Gameday: Picks, Matchups, Rankings

We will try to give you a little something to chew on every gameday here on Eagletarian as the hours begin to count down ... Plus, be sure to check back during the game for updates ...

PICKS

The Eagles are favored by 7 1/2 points, according to Daily News handicapper Vegas Vic. Here is Vic's take: As everyone in town knows, the last two home openers have been embarrassing. However, with a healthy Donovan McNabb and a spruced-up defense, these Birds should be flying into the winner's circle at the Linc. Read more from Vegas Vic about Week 1.

Here is how the rest of the Daily News staff sees today's game going (selections against the spread):

Ed Barkowitz: Eagles

Les Bowen: Eagles

Bill Conlin: Eagles

Paul Domowitch: Eagles

Marcus Hayes: Rams (Week 1 Best Bet)

John Smallwood: Rams

KEY MATCHUPS
For Paul Domowitch's full Scouting Report, click here.

Eagles RDE Trent Cole vs. Rams LT Orlando Pace: The Birds' best pass rusher against the Rams' best pass protector. Pace is an All-Pro, but still is recovering from shoulder surgery. Advantage: Rams

Eagles PR DeSean Jackson vs. Rams P Donnie Jones: Jones had the fourth best net average in the league in '07. Advantage: Eagles

Eagles RB Brian Westbrook vs. Rams SS Corey Chavous: No safety in the league can match up with Westbrook in coverage, including Chavous. Advantage: Eagles

DOMO'S RANKINGS, WEEK 1 (Thursday's game not included; records are from 2007)
1. Cowboys (13-3)
2. Colts (13-3)
3. Chargers (11-5)
4. Jaguars (11-5)
5. Vikings (8-8)
6. Patriots (16-0)
7. Eagles (8-8)
8. Seahawks (10-6)
9. Packers (13-3)
10. Saints (7-9)
11. Bills (7-9)
12. Steelers (10-6)
13. Giants (10-6)
14. Redskins (9-7)
15. Browns (10-6)
16. Bucs (9-7)
17. Titans (10-6)
18.Cardinals (8-8)
19. Panthers (7-9)
20. Bears (7-9)
21. Jets (4-12)
22. Texans (8-8)
23. Ravens (5-11)
24. Chiefs (4-12)
25. Lions (7-9)
26. Rams (3-13)
27. Broncos (7-9)
28. Bengals (7-9)
29. Dolphins (1-15)
30. 49ers (5-11)
31. Raiders (4-12)
32. Falcons (4-12) 

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