CARSON, Calif. — Philadelphia Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount is running angry. That’s how his teammates described it following a 26-24 win at the Los Angeles Chargers, and that’s exactly what it looked like, particularly on a punishing 68-yard run in the fourth quarter that helped secure the win.
“That dude the last two games has been like a man possessed,” center Jason Kelce said. “He’s been running hard in the first half, but as the game goes on, you can see how it wears down the defense. Arm tackles. Nothing is bringing him down in the second half. That run, the long one was incredible. I don’t even know how many tackles he broke. Four? Five? Insane. When a guy is running that hard and he’s running that well, the whole team feeds off that, especially the offensive line.”
Blount finished with 136 yards on 16 carries (8.5 ypc) to pace a ground game that racked up 214 yards, following up another strong showing, against the New York Giants, in which they finished with 193 yards on the ground. It was the key to a 13-play, 59-yard drive that melted the final 6:44 off the clock Sunday to clinch the win.
The resurgent running game is a main reason why the Eagles have finished the first quarter of the season atop the NFC East with a 3-1 record. Should things continue to go well for the Eagles, we might look back at the Week 2 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs as a turning point. Coach Doug Pederson dialed up only 13 runs that day, not one of which went to Blount. They have since dedicated to the ground game in a major way, averaging 40 rushes per game in their past two outings. Blount has had 28 carries for 203 yards in that span, and has looked pretty ticked off while doing it.
“Hell yeah, he’s been pissed off the last two weeks,” guard Brandon Brooks said. “All you’ve been hearing about is how our running game is this,…