Saturday, January 31, 2015

Who's picking the Eagles?

Time for our weekly look at who's picking the Eagles. And don't forget, I'll be hosting a live chat during Sunday's game against the Vikings. We'll get things started around 4 p.m. Seven of eight Daily News writers like the Eagles. Click on the link to get their reasoning. SI.com's Peter King likes the Eagles in a 20-13 win: You put Brad Childress on sodium pentathol, and he'll tell you he wishes he didn't have to run Adrian Peterson so much this year (363 times), helping him to a bad ankle entering the second season. He'll admit it was about right to have Peterson and Chester Taylor combine for 464 carries, but Peterson running it 78 percent of those carries was just too much. Well, forget that now. The Vikes have to get on Peterson's back one more time to have a good chance here, and I say the Eagles -- better than you think against the run, 3.5 yards per opposing carry -- will hold the gimpy Peterson under 80. Seven of 10 SI.com writers pick the Eagles. Two of them pick the Birds to advance to the Super Bowl, and one has Philly winning it all. ESPN.com's Bill Simmons picks the Vikings, 27-16: Then you have the Eagles -- the Chargers of the NFC, a team that threw away its season and then received a second life when two even crappier teams (Tampa and Dallas) fell apart and tossed them a playoff life raft. They can't run for short yardage. They can't win close games (1-5-1 in contests decided by a touchdown or less) and repeatedly blow the most basic clock-management decisions. All five members of ESPN's Sunday Countdown pick the Eagles. Seven of eight ESPN.com experts go with the Birds. Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com likes the Eagles in a 23-17 game: The Eagles received a ton of breaks to get into the playoffs, and now they're dangerous. They have a veteran quarterback who has had success in the postseason and they have a defense that is aggressive and talented. Jim Johnson, the man who coordinates that defense, will send everything he has at young Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. Minnesota has to run the ball a lot with Adrian Peterson, which is the right way to attack the Philadelphia defense. The biggest difference here will be Jackson against Donovan McNabb. The Eagles have a huge edge. McNabb's playoff experience will show through. CBSSports.com's Harmon Forecast likes the Eagles, 20-19: Eagles QB Donovan McNabb faces a Vikings defense that allowed Giants QBs Eli Manning and David Carr to combine for 229 passing yards and complete 19 of 30 passes with one touchdown. Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will test an Eagles defense that played well against the run last week and held the Cowboys to 2.9 yards per carry in the first half. Seven of eight USA Today writers like the Eagles.

Who's picking the Eagles?

Time for our weekly look at who's picking the Eagles. And don't forget, I'll be hosting a live chat during Sunday's game against the Vikings. We'll get things started around 4 p.m.

Seven of eight Daily News writers like the Eagles. Click on the link to get their reasoning.

SI.com's Peter King likes the Eagles in a 20-13 win:

You put Brad Childress on sodium pentathol, and he'll tell you he wishes he didn't have to run Adrian Peterson so much this year (363 times), helping him to a bad ankle entering the second season. He'll admit it was about right to have Peterson and Chester Taylor combine for 464 carries, but Peterson running it 78 percent of those carries was just too much. Well, forget that now. The Vikes have to get on Peterson's back one more time to have a good chance here, and I say the Eagles -- better than you think against the run, 3.5 yards per opposing carry -- will hold the gimpy Peterson under 80.

Seven of 10 SI.com writers pick the Eagles. Two of them pick the Birds to advance to the Super Bowl, and one has Philly winning it all.

ESPN.com's Bill Simmons picks the Vikings, 27-16:

Then you have the Eagles -- the Chargers of the NFC, a team that threw away its season and then received a second life when two even crappier teams (Tampa and Dallas) fell apart and tossed them a playoff life raft. They can't run for short yardage. They can't win close games (1-5-1 in contests decided by a touchdown or less) and repeatedly blow the most basic clock-management decisions.

All five members of ESPN's Sunday Countdown pick the Eagles. Seven of eight ESPN.com experts go with the Birds.

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com likes the Eagles in a 23-17 game:

The Eagles received a ton of breaks to get into the playoffs, and now they're dangerous. They have a veteran quarterback who has had success in the postseason and they have a defense that is aggressive and talented. Jim Johnson, the man who coordinates that defense, will send everything he has at young Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. Minnesota has to run the ball a lot with Adrian Peterson, which is the right way to attack the Philadelphia defense. The biggest difference here will be Jackson against Donovan McNabb. The Eagles have a huge edge. McNabb's playoff experience will show through.

CBSSports.com's
Harmon Forecast likes the Eagles, 20-19:

Eagles QB Donovan McNabb faces a Vikings defense that allowed Giants QBs Eli Manning and David Carr to combine for 229 passing yards and complete 19 of 30 passes with one touchdown. Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will test an Eagles defense that played well against the run last week and held the Cowboys to 2.9 yards per carry in the first half.

Seven of eight USA Today writers like the Eagles.

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