By Michael Donovan
Jordan Howard still can’t practice because of his shoulder injury, so the burden of the Eagles ground game against the Seahawks this Sunday will fall to rookie Miles Sanders.
Jay Ajayi seems to be still getting acquainted with the offense.
So Sanders will get most of the running back duty.
That is, unless coach Doug Pederson reverts again to his silly pass-happy play-calling.
Sanders has compiled 688 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. More importantly, he has managed to make the most out of his limited opportunities thus far with 4.3 yards per carry while hauling in 24 of his 31 targets out of the backfield.
Although he struggled to make the most of Howard’s absence in Week 11, that could be attributed to the fact that the offense struggled to get anything going against the formidable Patriots defense while splitting carries with running back Boston Scott. Fortunately, they have a much more favorable matchup this time around against a Seahawks defense that is currently giving up the ninth-most total yards per game (372.9).
Aside from Howard, right tackle Lane Johnson is still in concussion protocol and wide receiver Alshon Jefferey is still dealing with an ankle injury that kept him out versus New England.
Regardless, this could be all the more reason for the Eagles to put an emphasis on getting the run game going through Miles Sanders. Not only will it help keep the offense more balanced but it could also prevent the Seahawks from finding their rhythm on offense by keeping quarterback Russell Wilson off the field.