Each week, Daily News football writer Paul Domowitch will tell you the things he will be keeping his eyes on during that week’s game:
1. What to do about Gonzo: Tight ends have been a problem the Eagles haven’t been able to solve this season. In their last eight games, opposing TEs have 55 receptions for 634 yards and seven – count ‘em, seven – touchdowns. Now, with Akeem Jordan potentially out one more week, they’ve got to figure out a way to neutralize the Falcons’ Tony Gonzalez, a future Hall of Famer who has a club-high 61 catches and five TDs.
2. Pressuring Redman: With Matt Ryan sidelined with a toe injury, Chris Redman will make just his 11th career start and fifth in the last 7 years. He was sacked five times by the Bucs last week after replacing Ryan; the Eagles, who have just four sacks in the last three games, need to get pressure on him.
3. Third down: Last week, the Eagles almost lost to the Redskins because their defense couldn’t get off the field on third down (Redskins were 8-for-17) and their offense couldn’t convert them (5-for-15). This week, they’re playing a team that has a pretty good third-down offense (8th in NFL with 42.3 conversion rate) and a very, very bad third-down defense (31st, 47.0).