The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS -

The Ea­gles lead the NFL in time of pos­ses­sion with an av­er­age of 35:32 thanks to a strong run­ning game and best third-down of­fense in the league. Led by LeGar­rette Blount’s bruis­ing run­ning, Philadelphia is ranked fifth in rush­ing. The Ea­gles are first in third-down con­ver­sions at 53.4 per­cent, al­low­ing them to keep drives going and keep the ball away from op­po­nents. “I think it’s im­por­tant to es­tab­lish the run to start,” coach Doug Ped­er­son said. “It just helps our of­fense, helps our of­fen­sive line set­tle into games. And when you see your de­fense, the three-and-outs that they have and stop­ping the run, it can frus­trate an op­po­nent.”

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