Bryce Brown and Chris Polk finally got some meaningful playing time for the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday. This needs to continue. Both Brown and Polk made positive impacts on the game, and Polk in particular looked strong running the football between the tackles.
LeSean McCoy is an all-world talent. It is simply hard to get him off the football field. As we saw last week however, he can get very gassed especially in this type of uptempo offense. Whether it be the offense or the thin air of Denver, McCoy was breathing heavily into the oxygen mask and had to sit out a few series.
This gave Brown and Polk the opportunity to show their worth, and they took advantage of it. Each has their strengths in this offense. Brown has dynamic speed. He also isn’t a small guy so he will run you over when he gets a chance, and is a home run threat has to be accounted for at all times. He almost took one the distance on Sunday, but was tripped up and just missed the end zone.
Polk, on the other hand, is a pure bruiser. He’s a between-the-tackles workhorse that will thump you when he gets a chance. The Eagles haven’t had a short-yardage back that can pound it inside like this in a long time. Polk can certainly come in handy in third and short and red zone situations.
There is no better time for the Eagles to fully utilize their running back depth than Sunday. The New York Giants feature the 28th-ranked rushing defense in the league. McCoy, Brown and Polk should be able to feast on this defense. The running game will need to be the driving force for an Eagles victory on Sunday.