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Eagles-Colts: Predictions, key matchups

The Eagles host the Colts today at the Linc at 4:15 ...

Eagles-Colts: Predictions, key matchups

The Eagles host the Colts today at the Linc at 4:15 ...

Here are predictions from the Daily News for the game:

LES BOWEN

I have to respect the 11-0 after the bye week stat, even if I have deep misgivings.

Never seen the Eagles make Peyton Manning sweat. Not sure this is a great spot for Dimitri Patterson's first career start.

But it becomes a way more interesting Eagles season if the Birds come out and play well. Despite that fourth quarter in Tennessee, I'm expecting they will. The Eagles are the healthier team and the more rested team. If Michael Vick plays to the level he achieved before the rib cartilage injury, the Birds ought to win. If Vick is ineffective, then it's back to second-guessing Andy Reid for a whole week (a long week, before the Monday night game at Washington). And I'm just not up for another extended period of that.

Prediction:  Eagles 28, Colts 27.

PAUL DOMOWITCH

The plethora of injuries to the Colts' receivers and running backs certainly is cause for hope Sunday if you're an Eagles fan. But I'm starting to think you could line up a bunch of nuns at the skill positions and Peyton Manning still would throw for 300 yards and four touchdowns.

I mean, he loses his invaluable, 100-catch tight end, Dallas Clark, and somebody named Jacob Tamme catches six passes for 64 yards and a touchdown against Houston on Monday night.

Manning is money on third down and money in the red zone, and those are two places where Sean McDermott's defense has struggled.

The Eagles can win this game if they can get a lead early and then start taking advantage of the Colts' poor run defense. But I don't think they're going to be able to keep Manning in check early on. I'm seeing a first-possession TD pass to Sister Mary Frances and a second-possession TD pass to Sister Mary Catherine.

Prediction:  Colts 34, Eagles 24.

Ed Barkowitz: Colts, 31-20

Bill Conlin: Eagles, 24-20

Paul Domowitch: Colts, 34-24

Marcus Hayes: Colts, 27-17

John Smallwood: Eagles, 21-17

Vegas Vic: Eagles, 28-23

DOMO'S KEY MATCHUPS

Eagles LT Jason Peters and RT Winston Justice vs. Colts RDE Dwight Freeney and LDE Robert Mathis. Freeney and Mathis have combined for 10 ½ of the Colts’ 14 sacks. Peters is coming off knee cleanout surgery and could have trouble with Freeney’s lethal spin move. Advantage: Colts

Eagles PR/KR Jorrick Calvin v. Colts punt/kickoff coverage units. Colts’ coverage units aren’t very good. Calvin, a rookie, is fast and has shown the ability to make people miss. He could have a big day. Advantage: Eagles

Eagles RCB Dimitri Patterson v. Colts WR Pierre Garcon or Reggie Wayne. Patterson is getting his first starting opportunity in 5 years and it’s coming against one of the most explosive passing games in the league. Advantage: Colts

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To read our earlier post on the Colts' injury situation, click here.

To read What We're Watching in today's game, click here.

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