October 14, 2012; Philadelphia, PA USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) moves past Detroit Lions free safety
(26) at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Eagles Rushing Offense vs. Lions Rush Defense
LeSean McCoy trails just Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson in the league lead for rushing yards this season as he eclipsed the 1000 yard barrier in last week’s win over the Arizona Cardinals. Back-up Bryce Brown has struggled on the year, though his opportunities have been limited. Nick Foles has shown he can be a threat with his legs as well as his arm; his rushing attempts have increased each week since he was named the starter. Philadelphia is second in the NFL in rushing yards per game, averaging 146.8 yards per game.
Led by Ndamukong Suh, Detroit’s rush defense has been stellar, allowing 82.7 rushing yards per game. The Lions defensive line and linebackers are strong up front; running between the tackles will be tough for McCoy. Detroit has been susceptible on the edges at times, losing contain on some long runs.
On a day when the weather may force more rushes, this battle could end up being the most crucial. Advantage – Detroit