The Philadelphia Eagles‘ offense worked on more than one level on Sunday, and it was refreshing to see Chip Kelly‘s group get their feet under them again. One of the key contributions to the success was Bryce Brown actually getting quality yards and lengthy runs. Brown has had a down streak in relief for LeSean McCoy over the last few games. Of course, not much of the offense worked those weeks, and with the offensive line struggles, Brown was destined to have issues.
Kelly mentioned that they had Brown “squaring his shoulders” this week. It was an obvious improvement. Back was the young player pounding through the line and bouncing off tacklers. He is the perfect counter-punch to McCoy and the Eagles have needed a power runner for years. Brown is not afraid to lower his shoulder and make a tackler pay for attempting to get him down. You could hear the impact over the television on Sunday.
Nick Foles requires Brown to be on his game this week. The Green Bay Packers have a quality defense and linebackers that can cover the field. The threat of a run game increases the impact of the option play without Foles having the legs to freeze the defense. The Packers are a tough opponent and the run game will open up things on the outside of Riley Cooper and DeSean Jackson. Foles can hit the man coverage pattern on the outside, with Brown and McCoy pounding the run all afternoon. There is no reason to think the Eagles can’t win this game, and Brown’s play will be a strong contribution to the effort.