No running room means passing records

The Eagles threw the ball a season-high 54 times in Sunday's win over the Chargers and ran it just 14 times.

In their first six games, 296 of their 383 offensive plays, or 77.3 percent, have been pass plays.

Eagles coach Andy Reid continues to make no apologies for his heavy reliance on the pass.

"We'll see," he said. "(San Diego) had one of the toughest run defenses in the National Football League. We'll see how it all works out. We're going to do what we think will get us a win."

The curious part about all of this is that Reid's quarterback, Donovan McNabb, is playing with a painful sports hernia. The more the Eagles throw the ball, the more often McNabb gets hit. So far, though, he is holding up.

"We tried to run the ball (against the Chargers)," said McNabb, who completed 35 of 54 passes for 287 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. "But we just weren't able to get big plays when we ran it.

"When you're in a groove in the passing game, you kind of want to mix it up a little bit. But you also want to stay with (the pass)."

The Eagles had just one rushing first down against the Chargers and have only eight in their last four games. In six games this season, they have just 20 rushing first downs.

At one point Sunday, McNabb threw 25 straight passes between runs.

"Can we win (this way)?" running back Brian Westbrook said. "I guess so.

"Coach Reid and his staff do a good job of deciding when to run and when to pass. But as a running back, I always want to run the ball more."


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