Coming off his first 100-yard rushing performance as an Eagle, DeMarco Murray will look to become just the second player this season to break the century mark against Carolina.
The Panthers feature the league's seventh-ranked defense, one that allows an average of 96.6 yards on the ground per game (12th in the NFL). Against the Seahawks last week, Carolina held Marshawn Lynch to just 54 yards on 17 attempts (3.2 yards per carry), thanks in large part to the play of middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, who racked up 14 tackles against Seattle, and teammate Thomas Davis.
"It's a great defense, solid defense," said Murray, whose Eagles will go on the road to play the Panthers on Sunday Night Football this week. "Luke is probably one of the best linebackers in the NFL, and he's had a heck of a career. And his partner in crime, Thomas, has been great for a long time. We know we'll have our hands full, but we're excited for the challenge."
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The Pro Bowl running back led the NFL in rushing yards with 1,845 last season, doing so behind a Dallas offensive line that was one of the best in the league. Philadelphia's line struggled early on this season, as did Murray, but over the past two weeks the group has looked the best it has all season, and the results have shown tremendously in the run game.
After rushing 29 times for just 47 yards (1.6 yards per carry) through his first three games as an Eagle, Murray has gone for 192 yards on 42 carries (4.6 yards per carry) in Philadelphia's last two games.
"Everybody's picking it up. Everyone has looked in the mirror and (said), 'I have to play better, we have to play better as a group,'" he said. "We had a huge win last week, and we need to make sure we carry on with that. We've been able to prepare tremendously these last couple days and had a great day of practice today. But I think we just have to continue to do the little things right, continue to work hard through the course of the week and make sure we're watching a lot of film and knowing the tendencies of the defense.
"Defensively, we've been playing great all year, and I think it's time offensively for us to match their play."
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