5) The Eagles running game can’t slow down. The Eagles didn’t have the best rushing attack in the league in terms of statistics, but they easily had the most diversified. Everybody gets a taste in this offense, from Miles Sanders to Kenneth Gainwell to Boston Scott and Hurts. This offense ran for 148 yards against the NFL’s best defense. They’ve rushed for at least 135 yards in 12 games this season and eclipsed the 200-yard mark five times. The more Philadelphia can establish that presence on the ground, the more it can put opposing defenses in a precarious position. The Eagles are so loaded on the outside with Smith and Brown at receiver that deep play-action shots invariably become available for Hurts to seize. The Chiefs actually ranked eighth in the league in rushing yards allowed so don’t expect them to get rolled in this aspect of the game. Middle linebacker Nick Bolton is a gifted run stopper and the Chiefs are much faster on defense because of that youth movement. So, you can bet Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni desperately wants to win this matchup. The more he can control the football on the ground, the less chance Mahomes has to do something special with it.
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