The defense has been without projected starters Brandon Graham, Antonio Dixon and Mike Patterson on the defensive line for the first two weeks of preseason and the run defense has suffered because of it.
The linebackers have also struggled to make an impact against the running game. The cornerbacks have been as good as advertised (outside of Asante Samuel getting burned trying to jump a route on Steelers receiver Antonio Brown).
The Eagles run defense will get a break tonight as Peyton Hillis isn't expected to play.
Coming off a dreadful performance last week against the Steelers, the Eagles defense needs to improve. The starters are expected to play at least a series or two into the third quarter.
It's a great opportunity to improve upon last week's stinker.