I wouldn't call us a great running team despite the fact that we ranked #1 in the NFL in rushing offense this year. Here's my reasoning:
I think the success of our running game had a lot to do with the success that Vick had on the ground. And I think if you slow down Vick, you will severely halt our rushing attack. Now I know that's easier said than done, but the Eagles I believe have the tools to stop Vick, with the speed they have upfront and a great set of safeties in Dawkins and Lewis.
The Eagles are weak against the run, but I think they are weak against a team that can grind it out with RBs, not against a team that will have them chasing a QB across the field. I don't want to belittle the Falcons accomplishments this past season, but I believe we led the league in rushing due to the big plays that Vick's legs sparked. He had 10 gains of 20 or more yards, while Duckett and Dunn combined for 11.
Despite being #1 in rushing yards, we finished 20th in time of possession, which I think further illustrates we are a big play rushing offense rather than one that can control the clock and wear away at defenses. And IMO, that's the kind of style that the Eagles are very prone too, which is what the Steelers did and why they dominated them so.
Vick getting 18 yards, and then Dunn & Duckett combining for only 6 on the next 2 or 3 plays just isn't going to cut it. We have an explosive offense, but I'd prefer consistency more than explosion when you're playing a defense as tough as the Eagles. And I believe they will bring their A game in these coming weeks, as I think they will beat up on the Vikings and then possibly on us. We shall see.
Don't get me wrong. I think we can beat the Eagles, but I think it will probably take the best 4 quarters of football from this team we've seen all year. A testament to Jim Mora if he gets the team up to the challenge.
"Vincere scis, Hannibal, victoria uti nescis" -- Maharbal, 216 B.C.E.