Week 6 in the NFL brings us the first real big game of the 2010 Eagles season in my mind. The game with the Redskins was important because it was a divisional opponent as well as having the drama of Donovan McNabb's return, but Sunday's game with Atlanta will provide a great test to measure how good Philadelphia really is (or is not).
The Falcons are currently the most solid team in the NFC in all phases of the game. Their offense is ranked seventh overall and second in rushing offense. Their ball-hawking defense is ranked 10th overall, second in points allowed, and +7 in turnovers.
Atlanta also matches up very favorably against the Eagles as its core strength;running the ball with Michael Turner and Jason Snelling will go against a defense that has had major problems stopping the run this year. Philly is giving up an average of 125.8 rushing yards per game, ranking them 24th in the league.
The X factor in this game could be the availability of Michael Vick. Andy Reid has not ruled him out which tells me if Kevin Kolb gets off to a bad start and the Eagles fall behind, Reid may push the envelope and try and work him into the game.
Call it a hunch, but do not be surprised if Vick pulls off a couple of big plays to get Philly a win against his old team.
Below is a link to my entire preview of this game as originally posted on Cappers Picks
Atlanta vs. Philadelphia Preview & Free Week 6 Pick