The Philadelphia Eagles have the most explosive offense in the National Football League in 2011. Hands down. End of story.
That’s a bold statement, I know, so I’ll back it up.
The Eagles have maintained their 2010 starting offensive roster, and made improvements in the depth chart where necessary. That same 2010 offense, by the way, ranked 3rd in total points scored per game, averaging 27.4, and second in total yards per game, averaging 389.4. The 2010 Eagles also had the most 40+ yard plays in the NFL, with 15 long-ball receptions of 40 yards or more and 6 rushes that broke the 40 yard barrier (league bests in both categories). The 2011 Eagles’ offense has the same homerun hitters, and a few wildcard additions.
Jackson and Vick: NFL’s Most Dangerous Duo
For starters, the Eagles have two of the NFL’s most dangerous big-play threats in Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson. Every time each of these guys touches the ball, there’s potential for an ESPN Play of the Week. Jackson accounted for 8 of those 40 yard bombs last season on just 47 receptions, averaging 22.5 yards every time he caught the ball and racking up 33 first downs.
DeSean can score from anywhere on the field, as we saw him backpedaling into the end-zone after a bomb from Vick on his own 12 yard-line in Week 10 last year against Washington. And who could forget Jackson’s 10-yard out-route reception from a pass that Michael Vick threw with his foot on the border of his own end-zone against Dallas in week 14? Need a memory jogger?
You probably remember him sprinting up the left sideline, and then crossing the field to the opposite sideline, outrunning everybody on the field with a bum ankle, and then stopping on a dime and spinning around and falling into the end-zone backwards, capping off a 91-yard touchdown as only Desean Jackson can. The kid is electrifying.
Vick racked up 676 yards and 9 touchdowns on the ground last season while maintaining a 62.6% completion ratio, throwing for 3,018 yards, and only giving up 6 picks. Vick ranked 9th in the league in rushing touchdowns, ahead of powerhouse runners such as Darren McFadden, Steven Jackson, and Cedric Benson. Vick also had more 20+ yard gains on the ground than home-run hitting RB’s Maurice Jones-Drew and Frank Gore. His passing and leadership skills have improved dramatically over the past two seasons, and don’t be surprised if he ranks as one of the top passers in the NFL in 2011.
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