Thursday, September 30, 2010

Washington vs. Philadelphia Preview & Free Week 4 Pick

All week long the main conversation concerning this Sunday's Washington and Philadelphia game has revolved around the return of Donovan McNabb to Lincoln Financial Stadium as the Redskins starting quarterback and rightly so.

The trade of McNabb was the biggest offseason story not only for the Eagles but for the rest of the NFL as well. In his 11 seasons with the team, McNabb led the Birds to five NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl while rewriting the team's record book for the quarterback position along the way.

To make this whole story even more dramatic is the emergence of Michael Vick as a more than capable replacement for McNabb's services. If Vick continues to play the way he has in the past 2 1/2 games, he is going to make Andy Reid look like a genius for pulling the trigger on this controversial trade.

In reality this game will much more than a McNabb-Vick showdown. Each of these teams needs a victory in this game to help their position in the division, and while I would expect a couple of key plays by both these players, the end result will be determined by much more than that.

As a rule, games between these two have a tendency to go right down to the wire with the outcome hanging in the balance until the bitter end. It might hinge on the Eagles defense having to rise to the occasion to prevent McNabb from proving that Philly made a mistake in trading him away. The outcome could possibly be trust upon the right leg of David Akers, who might be called on to make a game-winning field goal. There are a number of factors that will have an impact on the final score as this game should be a great barometer of just how good this Eagles team really is.

Whatever the case, this game is about much more than just McNabb and Vick, but they will most likely remain the focal point not just this Sunday, but for the rest of the season as well.

Below is a link to my complete preview of this game as originally posted on Cappers Picks

Washington vs. Philadelphia Preview & Free Week 4 Pick

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Philadelphia vs. Jacksonville Preview & Free Week 3 Pick

The Kevin Kolb era in Philadelphia has been put on hold for now as Head Coach Andy Reid has decided to turn the keys over to Michael Vick for the foreseeable future.

You cannot deny that Vick has looked spectacular in his six quarters of action while Kolb looked like a deer in the headlights in his first half of action against Green Bay. So for now Kolb's future has been put on hold while Vick has a shot at redemption for a promising career that got derailed by his self-destructive off-field behavior.

Not to mention, given the current state of the Eagles offensive line along with the fact they lost FB Leonard Weaver for the season, the need for a mobile quarterback has never been greater and Vick certainly fits that mold.

As with most of the moves that concern this team, this change will either work out incredibly well or turn into a complete disaster. I am currently leaning toward the first scenario as the past history of the NFL has a number of examples of veteran backup QB's coming off the bench to lead their team to greatness. Vick certainly has shown he has the ability to be that guy, it is just a matter of having the O-Line and defense elevate their game as well.

Below is a link to my complete preview to Sunday's game against Jacksonville as originally posted on Cappers Picks

Philadelphia vs. Jacksonville Preview & Free Week 3 Pick

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Week 2: Philadelphia vs. Detroit Preview & Free Pick

In a battle of the backups, Michael Vick for the Eagles and Shawn Hill for the Lions will both be trying to lead their team to their first win of the season.

I had this game penciled in the win column when the schedules were first released and regardless of who is behind center if the Eagles lose this one we are all in for a long year.

Here is a link to my complete preview of Sunday's game as previously posted on Cappers Picks

Week 2: Philadelphia vs. Detroit Preview & Free Pick

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Philadelphia Eagles- 2010 Schedule & Predictions

The Eagles 2010 regular season gets underway today with a 4:15 p.m. clash against the Green Bay Packers at Lincoln Financial Field.

Here is their complete schedule along with my prediction for each game

Green Bay Sun 09/12 4:15 PM EDT -LOSS
@ Detroit Sun 09/19 1:00 PM EDT -WIN
@ Jacksonville Sun 09/26 4:05 PM EDT -WIN
Washington Sun 10/03 4:15 PM EDT -WIN
@ San Francisco Sun 10/10 8:20 PM EDT -LOSS
Atlanta Sun 10/17 1:00 PM EDT -WIN
@ Tennessee Sun 10/24 1:00 PM EDT -WIN
Indianapolis Sun 11/07 4:15 PM EST -LOSS
@ Washington Mon 11/15 8:30 PM EST -LOSS
New York Giants Sun 11/21 8:20 PM EST -WIN
@ Chicago Sun 11/28 1:00 PM EST -WIN
Houston Thu 12/02 8:20 PM EST -WIN
@ Dallas Sun 12/12 8:20 PM EST -LOSS
@ New York Giants Sun 12/19 1:00 PM EST -LOSS
Minnesota Sun 12/26 1:00 PM EST -WIN
Dallas Sun 01/02 1:00 PM EST -WIN

I have upgraded my original prediction of 9-7 to 10-6 based on an end of the season win over the Vikings in Week 16. I still think the Cowboys will once again win the division with an 11-5 record but it will be a tighter race than first expected. Washington and New York will keep things interesting until the end with the Redskins finishing 7-9 and the Giants ending up 9-7.

It should be another great year of action in the NFC East so be sure to check back for my weekly previews of all the Eagles games.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Week 1: Green Bay vs. Philadelphia Preview & Pick

After carefully reviewing the tape of the preseason for both the Packers and the Eagles, I put together my preview and pick for Sunday's home opener at the Linc.

While I will go on record as still being a die-hard Eagles fan, I just do not have a real positive feeling that the Eagles can pull off an upset over the Packers.

Here is a link to my full preview of Sunday's game as originally posted on Cappers Picks.

Week 1: Green Bay vs. Philadelphia Preview & Free Pick

Friday, September 3, 2010

NFC East Team Previews

The Eagles finished up their four game preseason season with a 21-17 loss to the N.Y. Jets in a game that featured more players that will not be with the team on opening day than then the ones that will.

The final game is traditionally used to help the coaching staff decide which players on the cut-line will make the final 53 man roster. It should be a busy day has they have until Saturday to decide who stays and who goes.

One thing we know for sure is the team that takes the field next Sunday against the Green Bay Packers in the home opener at the Linc will look extremely different than the one that walked off the field in last season's embarrassing loss the Cowboys in the playoffs. Whether or not all the changes to personnel produces a different result still remains to be seen.

Below are links to a preview of each team in the NFC East along with my predictions for how they will finish. These were originally posted on Cappers Picks

Dallas Cowboys

Philadelphia Eagles

Washington Redskins

New York Giants