The Philadelphia Eagles are heating up at just the right time thanks to the success of their rushing attack. Unfortunately, they’ll be without Jordan Howard when they face the New York Giants this weekend, but that may not matter if history repeats itself. After all, the New York Giants are owned by Boston Scott.
The Louisiana Tech didn’t receive a single carry through the opening six weeks of the season, but after the injury to Miles Sanders seemingly sparked a fire in the backfield, he burst into life. Over the last five weeks, Scott has rallied to 221 rushing yards, a trio of touchdowns, and a further 31 yards through the air.
The Eagles sit second in the the NFL when it comes to rushing yards and are averaging a staggering 211 yards on the ground per game over their last three. The most recent of which saw them dismantle one of the most dominant run-defense units in the NFL. If there is ever a team to combat the Giants and their 23rd ranked rushing defense, it’s the Eagles. If there is ever a player to rip them to shreds, it’s Boston Scott.
The 5’6 running back has lived rent free in the heads of Giants fans for quite some time. Over the last two years, Scott has tormented the New York Giants. Over the course of four games he’s racked up a total of 222 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns, while adding another 210 through the air and a receiving score.
Four games is a pretty large sample size, but this isn’t the first time that the same stars have aligned. Boston Scott scored a Hat-Trick of rushing touchdowns against the Giants back in 2019, becoming the first running back to do so since LeSean McCoy pulled it off in 2011. In that game, Miles Sanders was forced out due to an early injury, and Jordan Howard barely saw the field. It was all on the shoulders of the former UDFA as he spun, juked, and sprinted his way up and down the field, amassing 54 yards in 19 carries to go with 84 yards through the air.
The Eagles will be without Jordan Howard on Sunday and although Miles Sanders is probably going to see the Lion’s share of carries, he’s also proven to be a very volatile back. Scott may be the more consistent dual-threat option for Hurts to lean on, especially with the offense being so predicated on the run. The Giants keying in on the trenches may only open more doors for the elusive Boston Scott to slip through and into the passing game.
Whichever way you slice it, Scott is looking primed to see a sizeable role against the G-men this weekend. The Eagles are red-hot thanks to their new-found love for running the ball and Boston Scott is going up against a foe he has humiliated not once, not twice, not even three times, but four separate occasions. All Nick Sirianni needs to do is let him off the leash.
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