Earlier we covered the Eagles defense and Dolphins offense. Now we break down the flip side. What can our Eagles do against this below average defense? The biggest question is have the Eagles turned an offensive corner? Can we expect more of last week moving forward? We discussed this offense during our bye week podcast and thought a full offensive performance would be an anomaly. Although the Dolphins don’t have a great defense, the Eagles are statistically average across the offensive board. They currently rank 13th in PPG with 24.1 and 18th pass YPG with 244.8 (less than the Miami). Where I think the Eagles can take advantage of is in the run game. After struggling mightily through the first couple weeks the Eagles sit 10th in the league 121.6 YPG. Miami ranks 31st giving up a putrid 142.1 on the ground.
Player to Watch: Halfback DeMarco Murray
Murray had a fantastic second quarter of the season. The Eagles as a team went 3-1. He currently has 106 carries for 390 yards and 4 TDs. He has an outside shot at 1000 on the year but it’s really about the RB group as a whole. I could easily see the Eagles gaining over 300 yards if they truly want to. Miami is very poor as stated above against the run. This will be DeMarco’s coming out game as an Eagle. I see 180-200 yards and 2 TDs come Sunday 1 PM. There’s no reason why the Eagles shouldn’t have 35 plus team runs with Murray getting the bulk.
Player to Watch: Olivier Vernon
Vernon could cause some trouble for the Eagles coming off his end spot. He will most likely be matched up against Jason Peters (if he plays). Vernon has the ability to change a game with his talent. With an achilles injury to Cameron Wake, Vernon is the only pass rusher who can consistently get up field. We’ll go over this more in our pregame blog but expect the Eagles to come out in 12 personnel much like Dallas to give Peters help with the TE. A healthy Peters doesn’t need help but an aging banged up Peters will.
Eagles OL vs Dolphins DL
I’ve gone on record during our podcasts and it’s clear I’m not the biggest Suh fan. He clearly hasn’t reached his potential or the 60 million guaranteed with the Dolphins this year. However, he is still a force to be dealt with and can still change a game completely. The combination of Tobin, Barbre and Kelce must handle Suh if the Eagles want to run the ball effectively. They should be able to use his aggressiveness against him. Throughout the past couple weeks the Eagles have been puling their guards. They should be able to get a double team or two on Suh and get Murray and company to the next level on their undersized LBs.
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