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It’s always fun to watch two top-ranked units face off in a head-to-head matchup to see which of the two is really the most dominant.
Though the Philadelphia Eagles are only 1-2 this season, they have still managed to cause quite a stir so far under new head coach Chip Kelly. His high-octane offense is currently ranked first in the league in rushing yards, as they head to Mile High to face the Denver Broncos.
When the awe-inspiring Peyton Manning is on the sidelines, take advantage of this rare opportunity to see the best take on the best. The Broncos just so happen to be the top-ranked run defense in the NFL, allowing only 43.3 yards per game on the ground. Meanwhile, the Eagles, led by LeSean McCoy, are averaging a league-best 209 yards per game on the ground.
Can Philly keep up this ferocious pace on offense while avoiding the costly turnovers that plagued them in last week’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs?
Will Denver hold strong for 60 minutes against the onslaught of speed, deception and inevitable fatigue that comes with facing the Eagles?
For Mike Vick and Co. to thrive on offense, they must continue to spread the defense out through a variety of formations and alignments. This naturally opens up huge lanes for the speedy McCoy to exploit.
Vick himself will also need to be involved in the running game in order to prevent the Broncos from keying in on "Shady" exclusively. After all, with all the attention No. 25 garners on every play, they must be able to take advantage of the opportunities given to them with designed runs from the quarterback.
Denver, on the other hand, needs to find a way to make adjustments on the fly to prevent being out of position during a high-tempo series from the Eagles offense. On average, the Denver defense will have a mere 16 seconds to line up properly and get all 11 players on the same page. Many of the big-play moments from Chip Kelly teams come when defenses are caught out of position.
The second thing Denver will need is exceptional open-field tacklers. There's no avoiding the fact that the Eagles will be able to get their talented playmakers out in space. If the Broncos fail to wrap up the ball-carrier, we could be looking at over 70 combined points scored in this game.
Ryan Riddle is a former NFL player and current Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report.