Philadelphia Eagles Must Prepare for Potential Disastrous Pass Rush in Week 5
The New York Giants have been known to have some ferocious pass rushes over the years. Even though the Giants have struggled mightily this season and have only recorded four sacks in four games, the Philadelphia Eagles still must prepare for what could potentially be a disastrous pass rush.
“We know they have a good pass rush,” quarterback Michael Vick said, according to PhiladelphiaEagles.com. “They do a lot of good things up front, play a lot of games. It’s going to be up to us to try to counter that and do a good job of blocking and maintaining the integrity of the pocket.”
“They have the ability in their front four,” guard Todd Herremans told PhiladelphiaEagles.com. “Actually they’ve got five guys that can easily get in there and rush the passer. We’re expecting anything, prepare for the worst, hope for the best.”
One way to counter a solid pass rush is by continuing to run the ball with success. Philadelphia currently ranks first in the NFL in rushing yards per game (198.3). Meanwhile, New York has allowed a whopping 122.5 rushing yards per contest. That means the Eagles will have a good opportunity to establish the run early, which will result in good pass protection for Vick.
Considering New York knows that getting after Vick is the only way they will win their first game of the season, it is imperative that Philadelphia prepare for anything that is thrown their way.
Stopping the front four will certainly be no easy task. The fact that the Eagles have struggled to keep Vick upright is a legitimate concern, especially when playing a team that has yet to flex their muscles this season.
There is no question Philadelphia has to be careful on Sunday because the contest against the Giants has all the makings to be a trap game. The good news is they should be able to walk away with a win as long as they execute the run and give Vick enough time in the pocket.