Clearly the hot topic coming out of Sunday’s game continues to be the run game.
An issue that has garnered this kind of attention feeds into exactly what this site was created for.
Instead of just talking out of our asses like this....
(And all these years I thought you needed a franchise QB to be a great team. Excuse me, who was Denver's 'bell cow" in 2015? Who was New England's "bell cow" in 2014 or any other year for that matter?)
... we actually use numbers to back up our points.
Saying a team needs to run the ball is like saying you need to wrap up or you need to block well- We get it, it's important.
But is an even (or close to even) run-to-pass ratio really that important?
Here is a list of the ratios from the 2016 playoff teams and their league rank.
2. Dallas Cowboys- 50.81% run, 49.19% pass
5. New England Patriots- 46.71 % run, 53.29% pass
6 Miami Dolphins- 45.92 % run, 54.08%
9. Atlanta Falcons- 43.95% run, 56.05 pass
11. Houston Texans- 43.89% run, 56.11% pass
13. Kansas City Chiefs- 43.01% run, 56.99% pass
14. Oakland Raiders- 42.14 % run, 57.86% pass
17. Seattle Seahawks- 41.55% run, 58.45% pass
20. Pittsburgh Steelers- 40.70 %run, 50.30 pass
23. New York Giants- 39.96% run, 60.04% pass
29. Green Bay Packers- 37.63% run, 62.37% pass
31. Detroit Lions- 37.08% run, 62.92% pass
The Eagles ranked 16th in the league with a 41.83% run, 58.17% pass ratio. So clearly they had some sort of balance under Pederson
Both conference champions ranked in the top 10, and both teams with the top conference records ranked in the top 5.
On the other side of the argument, the Bills ranked 1st and the 49ers ranked 4th- they both sucked.
The 2015 Denver Broncos ranked 18th- they won the Super Bowl.
As you can see, playoff teams did rank toward the back end of the league.
Green Bay went to the NFC title game and ranked 29th.
The Steelers had Leveon Bell and ranked 20th!
But despite an unbalanced ratio, those teams could run effectively when needed.
You don't need a bell cow to be a great team.
You don't need a 50/50 ratio.
But you do need to be able to run the ball effectively in key situations.
If the Eagles can do that, and keep some pressure off of their QB and O-line along the way, they have a legit chance to be a 2017 playoff team, regardless of where they rank in run-to-pass ratio.
My advice: For now, everyone relax, take a deep breath, the Eagles are 1-1, not 0-2.