The one reason the Eagles will dominate the run game without Miles Sanders
The Eagles have ripped off a 6-2 record after starting the season 2-5. The secret to the team’s success in the back half of the year? Sure, a cupcake schedule has helped, but we all knew about that before the season. Instead, it’s been the Eagles’ ability to run the ball at will.
Unfortunately, Miles Sanders has sustained another injury with two games left and the final Wildcard spot hanging in the balance. I’m gutted for him, especially because he has yet to find the end zone despite piling up yards.
Yes, we’ll all miss what Sanders brings to the table. However, I just think the Eagles rushing attack can be just as dominant with him on the sideline. The reason?
The Eagles’ offensive line is just that good.
Before we go any further, I’d never take the time to type out a blog post full of Sanders slander, so don’t even think of starting with that. Rather, I’m just here to contend that the Eagles can still punch their ticket to the playoffs due to the quality of the offensive line.
Some people want “real analysis” backed up with hard numbers. Well, if you’re one of those people, go somewhere else.
I’m not going to try and use numbers to convince you I’m right. You’re too bright for that. In fact, let’s do a thought exercise.
It’s pretty easy. Just think back on the games you’ve watched this season. Hell, take a look at the Giants game yesterday. Even better, think of those games Sanders missed.
Regardless of who has led the team in rushing for a particular game, be it Jalen Hurts, Jordan Howard, or Sanders himself, it’s clear: When the Eagles run the ball, it just works.
We’re lucky to have so many talented backs on the roster, don’t get me wrong, but just look at the size of the holes these guys are running through. Watching our offensive line go to work and just move guys to the side is like listening to a Mozart concerto or seeing a new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
It’s on another level of mastery, almost redefining the very art form itself.
It’s like we’ve got five 300-plus lb Moseses at the line of scrimmage every play. But instead of the power of God, they’re using superhuman strength.
It almost defies logic. We all knew the Eagles’ offensive line would be good, but this may be an even better performing group than the Super Bowl LII champs. I know it’s nuts to say, but it could be.
Sure, last season was rough, but the Eagles had over ten different o-line combinations and a QB that was as scared to throw the football away as I am of running into any of my exes in public. Not an easy gig helping a guy like that; my friends would know.
Even with the expectation of being top-tier every season, Jeff Stoutland has managed to coach up pretty much any player. Just look at the success story of 7th Round pick Jordan Mailata and his development into a stud LT. After a rocky start, Nate Herbig has filled in nicely for Brandon Brooks.
Hell, we’ve even got Lane Johnson scoring touchdowns. There’s really just no way to quantify how good this unit is. I don’t care what anybody says.
You know what, fine, I’ll use one stat. I’ll bend the knee, but there will be no math involved. Just a few numbers and most of them are typed out.
In six of their last eight games, the Eagles have reached 200 yards rushing. That is all.
Long story short, the run game will be just fine without Miles Sanders. The Eagles can run the ball on anyone because of those five guys up front. No slight to Miles; it’s just a testament to how damn good the big boys are.