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The Philadelphia Eagles' backfield has been wildly inconsistent ever since Jay Ajayi tore his ACL in Week 3. Darren Sproles and Josh Adams figure to see the most action against the Chicago Bears in the Wild Card game, so let's take a look at which running back you'd rather start this week.
Josh Adams finished the regular season as the #Eagles leading rusher with 511 yards. That’s the fewest yards the Eagles’ leading rusher has had in a season since James Joseph had 440 back in 1991.— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) December 31, 2018
Josh Adams has received the bulk of the carries since Ajayi went down, but he certainly hasn't run away with the job. Adams hasn't had a 100-yard rushing game this year, and his season high is only 85 yards. That's particularly concerning since it's unlikely that Adams finds much more success against the stingy Chicago Bears' defense. The Bears' defense allows a league-best 80.0 yards per game on the ground this season, and
Darren Sproles on making his Eagles playoff debut after missing out on Super Bowl run last year— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) January 5, 2019
“We missed the party last year. So to be in it this year, we’re ready to get the ball rolling”#FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/8FV9SlM27w
Conversely, Darren Sproles hasn't rushed the ball too often since returning from injury in Week 13, but he's a dynamic threat in the passing game. Sproles dominated the Houston Texans' defense in a must-win Week 16 game, putting up 3 receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown through the air. Philadelphia could be playing from behind in this one, so Sproles might see the field more than usual on Sunday night.
If it were my fantasy team, I would lean towards Sproles in this situation, as Chicago has been incredible against the run and Philadelphia will likely need to throw the ball to keep up with the Bears.
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