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Broncos Prep for High-Powered Eagles

Posted Sep 25, 2013

The Eagles will come to Denver with the best rushing attack in the NFL.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – In his first season with the Philadelphia Eagles, Head Coach Chip Kelly instituted a high-octane offensive system.

The Eagles have the second most yards per game in the league with 461.7 – behind only the Broncos – and have done so with the shortest average time of possession in the NFL. They’re averaging a league-best 209 rushing yards per game.

The team with the NFL's second-most rushing yards per game averages 151.

“Stop the run and then get after the quarterback, that's always our game plan going into each game, no matter who the team is,” linebacker Shaun Phillips said. “But with a guy like (RB LeSean) McCoy and (QB Michael) Vick, those guys are very dangerous and they're capable of taking over a game at any time.

“So we've got to really be disciplined and gang tackle, because they're special players.”

Defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson added that “being stout inside and having gap integrity” would be crucial in halting the run.

McCoy is currently the NFL’s leader in rushing yards with 395 in the first three games. He’s clear of Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin and the rest of the rushers in the league by 98 yards. He’s registered a pair of rushing touchdowns and he’s averaging 6.37 yards per carry, which is the second-best average among running backs.

The Broncos are aware of McCoy’s ability to make defenders miss in the open field. Head Coach John Fox said that it’s going to take more than one player to bring McCoy down and compared his running style to Barry Sanders. 

“Definitely as a team defense, we have to be very disciplined this week,” cornerback Chris Harris said. “Everybody has to do their job, just like last week. We’ve got to stop McCoy. If we don’t stop No. 25, it’s going to be a long day for us. We want to make them one-dimensional again.”

The Eagles have also been particularly efficient on offense, with just one three-and-out in 38 possessions.

But the Broncos have already seen this scenario once before – last week, in fact.

The Raiders came into town with the best running attack in the league and a mobile quarterback. The Broncos held Oakland to 49 rushing yards and nearly half of those came on one scramble by Terrelle Pryor.

“We’ve got the personnel to prepare for anything,” defensive Tackle Terrance Knighton said. “Each week is going to be something new. A lot of teams in the league now are going to this type of offense so we’ll just adjust and see what other teams did to be successful. We have a good game plan that we’re set for, we’ve just got to go out there and execute.”

 

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