As the Eagles make their return from the bye week, they won’t be greeted with a very easy task. The Colts will be coming to town, led by their high powered offense and quarterback Peyton Manning.
On the Eagles side of the ball, we will see the return of Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson, two electrifying players that will surely help the Eagles on offense.
The Eagles could really use a win in this game, so let’s take a look at the key match-ups that will have a large impact on the game.
Peyton Manning vs. Dimitri Patterson
Patterson will be making his first start for the Eagles and he’s going to see a lot of action from Manning. With a guy like Asante Samuel opposite him, Patterson will see a lot of balls thrown his way.
It doesn’t matter who lines up on Patterson’s side, Manning is going to look to throw to that side early and often. Patterson will have his hands full and there’s no doubting that he’s going to allow some catches. However, he’s going to have to prevent big plays and do his best to not let Manning pick him apart.
At the end of the day, Patterson’s play will have a big impact on the game.
Eagles Running Attack vs. Colts Run Defense
The Eagles will need to run the ball effectively in order to win this football game. It is a big weakness for the Colts and the Eagles will need to exploit it.
It will all start with LeSean McCoy, but look for Vick to contribute as well. McCoy has been an absolute bull this season and has looked great running the ball. I’d like to see the Eagles give him a solid 20 carries on Sunday and see if he can’t get something going. It will also be interesting to see if the Eagles call any designed runs for Vick.
If the Eagles can run the ball well, it will open up some things through the air. Which brings me to my next match-up.
DeSean Jackson vs. Colts Secondary
Jackson will be back in the line-up and will be looking to hook up with Vick on some big plays come Sunday. He seems to have the knack to get open down the field when plays break down, and with Vick’s ability to extend plays, he should have plenty of opportunities to make plays.
Vick loves throwing the ball deep down the field and who better to look for than Jackson. If the Eagles can run the ball, and force the secondary to play closer to the line, Jackson should be able to use his speed to get behind defenders and make a play.
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