As soon as a franchise quarterback falls due to injury, the general perception is that the team in question will go in free fall.
That happens most of the time, but some teams manage to stay afloat for one simple reason: a well-balanced offensive system that can rely on an efficient running attack, as the Philadelphia Eagles can do after losing their quarterback Carson Wentz. a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the knee and as the Minnesota Vikings have done since Week 1, when they lost Sam Bradford to a left knee injury.
Eagles without Wentz
In the absence of Wentz with the Eagles, the focus has been on his substitute, Nick Foles, but, the reality is that coach Doug Pederson will hardly maintain the same offensive system before the sudden and necessary change of quarterbacks.

On the last straight of the regular season, when the weather reduces the effectiveness of the passing game, the importance of the running attack increases and the Eagles are well armed with LeGarette Blount and Jay Ajayi to back Foles and carry the weight of the offense.
The Eagles have the NFL’s second-best ground offense, which produces 143 yards on average per game with Blount as the main weapon and with Ayai as an ideal complement.
While Blount tends to physically wear out opposing defenses with his attacks to the line of scrimmage, Ajayi takes action to add yards to defensive exhausted and beaten.
After being traded by the Dolphins to the Eagles, Ajayi averages nearly seven yards per carry. With Miami, that average was 3.4 yards.

Before Ajayi came to the Eagles, the Eagles averaged 129.3 yards per game and in the last five games with Ajayi dressed in green, Philadelphia runs for 165 yards per game.
Deception plays, spaces in short and deep areas in the passing game or uneven duels of runners and linebackers are situations that an efficient ground attack can create and the Eagles, with Blount and Ajayi, have enough and more to support the work of Foles and not force him to play like Wentz.
Vikings without Bradford … nor Teddy Bridgewater
The work done by Case Keenum in charge of the Minnesota attack could be described as extraordinary and much of the Vikings’ success in the current season is due to his performance.
However, Keenum has played with the benefit of having a good running game, the eighth best in the NFL by averaging 121.1 yards per game, led by the efficient Latavius ​​Murray.
The Vikings have a land attack similar to that of the Eagles, but not power and agility as the starring Blount and Ajayi but less wear with Murray (155 carries in 2017) and Jerick McKinnon (122 carries).

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