The Chicago Bears need to shut down the Eagles run game and force them to be one dimensional
The Philadelphia Eagles have been riding the magic of Nick Foles into the postseason. However, if their run game has not quite been on the same level and could be where the Chicago Bears make Foles one dimensional.
Last year Jay Ajayi exploded in the postseason. This year, the Eagles are relying on Wendell Smallwood, Josh Adams and Darren Sproles. While Nick Foles has brought the team three wins, Josh Adams has 37carries for 99 yards over the three game winning streak.
Wendell Smallwood has 23 carries for 103 yards and Darren Sproles has 19 carries for 86 yards. The fact of the matter is that they can be contained on the ground.
The Eagles rank 27th in rushing DVOA, and they rank 20th in adjusted line yards. They do not have good backs, their line is not helping them, they are a t team that is capable of forcing into being one dimensional.
The Chicago Bears did a great job in keeping their base personnel on the field against the Rams, and shutting down the run which forced Jared Goff to be one dimensional. He struggled to push the ball down the field and the Bears shut them down.
If they can do this to Todd Gurley, they can surely do it to Adams, Sproles, and Smallwood. What makes it better is that the Eagles will force the Bears to play more base personnel.
The Eagles run more 12 personnel than any other team, which means 2 tight ends and 1 running back. This incentives the Bears into playing their best players and their best run defenders.
The Bears should keep three defensive lineman on the field and dominate the run with them. They can dedicate their linebackers to the tight ends and force this team to being one dimensional. This should ramp up pressure on Nick Foles that he has not seen before. This should give the Bears enough to win.