Las Vegas Raiders: 3 Philadelphia Eagles to worry about in Week 7
Miles Sanders, RB
With 57 carries for 270 yards and zero touchdowns, Miles Sanders isn’t lighting the league on fire, he isn’t even the leading rusher on his team, but the third-year vet out of Penn State has a healthy average at 4.7 and the Raiders rushing defense has been lack-luster.
The Las Vegas Raiders defense currently sits 25th in rushing yards allowed while the Eagles are 15th in rushing on the offensive side of the ball.
With Gus Bradley completely transforming the secondary into not only a competent unit but a strength of the team as a whole, it is safe to assume the Eagles may attempt to avoid testing a passing defense that came up with three interceptions and five sacks against Denver and put it on the ground.
Sanders is a shifty back with quick feet and the ability to slip through would-be tacklers with ease when he gets going. The lack of numbers has to do with the Eagles neglecting a running game that works. So far this season, the Eagles have rushed only 30% of the time on designed calls, with many Eagle fans complaining about that lack of volume.
It will be interesting to see if that rate increases in this week’s game plan, or will the Eagles try and go strength versus strength against the Raiders defense and air it out.