After an 80-yard performance against Dallas in Week 9, Melvin Gordon itches to shake off another NFC East opponent. The Denver Broncos star is nearly halfway to 1,000 yards and now he’s getting one of the worst running defenses in football. You could say Gordon is excited.
The two-time pro bowler knows what the statistics are showing. The Philadelphia Eagles have surrendered 1,077 yards on the ground in nine games. That’s 119.6 yards per game (eighth worst), along with 10 roaring touchdowns (fourth worst). Throw away those numbers. Gordon believes the Eagles have a “crazy” line of defense.
“We have to get it, man. And the Eagles are crazy. You have a crazy line of defense, ”Gordon told Bally Sports Network’s Brandon “Shovel B” Robinson. “So we’ll have our work to ourselves. But you know, they are a good team and the goal is to get to the guys. “
The Broncos (5-4) are very strong in the AFC playoff chase, having recorded consecutive wins against NFC East opponents after beating Washington Football Team (17-10) and the Dallas Cowboys (30-16). Gordon and his teammates also have a huge chip on their shoulders.
“Nobody gave us a chance to win that [Dallas] Game. Everyone has pretty much doubted us and we love that, ”Gordon said to Robinson. “We play with a chip on our shoulder and we will continue to play with that chip.”
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Gordon went brutally honest during his Bally Sports interview when the subject of his 2019 holdout came up. He missed the first four games that year before finally signing up for the Los Angeles Chargers without a new contract. His 612 yards this year are the lowest rushing values in a single season of his seven-year NFL career.
“Just for my career, there are only yards that I could have, you know, touchdowns and yards,” Gordon said. “I could have helped my team, you never know the situation, but I definitely do [regret it], 100 percent.”
The new comments were in line with what Gordon told reporters in March 2020 when asked about the unfortunate situation.
“I would probably come back,” Gordon said on NFL.com. “Of course these are games that I can’t get back. I started slowly and was able to make progress towards the end of the season, but by then it’s too late. “
Josh Sweat (concussion) and Andre Dillard (unknown) highlighted the last injury report for the Eagles before week 10. Sweat practiced all week and there was hope that the doctors would release him for return. The very happy end of the defense was still not cleared on November 13th at 5 p.m.
Dillard was a surprising addition to Friday’s injury report as he tweaked something in training. Head coach Nick Sirianni thought he was questionable and refused to reveal what the exact backup link violation was. The Eagles are likely to provide an updated injury report before kick-off. There’s still a chance both boys will face Denver on Sunday.