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Are the 'experts' picking the Eagles?

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Are the 'experts' picking the Eagles?

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Don't forget that I'll be at the Linc tonight, hosting our live chat for Eagles-Cowboys.

And now our weekly look at who's picking the Eagles, along with some other links sprinkled in.

SI.com's Peter King gives the Eagles a 31-20 victory:

I know this is going to be a controversial point in the Westbrook household, and I value Brian Westbrook very highly as a player and important cog in the Eagles' success. But today, right now, Philly doesn't lose a lot -- except on blitz pickup, where Westbrook's a gem -- with LeSean McCoy in the lineup.

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

With comfortable wins at Washington and home against the Giants in a six-day span, the Eagles are off to a 2-0 division start and now get to complete the first half of their season with a visit from the revitalized Cowboys. That three-game run will tell us just where Philly stands in the NFC East as it embarks on four road games in the coming five weeks, against four potential playoff teams: San Diego, Chicago, Atlanta and the Giants.

Accuscore gives the Eagles the edge, 27-25.

All six Daily News writers and Vegas Vic like the Eagles. Five of eight Dallas Morning News writers go with the Birds.

All six FoxSports.com experts have the Eagles winning.

FoxSports.com's Adrian Hasenmayer has the Eagles ninth in his power rankings:

The Eagles are like spitting images of their baseball neighbors, the Phillies. Swinging for the fences on offense with loads of weapons, as seen by how they ambushed the Giants. But capable of the big whiff, too (they lost to the Raiders, wow).

FoxSports.com's Peter Schrager has the Eagles, 34-28:

When I chose the Eagles to win the NFC East prior to the start of the season, it was because of veterans Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook and Asante Samuel. Little did I realize then that it would be Brent Celek, Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson — four guys under the age of 24 — leading the way. Tony Romo's been on fire of late, but the Eagles' defense will get the best of him Sunday night.

SI.com's Peter King has the Eagles ninth in his power rankings:

The Eagles' weaponry is so diverse. Think back to the preseason, when all wondered how long it would take Brent Celek, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy -- all third-year players or younger, all 24 or younger -- to contribute as a group. Well, in putting up 40 on the Giants, those four touched the ball 24 times for 278 yards and four touchdowns. I guess chemistry class is going well, Professor McNabb.

Six of eight ESPN experts go with the Birds.

CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco gives the Eagles a 27-24 win:

First place in the NFC East is on the line here. Both teams seem to have hit stride on offense, which could mean a lot of points. Tony Romo has to show his three-game hot streak can continue. It won't be easy against that Philly defense, but the Cowboys keep it close.

Prisco has the Eagles eighth in his power rankings.

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post has the Eagles, 28-24:

The Cowboys have found a true playmaker in WR Miles Austin and Tony Romo hasn’t looked better as Dallas is putting up big numbers, but does that last in Philly against a defense that is causing turnovers and giving McNabb and his weapons good field position? I like where Dallas is headed as a team, but until someone shows me they can prevent McNabb from making big plays down the field, I am sticking with the Eagles. The best game of the day ends on a Philly interception off of Romo in the red zone—and the Eagles take over first place in the NFC East.

Pro Football Talk predicts a 30-20 Eagles win.

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