The Eagles are fortunate to have a chance to put last week's 31-26 loss to Chicago quickly behind them by playing Houston in the Thursday night game this week.
Not that this game will be a breeze, given the way the Bears were able to move the ball up and down the field against Philly's defense, but it offers a chance to get a quick win as well as some extra rest heading into the final four games of the season.
The key to beating the Texans will be jumping on them quickly much like the Monday night game against the Redskins. If Michael Vick can lead the offense to a couple of quick touchdowns instead of field goals it will help take Houston's running game out of the picture which is actually the Texans' biggest strength. The opportunity to put up some points should be there, given that Houston's defense is ranked 28th in the league overall and 31st against the pass.
Last week I expected the Birds' defense to step up and win the game but I have given up on that notion. If Chicago's 28th ranked offense can score 31 points you would have to believe that the Texan's seventh ranked offense will have some success despite the fact they are playing on the road.
This is a game that Eagles should win with relative ease, but as everyone knows from past seasons, you can never take anything for granted with this team. Hopefully, last week's game got some of the typical late season ugliness out of their system and left them poised to reel off enough wins to not only win the division, but lock up one of the top two spots in the conference.
Below is a link to my complete preview of Thursday night's game as originally posted on Cappers Picks
Thursday Night Football- Texans @ Eagles