Here's a roundup of what the national media are saying as the Eagles prepare to host the Colts on Sunday:
SI.com's Peter King likes the Colts to pull out a 27-23 victory:
Very interesting game. Eagles are 11-0 under Andy Reid coming off the bye, which might be coincidental (maybe it was Donovan McNabb improving his cardiovascular endurance in all those off-weeks) and maybe not. Peyton Manning's first trip ever to the Linc -- he hasn't played in Philly since 2002, and may not play there again 'til he's 42, if he's still playing. This one will be a cool Manning-Mike Vick matchup. Look for a lot of Manning-to-Jacob Tamme.
ESPN.com's Elizabeth Merrill writes about the relationship between Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick:
This cannot be a story about a quarterback controversy. It's too clichéd, too worn-out and, quite frankly, impossible to get. See Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid on a crisp fall afternoon this week, bounding out the door in his trademark shorts, never breaking stride or even making eye contact. He's not going to answer another question about it.
SI.com's Don Banks has the Eagles 13th in his power rankings:
Hurt late in the first quarter of the Eagles' Week 4 loss to Washington, Michael Vick returns to the lineup in time for the Eagles to host the Colts in Week 9. Nothing much has happened in the league in that span, other than Randy Moss being sent packing by both the Patriots and Vikings, Donovan McNabb being benched in Washington, and Ben Roethlisberger reappearing in Pittsburgh. In other news, Vick says he'll be smarter this time when running with the football, if for no other reason than it's hard to stay in the NFL headlines when you're not even playing.
Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com likes the Eagles, 31-27:
The Eagles are 11-0 under Andy Reid in games immediately following bye weeks. Since 2000, Philadelphia has a .675 winning percentage (54-25-1) in its last eight regular-season games compared to .612 (49-31) in their first eight. They’re a second-half team and they’ll get off to a good start Sunday, beating the red-hot Colts in a shootout at the Linc. Indy’s riddled with injuries at every just about every position. I can see them faltering in this road battle.
Trent Cole is the only Eagle to make King's midseason All-Pro team:
Credit Cole not just for the sacks (6.0), but also for the 24 QB pressures in 7 games.
Clark Judge of CBSSports.com says the best moment of the first half of the season was Donovan McNabb's return to Philly:
Philadelphia fans stood and applauded the quarterback before his Oct. 4 game there. Classy. Maybe you didn't like McNabb when he was an Eagle, but you can't deny what he did for the club ... and what he did was put it back on the map. That's what happens when you go to five conference championship games in eight years and reach the Super Bowl for the first time in over two decades of franchise history. So McNabb didn't have a great game or produce outrageous numbers. He won, and he was applauded by an electorate that appreciated what it no longer had.
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com agrees that
. He gives the Eagles a C+ for their first-half performance.
ESPN.com's Bill Simmons has the Eagles 13th in his rankings. Simmons also picks the Eagles to cover the 3-point spread.
ESPN.com has the Eagles 12th in its power rankings:
Michael Vick takes over as the starter and now we'll see if he can make a playoff run.
Adam Caplan of FoxSports.com ranks the Eagles 14th:
Philadelphia is clearly one team that should benefit from having a bye at this point in the season. They should get at least three of their injured starters back for this week's game against visiting Colts. The Eagles are 11-0 after the bye during head coach Andy Reid's tenure.
Four of six FoxSports.com writers like the Eagles.
Prisco likes the Colts to win, 30-27:
The Eagles are coming off a bye, while the Colts are coming off a short week. The Eagles defense, with all its crazy looks, can be tough to decipher. But Peyton Manning is the best at that stuff. Mike Vick is back for the Eagles, Will there be any rust? I see Indianapolis, despite the things working against them, winning this in a shootout of two top-10 offenses.
Three of five CBSSports.com experts like the Eagles.
Six of eight ESPN.co experts go with the Colts.
Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports says the Redskins' decision to bench McNabb validates the Eagles' decision to trade him:
As his team prepares to host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Reid should be feeling pretty secure about his overall reputation in league circles. When it comes to evaluating and managing quarterbacks, the man is on a remarkable hot streak, especially after the way things have deteriorated in recent days between Donovan McNabb and Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan.
Two of three Yahoo Sports experts like the Eagles to beat the Colts.
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