LaGarrette Blount has been running over tacklers his entire career, but I’m not sure he’s ever had a run quite like the above.
Blount was a man child on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers. He finished the game with 136 yards on 16 carries plus a 20-yard reception. In the wake of Darren Sproles‘ long absence, the running back, who was signed this offseason to help a running game that struggled in 2016, stepped up in a major way in the Philadelphia Eagles‘ 26-24 victory.
The Eagles got Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement involved as each had 10 carries of their own. However, Blount was easily the most effective of the three. I expect Blount to get a majority of the carries now after back-to-back impressive performances. This will be welcome news to Eagles fans that witnessed Blount getting zero carries against the Kansas City Chiefs. Don’t expect that to happen again any time soon.
The Eagles emphasized their rush attack in the last two games. They rushed for 193 yards in a last-second win over the New York Giants, then hit the Chargers for 42 carries and 214 yards. Running the ball well will always lead to success in the NFL, regardless of how much the league has shifted to focus on the passing attack. The Dallas Cowboys proved that in 2016 and the Eagles are doing the same these last couple of weeks.
Running the ball keeps your defense fresh and can demoralize the opponent’s defense. This is especially true when you can run the ball even when the other team knows it is coming. The Eagles’ offensive line has been manhandling people of late. It was clear they missed Lane Johnson when he sat out 10 games last year — the Eagles went 2-8 without him — but are looking spectacular and have led the Eagles to a 3-1 record, which is best in the NFC East.