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Can Swift Key’s Performance Fuel the Eagles’ Super Bowl Run?

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Philadelphia Eagles running back D’Andre Swift is on the cusp of reaching his first 1,000-yard rushing season, just 12 yards away. But is this an achievement worth celebrating, or is it something that should be criticized?

The Eagles recently broke a three-game losing streak with a win that reinforced something Fantasy Football managers have known all season: when the Eagles feed Swift, they win. The team has been called Super Bowl pretenders in light of their recent performance, but this most recent win has reignited hope among fans.

In their matchup against the New York Giants, Swift rushed 20 times for 92 yards, averaging 4.6 yards per carry, and scored a touchdown. Over the past two seasons, the Eagles have consistently won whenever their top running back surpasses 75 rushing yards.

Has feeding D’Andre Swift been the missing ingredient to a successful Philadelphia Eagles offense?

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Since 2022, Philadelphia has maintained a perfect 13-0 record when their top running back exceeds 75 rushing yards in a game; the problem is that Swift has only achieved this five times this season.

Comparing this season to last year, the Eagles were led by Pro Bowler Miles Sanders in the backfield, who averaged 74.6 rushing yards per game. This season, Swift has averaged 65.9 yards per game, partly due to receiving fewer touches per game than Sanders, despite also averaging over 4.5 yards per carry like Sanders did last season.

While Swift is arguably a more talented running back than Sanders, his career has been marked by durability issues, which may have led the Eagles to manage his workload more cautiously during his first regular season with the franchise.

With two games remaining on the Eagles’ schedule, Swift has already played in more games this season than he did in any season with the Detroit Lions and started six more games than his previous career high of eight.

It is positive that Swift has remained healthy as the team approaches the playoffs, but for Philadelphia to make a Super Bowl run, they will need consistent production from him.

The Eagles perform better when Swift plays like he did earlier this season in Weeks 2-3 when he averaged 22 carries per game and 152.5 rushing yards, rather than the 11.7 carries he averaged during the team’s recent losing streak.

Seeing Swift receive 20 carries against the Giants is an encouraging sign for his future rushing workload. Based on his current yards per carry, he will need to average 17 carries in order to consistently achieve the magical 75 yards per game that the Philadelphia offense thrives on.

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While crossing the 1,000-yard rushing mark this regular season would be a notable accomplishment for Swift, the bigger achievement is that he is healthy enough to receive more carries in the playoffs and help Philly avenge its Super Bowl loss from last season.

If the Eagles want to win a Super Bowl this season, they need to prioritize feeding their top running back and strive to surpass the 147.6 rushing yards per game they averaged in 2022, rather than the 131.1 yards they have averaged this season.

Essentially, the key is to keep it simple: continue feeding Swift down the stretch. This approach will not only benefit Swift as he approaches an impressive milestone this season, but it will also position the Eagles for a stronger playoff run.

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