With the MLB postseason started up much of the attention has gone the Phillies’ way in Philadelphia. The Eagles have a big game coming up on Sunday that will be the pre-cursor to the Cards and Phils as the first pitch for that one is scheduled after 8 pm. Eagles should have their win or loss sewn up by about 4:30 PM.
Can the linebackers and safeties hold up this week? Brian Rolle was named the starting weakside LB, taking over for fellow rookie Casey Matthews.
Vernon Davis needs to be held in check. We’ll see if the Birds decide to put a corner on him on certain situations as the San Francisco receiving corps has very little depth. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie or Nnamdi Asomugha may get the assigment.
The linebackers have struggled to stop the run, but San Francisco averaged just 1.7 yards per rush last week.
Against the 32nd ranked offense in the league, the Eagles should be able to shutdown the 49er attack, but if the safeties and linebackers play poorly again the 49ers can grind Frank Gore to keep the game within shouting distance.
Michael Vick will start for Philadelphia after reports that he broke his hand last Sunday. After a full examination on Monday, it was downgraded to a deep bone bruise. We’ll find out how that hand is when he’s taking snaps under center. He will wear a protective glove which may help or hinder his grip. Other than that, the hand shouldn’t be a problem.
LeSean McCoy is second in the NFL in rushing, and has 5 total TD. The Patrick Willis-led 49er defense has allowed just 2.9 yards a rush this season and is a lot more stingy than people realize.
And that’s just one Eagles weapon, there’s still DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and others to worry about.
Philadelphia has won the last 5 consecutive games against San Francisco but that doesn’t indicate that this one is going to be easy. There’s not much else to say about this one, enjoy your jam-packed sports Sunday Philadelphia!
PREDICTION- 27-16 Philadelphia- I see the Eagles winning this one easily, but will we really be able to gauge where the defense is against a weak offense. There will be concerns if San Francisco moves the ball effectively the entire game but the Wide 9 should sink or swim on this one.
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Written by Adrian Fedkiw
I currently work for the Sports Network. It's the best job ever! I am a 2010 graduate of Temple University where I majored in broadcast journalism, I LOVE SPORTS! That's why I am here. I have a vast knowledge and want to share my athletic intelligence with the world. Some people like to spend their time shooting down aliens in Halo; I like to spend my time watching sports, current and old. It's my passion! I got asked one time how I can watch a game over again when I already know the outcome. 5 minutes later, he's watching Happy Gilmore reciting all of the lines from the movie. Hypocrite! As for my favorite sports teams, I've been a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan. My favorite athlete is Allen Iverson. He didn't like practice that much, but when it came to gametime, no one let it all out on the floor like Iverson. He is absolutely beloved in the city of Brotherly Love. For college athletics, obviously I pay close attention to Temple. (Yes, football too) Even before I stepped foot on Temple's campus for the 1st time in 2005, I was a fan. Oh the good old days of John Chaney! Some other tidbits about myself, I love cheesesteaks, I hydrate myself with Welch's Grape Juice and Snapple. I love the HBO show Entourage. Also, when is Kenny Powers making his much anticipated return in Eastbound and Down!