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Is anyone picking the Eagles?

Our weekly look at who's picking the Eagles, along with some other links sprinkled in:

Is anyone picking the Eagles?

Can Donovan McNabb and the Eagles bounce back Sunday against the Chargers? (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Can Donovan McNabb and the Eagles bounce back Sunday against the Chargers? (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) AP

Our weekly look at who's picking the Eagles, along with some other links sprinkled in:

Les Bowen of the Daily News goes with the Chargers, 27-23.

Paul Domowitch of the Daily News has San Diego winning, 31-24.

SI.com's Peter King predicts a 26-13 Chargers win:

Philip Rivers has gotten much love for his clutch throw to beat the Giants, and rightfully so. But the San Diego defense is finally well in the team's three-game win streak, allowing 43 total points and only 13 of 42 third-down conversions. And Shawne Merriman's awake. He sacked Eli Manning to end the game at the Meadowlands. If I were Donovan McNabb I'd feel better if I got Brian Westbrook back, to help with blitz pickup in this one.

King has the Eagles ninth in his Fine Fifteen.

SI.com's Don Banks has the Eagles ninth in his power rankings:

I thought Donovan McNabb came up rather small in the Eagles' biggest game of the season to date -- Sunday night's home game against Dallas, which could have vaulted Philly into sole possession of first place at the season's midpoint. McNabb was back to his old habit of throwing low, uncatchable balls at times, and he didn't have much going in terms of his deep passing game either. The Cowboys pass rush got to him early, and it seemed to keep him from developing rhythm with his receivers. Now it's back to the West Coast for the Eagles (at San Diego), and things didn't fare so well the last time they headed that direction (see Oakland, Week 6).

Accuscore give the Chargers the edge, 23.2 to 22.4.

FoxSports.com's Peter Schrager predicts a 24-21 Chargers win:

Both the Eagles and 'Bolts are fresh off cross-country trips from the East Coast. The Chargers have won four straight games at home versus the Eagles and Philip Rivers is 22-6 in games played in San Diego. An interesting matchup to watch for? Surefire AFC Pro Bowl receiver Vincent Jackson vs. All-Pro Eagles corner Asante Samuel. Gimme the Chargers in this week's other premier NFL matchup.

Five of six FoxSports.com experts have the Chargers.

Adrian Hasenmayer of FoxSports.com has the Eagles ninth in his power rankings.

Five of eight ESPN experts are picking the Eagles.

CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco predicts a 30-26 Eagles win:

The last time the Eagles went to the West Coast, they were upset by Oakland. They will be much more focused here coming off that Dallas loss. The Chargers are playing much better, which should make for a heck of a game. Look for the Eagles to find a way, using big plays by DeSean Jackson.

Prisco has the Eagles ninth in his power rankings.

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post goes with the Eagles in a shootout, 33-30:

The Chargers made some plays on defense last week in their win over the Giants, but the Philly weapons will be too much on Sunday in a game that turns into a shootout between Donovan McNabb and Philip Rivers.

Pro Football Talk goes with the Chargers, 30-21.

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