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Eagles offense poses big challenge for Vikings defense

Posted by: under Vikings, Vikings defense, Vikings road games Updated: December 23, 2010 - 10:58 AM

A main story line this week revolves around how the Vikings defense will contain Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who is having an MVP-type season.

The Vikings defense continues to give up too many big plays and missed tackles, which could be a huge problem if that happens Sunday night. Here are some numbers that reflect how explosive and balanced Philadelphia's entire offense has been this season, particularly the past seven games when the Eagles have gone 6-1:

-- The Eagles rank No. 1 in the NFL in total offense and No. 2 in scoring at 29.4 points per game.

-- They are one of only two teams to rank in the Top 10 in both rushing (4th) and passing (6th).

-- Philadelphia has 73 plays of at least 20 yards, the most in the NFL. The Eagles have scored 22 touchdowns of 10-plus yards, also a league best.

-- The Eagles are tied for first in the NFL with three players who have at least 45 catches. Four Eagles have at least 550 yards receiving.

-- LeSean McCoy leads all NFL running backs with 74 catches.

-- The Eagles lead the league in yards per carry at 5.5 yards. They have an NFL-best four carries for 50-plus yards.  

-- DeSean Jackson is second in the league in yards per catch average (22.8).

-- The Eagles have averaged more than 4.0 yards per carry in each of their 14 games, an NFL record.




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