Time of Possession: Key For Philadelphia Eagles Victory

By Ryan Wenzell
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

There is one key number that will have to be high for the Philadelphia Eagles to have a chance at pulling off a major upset on Sunday against the Denver Broncos  time of possession. Head Coach Chip Kelly seems to undervalue this statistic. Instead, he focuses on number … plays run. This is not the proper way to go about it against such a dangerous offense.

The less time the Eagles offense possesses the ball, the more it is in the hands of all time great quarterback Peyton Manning. This is a recipe for failure. Thus far in the season, the Eagles offense has focused on scoring points as quickly as possible and running plays at a break-neck pace. This is all well and good but the longer Manning gets the ball, the more taxing it becomes for a shaky Eagles defense.

The quick strike offense may be a more sound strategy if the Eagles defense was a really solid unit. So far, that has not been the case. They rank near the bottom of the league in total defense through three weeks and if they are on the field for 40 minutes plus like they have been the last two weeks, against Manning no less. Well, I don’t have to paint the picture.

It is critical the Eagles play ball control in this game. LeSean McCoy is playing better than any running back in the league right now. Ride him as long as you can and eat up clock while scoring points. If the Eagles deploy this strategy they may just ride McCoy all the way to an upset victory on Sunday.

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