eagles’ offense can be just as productive as the Broncos’ this Sunday. He replied saying, “That means absolutely nothing to us. We don’t compare ourselves to anybody else”.
While the odds may be heavily stacked against the 1-2 Eagles, their locker room is still filled with optimism and this Sunday should be a great communicator of where the Eagles stand as a team.