The first time the Eagles and Packers played, both teams had a lot of success on the ground. The Eagles rushed for 149 yards (mostly by Michael Vick) on only 20 attempts and the Packers kept the chains moving with 132 yards on the ground.
The Eagles quietly finished fifth in the NFL in rushing yards and first in yards-per-carry. It wasn’t just Vick. LeSean McCoy averaged 5.2 yards-per-carry and racked up 1,672 yards from scrimmage. Jerome Harrison averaged 6 yards per-carry as McCoy’s backup.
“Going into this game plan, I’m running the ball a little bit more,” McCoy said Thursday via the Philadelphia Inquirer. “With [the Packers’] type of defense – a 3-4 – they kind of invite you to run the ball.”
We’re not sure about the logic McCoy uses, but the end result is the good idea. Outside of Vick, McCoy is the team’s MVP.
“We’re going to run it a bit and kind of get him out of that pocket a little bit more,” McCoy said. “I think that, with play fakes, will help him out.”