McNabb Needs To Leg It Out Vs.Dallas
Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb insists that his sports hernia and other assorted injuries don't prevent him from running. The statistics indicate otherwise. McNabb has rushed 20 times for 33 yards and no touchdowns. That is a paltry 1.7 yards per rush.
If the Eagles are going to take advantage of the gifts delivered yesterday by Minnesota and Tampa Bay respectively with their wins over the N.Y. Giants and Washington Redskins, then McNabb is going to have to get some production from his legs.
In the earlier 33-10 loss at Dallas, McNabb faced a fierce pass rush and was sacked four times. He rushed twice for all of two yards.
Dallas realized he wasn't going to run and McNabb essentially became a sitting target. The Cowboys will do the same thing tonight, forcing everything to the middle and not expecting McNabb to dart to the outside.
A few runs would open things up considerably, not only for running back Brian Westbrook, but for the young receivers. The Eagles were far too predictable in their first meeting with Dallas and that explains why they accumulated just 129 total net yards.
Before this season, the lowest yards-per-carry in McNabb's career has been 5.1 in 2003. Last season he ran the ball just 41 times, but averaged 5.4 yards and scored three touchdowns.
McNabb has proven that he is an elite quarterback who can do much more than run, but the Eagles are now in a desperate situation, where they need every weapon available to them.
And there are few things that are more unsettling to a defense than seeing McNabb take off down field.
He insists that he can run effectively. Tonight would be a good time to prove it, or the Eagles playoff run could finally run out of gas.