Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) vs. Denver Broncos (3-0)
September 29, 2013 4:15 P.M. EST
Sports Authority Stadium (Mile High)
FOX TV 94WIP Radio
The Broncos are 10-point favorites in this one mostly because the pundits look at Philly's poorly-rated pass defense and they expect Peyton Manning to have possession of the ball for at least 12 series. That's a lot of Peyton Manning to absorb!
Rookie safety Earl Wolff gets his first start in place of the injured Patrick Chung. But I actually see that as a defensive improvement.
Anyway, nobody said winning in the NFL is supposed to be easy. And one of the loudest stadium crowds in the league will be reminding the Eagles of that fact all day long.
Our Livefyre commenters will judge the effort out there today. Personally, I want to see a competitive game plan and guys going all out to win their assignmment battles while remaining under control. No matter the outcome of a game like that, you will at least have something to build on as you head back East to play the Giants next week.
I've got two guys I'm keying on this game, and they're not the quarterbacks…
I'm keeping an EYE on Wesley Woodyard of the Broncos. As Wesley goes, so goes the Denver defense. If I don't hear his name called, I know the Eagles offense is clicking.
The former Kentucky Wildcat great and team captain was all over the field against the Raiders Monday night, dodging blockers to record 8 tackles and ripping through offensive linemen to pressure quarterback Terrelle Pryor from both the inside and outside.
Woodyard finished with a pair of QB hits and a half a sack, but his contribution felt greater, and that’s because it always does. No matter what the box score reads after the game, Woodyard, who’s fittingly nicknamed “The Lumberjack,” is the type of player who goes sideline to sideline, making the plays that casually get overlooked by those not paying close attention.
The other guy I'm keying on is DeSean Jackson. Not just on his outside routes or slants, but on special teams return action (hopefully) if the game stays close.
DJax is the kind of X-factor which can blow up in the Broncos' faces. He can literally turn this game into a street ball track meet.
You can game-plan for Peanut on paper, but he has a knack for rising to the occasion. He is perhaps the one player on the field able to answer Peyton Manning TD-for-TD if it came down to a shoot-out at the end.
Keep Vick clean and let him get the ball to DeSean on a dozen targets.
I'll take my chances.