Eagles McCoy will test Raiders defense

11/1/13 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe season may have progressed halfway through but there is still time left and plenty of matches to live up to expectations. That is exactly the case with the Oakland Raiders who made a vow on their training camp that they would definitely improve their defense against the running games. They can do that when they face the Eagles and the lead rusher in NFL, running back LeSean McCoy.
McCoy has racked 733 yards on eight games. When he looked at the tapes from previous Eagles matches against other teams, he said that yards wouldn’t be easy to get this time. The Philadelphia Eagles will face the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California on November 4.
"I'll tell you what, it seems like they all have a big motor. They know who they are. They're a big, athletic group. They play well together,” McCoy said. “It's going to be a tough game. They play extremely well against the run. I'm curious to see what happens."
Even though most running backs would boast that the coming match would be a piece of cake, McCoy isn’t that type. Even with the best yard stats so far, he acknowledged their improved defence. For the past 10 years, the Raiders have been giving on average 89.9 yards to their opponents on every game. Per carry, they allow 3.6 yards. They haven’t let any runner get more than 78 yards whichever way they might try.
The Raiders always mostly play the match based on a basic run defence. The players don’t go too far from their positions and don’t stray from gaps. They anticipate tacklers by setting an edge and letting the runners come to them. They will always rush the ball in number, meaning that if one misses the tackle, there will always be more than one more to come in and finish the job.
Jason Hunter, defensive end for the Raiders said that when rushing the ball, it was imperative to keep the attitude that no matter what, you just can’t miss.
"When a team is going to come in and try to run the ball on you, you have to have the mindset they're not going to have success," he said. "Guys are working hard on it at practice, making sure they're in the right places, and on Sundays just playing with passion and aggression."
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