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Who's picking the Eagles?

Here's a look at who's picking the Eagles in Sunday's matchup against the Falcons.

Who's picking the Eagles?

Here's a look at who's picking the Eagles in Sunday's matchup against the Falcons.

And don't forget to join me for a live chat at 1 p.m.

Paul Domowitch of the Daily News predicts a 23-20 Eagles victory.

Les Bowen goes with the Birds, 29-22.

SI.com's Peter King's got the Eagles, 30-16:

Fantasy Football players of the world, do not get violently ill: free-agent pickup LeSean McCoy, 4.29 yards per rush, three touchdowns, 528 rushing yards; low first-round pick Matt Forte, 3.29 yards per rush, three touchdowns, 543 rushing yards.

FoxSports.com's Peter Schrager has the Birds, 31-23:

There are serious NFC Wild-card implications in this one. There are also the NFC's top two tight ends. In Brent Celek and Tony Gonzalez, we have two of the league's most dynamic players at the position. Look for Donovan McNabb — now the Eagles franchise record holder for career QB starts — to get a big road win in the ATL.

Accuscore predicts a 23.9 to 18.9 Eagles win.

All six FoxSports.com experts like the Birds.

CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco goes with the Falcons in the 27-26 upset:

The Falcons are playing without Matt Ryan. That means Chris Redman gets the start. He played well in relief, but the Eagles now have a scouting report on him. It will be even tougher. But with DeSean Jackson out with a concussion, the Falcons will limit Philadelphia's big plays. Redman gets it done.

Pro Football Talk picks the Eagles, 31-20:

The Eagles have injury issues of their own, but nothing compared to the absence of a promising young quarterback. Maybe Philly could lend the Falcons Vick for a day.

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post predicts a 23-14 Eagles win:

Look for Philly to pressure Chris Redman into two turnovers early, and for McNabb to hit some deep balls early to give Philly a lead that carries them to 8-4. It is tough to make a playoff run without your franchise QB, and that is exactly what the Falcons are faced with. Take the Eagles on the road.

ESPN.com's Bill Simmons has the Falcons covering the 5.5-point spread, and lists the Birds 11th in his power rankings:

I have them penciled in for a playoff spot, and here's why: It's the last season of an NFL decade that will be remembered -- at least a little -- by the Reid-McNabb combo torturing the already tortured Philly fans in a variety of macabre ways. This feels like their final act in every respect, much like the last season of "Lost" in that we know it's going to end, we know things will blow up, we know this season will somehow tie up the other seasons, we know all of our questions will be answered, and we know we'll feel sad that it's over.

All eight ESPN.com experts like the Eagles.


Week 13 picks

Last week: 6-8-1
Overall: 85-84-1

BRONCOS (-6) at Chiefs
STEELERS (-14.5) vs. Raiders
TEXANS (-2) at Jaguars (MC's Pick of the Week. He's 8-4.)
PANTHERS (-5) vs. Bucs
RAMS (+9.5) at Bears
TITANS (+6.5) at Colts
LIONS (+13) at Bengals
REDSKINS (+9.5) vs. Saints
EAGLES (-5.5) at Falcons
CHARGERS (-13.5) at Browns
SEAHAWKS (+1) vs. 49ers
GIANTS (+1.5) vs. Cowboys
VIKINGS (-3.5) at Cardinals
PACKERS (-3.5) vs. Ravens

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