Are you ready to face Eli’s brother?
I’m really excited for this game. I know some are scared of what Peyton might do to the Eagles defense. San Diego played a brilliant game on offense a couple of weeks back and the Eagles still almost pulled that game out. I absolutely think this is a winnable game.
I’m also curious to see what Chip Kelly and the staff did with the extra time off. Will they have some new wrinkles? Were they able to solve some existing problems?
One thing surprised me as I read about the Broncos. They were a big 2nd half team in the first couple of games. They trailed in the opener at halftime and just led the Giants by a point. If the Eagles offense can get back on track and score a couple of TDs, this could be a tight game at the half. The Eagles had to play catch-up in the last 2 games and lost both. If they could stay tight or possibly have the lead, that would make things less difficult on the team. And Denver has yet to play in a game that was tight in the 4th quarter.
I think the key to the game will be the Eagles ability to run the ball. That keeps the chains moving and Peyton watching from the sidelines. He’s a great QB, but the one thing he can’t do is hurt you when he’s a spectator. This could be the week to use all 3 RBs and try to pound on the Broncos. Easier said than done, though. They’re #1 against the run. I do think you can run on them if you spread them out, which the Eagles love to do.
Denver’s scoring has declined every week…49 to 41 to 37. If they are down in the 30 to 34 area this week, that is okay, assuming the Eagles offense gets back to where they need to be.
STs was a major problem area last week. The Eagles must have that go back to being a strength if they’re going to win this week. You cannot give Peyton a short field or any extra possessions. Make him earn every point.
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I was surprised to see that they’ve had problems with drops. Man. Peyton is having a phenomenal year and his guys are putting the ball on the ground? That’s insane.
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Jeff McLane wrote about Earl Wolff, since he’s likely to start for Patrick Chung on Sunday. Nate Allen was the best Eagles Safety in the KC game. You can argue that Wolff was the next best. Chung had a rough game.
Starting a rookie Safety vs Peyton isn’t ideal, to put it mildly. But that’s a 2-way street. Peyton loves to know his opponents inside-out. You wonder if he went back and watched NC State tape on Wolff to figure out the best ways to attack him. There isn’t much Eagles tape.
Wolff’s sure tackling could be a huge help against a team that lives off RAC yards.
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Did you see the Broncos-Eagles splash cartoon? Great stuff this week.
I know AC Viking will love it.