New year. Same ratio.
The Eagles won a football game Sunday without much of a commitment to the running game.
Their final pass-run ratio against the Redskins was 45 pass plays and 20 running plays, but following the first quarter it was 36 pass plays and 13 running plays, and we saw Sunday at FedEx Field what we saw a lot last year.
Doug Pederson wants to establish the run early, then just abandons it, regardless of the score.
The Eagles escaped with a win, thanks mainly to the front seven’s domination of the Redskins’ offense and Carson Wentz’s improvising when things broke down. And any time you can open the season with a road win over a division opponent, it’s a great day.
But at some point, if the Eagles are going to be an elite team, a playoff team, three things have to happen.
1. Pederson has to find a way to stick with the run.
2. The offensive line has to open up some holes for the backs.
3. The backs have to produce.
I understand that the NFL of 2017 is a passing league. You win games by chucking the ball up and down the field. I’m OK with that. And the Eagles certainly have the quarterback to do it. But even in this era of super-charged passing attacks, you also …
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