Thursday, December 25, 2014

Eagles vs. Broncos: Key matchups

Eagles vs. Broncos: Key matchups

 
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    It's another Game Day here at Eagletarian, so be sure to check with Eagletarian throughout the day as the Eagles play host to Brian Dawkins and the Denver Broncos.
     

    Paul Domowitch's Key Matchups

    1. Eagles LT Jason Peters vs. Broncos ROLB Elvis Dumervil. Dumervil has an NFL-high 15 sacks, but just 5 in the last 8 games. After a slow start, Peters has played at a Pro Bowl level the last 3 games. Advantage: Eagles

    2. Eagles CBs Sheldon Brown and Asante Samuel vs. Broncos WRs Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal. Samuel and Brown have combined for 13 interceptions. Marshall and Royal have combined for 130 receptions. Advantage: Broncos

    3. Eagles RE Trent Cole vs. Broncos LT Ryan Clady. Cole is having his best all-around season. Clady, an '08 first-rounder, isn't playing as well ins Josh McDaniels' system as he did in Mike Shanahan's. Advantage: Eagles

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    Les Bowen's pick

    Same mode as last week, except I'm actually picking the Eagles to cover this time.

    Maybe Brian Dawkins knows Donovan McNabb inside and out, will pick off a bunch of passes and make the populace even angrier about his departure. I think that pretty much has to happen for the Broncos to win, though.

    I like Andy Reid against rookie head coaches, particularly rookie head coaches with nondescript offenses.

    I don't think there's a Brian Westbrook jinx, though the Birds are 7-1 without him.

    Denver has come to the Northeast twice this season, losing 30-7 at Baltimore and 27-17 at Washington.

    Prediction: Eagles 20, Broncos 12.

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