Me, being a sadistic idiot, went to check out stats from the Eagles-Raiders game. Something there that popped out at me. Justin Fargas had 87 rushing yards. The way he was running the second half, I thought he had 100+ yards easily.
Nope. Then I seen how many rushing attempts he had. 23 attempts. That makes his yard per carry a 3.78 average. And he had that pointless 20 yards run with 4 seconds left in the first half. Take it out and he would have 67 yards on 22 attempts, a YPC of *3.04*
A 4.0 average is considered mediocre. For most of the game, Fargas was running it with a 3.0 average.
Michael Bush wasn't much better. 22 yards on 6 carries for an average of 3.67 average. He wasn't much of a factor on the game.
Yet, put their total together. 29 carries for 109 yards, an average of 3.76. That's not running it well. Thing is, they didn't need it to run well, they just need to run it. And it payed off.
Early in the 3rd quarter, Raiders have it with it being fourth and inches. They did a play action, every Eagle went after the running back. Louis Murphy was wide open. Russel threw a bad pass and Murphy was unable to catch it. Yet, the play action worked.
Then, a reoccurring play came from the Raiders. A play action to the back and Russel dumps it off to the fullback Gary Russels. They ran it 5 times for 55 yards, including a 13 yard gain on third down on Raiders' final drive. They went after the running back everytime.
What's my point? My point is: you don't need to run it well, you just need to run the football. And why am I saying this?
Because Brian Westbrook ran it 6 times total. Six. Times.
We just need to run the bloody football, even if it works and if it doesn't. Especially how much Andy Reid loves to call a play action even after we threw it 40 times...