Here's the weekly roundup on who people are picking in Sunday's Eagles-Falcons matchup:
SI.com's Peter King predicts a 23-16 Eagles victory, and he likes the Birds' acquisition of Jerome Harrison from the Browns:
We interrupt this game prediction to bring you this gee-whiz reaction to the Mike Bell-for-Jerome Harrison trade: What?!?! Bell's a guy. Harrison's a comet. Harrison's last three games last season for the Browns: 106 carries, 561 yards, five touchdowns. I don't know how he got so ensconced in Eric Mangini's doghouse, but I do know this: That's one heck of a trade for the Eagles.
FoxSports.com writers are split on Eagles-Falcons. Three pick the Birds, and three pick Atlanta.
FoxSports.com's Peter Schrager goes with the Falcons, 27-17:
Philadelphia is 3-0 on the road but winless at home in 2010. I don’t see that changing on Sunday. Though Kevin Kolb looked somewhat Vick-ian on a third-and-18, third-quarter scramble on Sunday night, he’ll need a lot more than shifty moves to solve the Falcons defense. Did you see that uber-athletic, game-sealing interception touchdown return from Kroy Biermann last weekend? The 2007 Big Sky Conference Defensive MVP was an All-State wrestler in Montana back in high school. Thankfully, he pursued football as a profession and not wrestling. Thankfully, he doesn’t have cauliflower ear, either.
ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio has Atlanta taking home a 33-30 victory:
Quarterback Mike Vick desperately wants to welcome his former team to Philly, and the Eagles need him. Even though Kevin Kolb led the Eagles to methodical win over a desperate 49ers team, the Falcons are a cut above the 0-5 Niners. The Philly defense was torched a bit by San Fran, with receiver Michael Crabtree and tight end Vernon Davis each gaining more than 100 yards. That could spell trouble against receiver Roddy White and tight end Tony Gonzalez. Though this one could be a little bit of a shootout (which is better than calling it a dogfight), the absence of left tackle Jason Peters should provide the difference for the Falcons.
Gregg Rosenthal of ProFootballTalk.com goes with the Eagles, 20-17:
The difference in Atlanta this year: defense. Despite so-so play from free agent pickup Dunta Robinson, the Falcons are a top-ten unit. A great defensive line rotation and deep linebacker group is the key. The Eagles are still trying to figure out who they are, especially on defense. Stopping Atlanta's run game will be a challenge, but we'd take LeSean McCoy over Michael Turner at this point. Bring on another Eagles quarterback controversy!
Four of five CBSSports.com experts like the Falcons.
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com predicts a 23-21 Falcons victory:
The Falcons have the best record in the NFC, but have played a lot of close games. That's their style. They like to run it and play good defense. The Eagles have offensive line problems, which might be an issue here. If the Falcons weren't playing back-to-back road games, I'd say this would be an easy pick. As it is, I still think they find a way.
Three of four experts on ESPN's Sunday Countdown pick the Falcons.
Seven of eight ESPN.com experts go with the Falcons.
ESPN.com's Bill Simmons likes the Falcons as 3-point underdogs:
Because the Falcons are headed for a 1-seed and 1-seeds win games like this. And because the Eagles are the Good Bad Team: They whup other bad teams and lose to good ones.
The Eagles are 2.5-point favorites, according to sportsbook.com. Per the Web site, 72 percent of the action is on Atlanta to cover. The over/under is 42.5.
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