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The Eagles have used run-pass option plays to simplify the game for quarterback Nick Foles and get him in rhythm. Much of the RPO attention goes to the screens, quick slants and quick outs Foles completes. But the run element will be key against the Patriots, who are stout when teams try to play smash-mouth. When the Eagles spread out and Foles sees six men in the tackle-to-tackle box, he's free to hand off.
That's what Jacksonville's Blake Bortles did on this RPO in the AFC title game. He faked a screen to Corey Grant (30), and Leonard Fournette (27) ran for 13 yards. Pats linebacker Elandon Roberts (52) bit on the fake screen. Can the Eagles hit some RPO runs? Can the Pats stop the run with six in the box?