FBG says: Good matchup. Philadelphia's run offense ranks seventh in the league in total rushing volume, but their metrics across the board rank right around league-average totals for yardage, touchdowns, and efficiency on the ground. In recent weeks, with Jordan Howard still not yet cleared for contact in practice due to a shoulder injury, rookie Miles Sanders has played a bell-cow-like role for the Eagles on the ground. Head coach Doug Pederson, however, has typically favored a running-back-by-committee approach in years past, and last week against New York, Boston Scott emerged as a potential candidate to spell Sanders in the Eagles' backfield. While Sanders missed some time due to cramps, Boston Scott posted 10 carries for a team-leading 59 rushing yards on the Giants' tough run defense. Moving forward, running behind one of the league's best offensive lines, if Jordan Howard remains sidelined, Miles Sanders should continue to play the majority of offensive snaps, but Boston Scott seems to have earned a share of the action in Philadelphia's backfield.
Much like Washington's pass defense, their run defense is headlined by a select few top-end run stoppers, but beyond that, there is little to get excited about. The Redskins have defended the second-most rushing volume in the NFL this season, allowing the 6th-most rushing yardage and over 4.3 yards per carry. They have allowed the 9th-most fantasy production to opposing running backs on the season, and aside from three premier run-defenders, they lack talent against the run this season. Along the defensive line, DaRon Payne's emergence as one of the league's strongest run-stuffers on the interior was one especially bright spot for Washington earlier this season. While some of that shine has faded in recent weeks, he remains a significant reason that they have allowed only 2 100-yard rushers on the season. Then, at linebacker, while Jon Bostic remains a liability, Cole Holcomb has picked up his slack as an above-average run stopper this year. Lastly, in the secondary, Landon Collins, who has disappointed in coverage, has not skipped a beat in run support. Collins is one of the most physical safeties in the league, and he makes great use of this hard-hitting ability when he comes down into the box against the run. Overall, the high rushing volume Washington's defense has been forced to deal with this season is the driving force behind their poor metrics against the run. However, if any of their top-three run-stoppers were to regress from their top-end levels of production (or get hurt) this could spell disaster for Washington's run defense.