NFL preview

6 11 2009

Giants Eagles Football

Game of the week

This week the Philadelphia Eagles face off against the Dallas Cowboys in a battle for first place in the NFC East.  Both teams come into this game playing solid football.  The Eagles’ big play offense has an influx of youth with second year burner DeSean Jackson and rookies Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy.  Jackson right now is the biggest deep threat in the game, he already has six touchdown catches of 50 yards or more.   While there is a lot of new blood making a lot of noise for the Eagles it’ll be Donavon McNabb pulling the trigger like always for the Eagles.  McNabb always step up his game against the Cowboys, remember that 14 second scramble a few years ago.

Dallas may have found the number one reciever to replace Terrell Owens and it’s not Roy Williams, even though he disagrees.  The real number one is fourth year man Miles Austin.  Even if Austin can’t dunk it over the goalpost like T.O.he has generated some big numbers since replacing Patrick Crayton in the starting line up.  Austin has scored five touchdowns in the last three games and has more yardage in that three game span than any other reciever in Cowboys’ history.  The big question surrounding this game is whether or not Tony Romo can continue to make smart decisions with the football, he has only thrown one interception in his last five games.

Players to Watch

For Dallas the player to watch is DeMarcus Ware.  In the two games that the Eagles offense struggled against Oakland and Washington, it was because they were able to get pressure on Donavon McNabb.  If McNabb gets time in this game it’ll spell disaster for the Cowboys, but if DeMarcus Ware can harass Mcnabb in this one the Cowboys will have a much better shot at coming away with a victory.  Also watch perennial pro bowl tight end Jason Witten make a big catch or two in this one.

For Philadelphia the player to watch is Asante Samuel.  Samuel has a knack for making big plays in big games.  He and the rest of the Eagles defense have 14 interceptions on the year.  Samuel just has a nose for the ball.  If the Eagles pressure Romo and force him into gunslinger mode, look for Samuel to have a huge day and the Eagles to cruise to victory.  Also watch out for fullback Leonard Weaver, he’s a load and the Cowboys seem to struggle bringing down bigger backs.

The prediction

It’s always a dog fight when two teams from the NFC East square off.  Even though the last time these two teams met the Eagles demolished the Cowboys 44-6, both teams have made some changes.  Matt, Kelden, and our two guests this week are all going with the Eagles.  I say as long as Jessica Simpson doesn’t show up to distract Romo, he puts his critics to rest, at least for a week or two.  Cowboys 34, Eagles 31.

My other picks: Falcons, Cardinals, Ravens, Colts, Patriots, Packers, Jaguars, Titans, Seahawks, Saints, Chargers, and Steelers.

Matt Flygare’s picks: Falcons, Cardinals, Bengals, Colts, Patriots, Packers, Jaguars, 49ers, Seahawks, Saints, Giants, and Steelers.

Kelden Peterson’s picks: Falcons, Cardinals, Bengals, Colts, Patriots, Packers, Jaguars, 49ers, Seahawks, Saints, Chargers, and Steelers.

Guest Rhett Fieldsted’s picks: Falcons, Bears, Ravens, Colts, Patriots, Packers, Jaguars, Titans, Seahawks, Saint, Chargers, and Steelers.

Guest Kevin Hall’s picks: Falcons, Bears, Ravens, Texans, Patriots, Packers, Jaguars, Titans, Seahawks, Saints, Giants, Steelers.

Written by: Jesse Kunz
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