by Paul Domowitch
WHEN THE EAGLES RUN THE BALL
The Eagles’ offensive line had zero missed starts last season when LeSean McCoy ran away with the league rushing title. Through 11 games this year, they have 18. They used their seventh different line combination Sunday against Tennessee.
The lack of continuity up front has hurt the run game, particularly early on when three of the five starters were out. McCoy averaged just 2.9 yards per carry in the first four games. Since then, though, things have improved. McCoy has rushed for 80-plus yards in six of the last seven games and notched his third 100-yard rushing performance in six games Sunday.
He and Darren Sproles have collectively averaged 5.0 yards per carry since Week 5. Sproles only has 44 rushing attempts, but has 10 double-digit runs, 14 rushing first downs and a career-high five rushing TDs. While the Cowboys have allowed 4.3 yards per carry, the only team that really dominated them on the ground was Houston, which rushed for 176 yards on 31 carries in Week 5.