Friday, October 22, 2010

Eagles @ Titans Preview

Before the season started I predicted the outcome of each Eagles game and through the first six weeks I am right on track as far as wins and losses. I had Philly knocking off the Redskins at home and losing to the 49ers on the road, but the end result remains the same; 4-2.

This week I have the Eagles winning in Tennessee to go into their bye week at 5-2. While the Titans are playing better than I expected, this is a game that Philadelphia should be able to win given the way that Kevin Kolb has been running the offense and the pressure that the Bird's defense has been able to create against opposing quarterbacks.

The main concern in this game will be Philadelphia's ability to contain Tennessee RB Chris Johnson, who is currently the second leading rusher in the NFL with 596 yards. The Eagles did a great job last week shutting down Atlanta's Michael Turner, but doing the same to Johnson will be a bit more difficult.

One thing in the Eagles favor is that it appears that Kerry Collins will get the start at quarterback for the injured Vince Young. Collins is more than capable of moving this offense down the field , maybe even more so than Young, but his lack of mobility plays right into the hands of Philly's pass rush and blitz schemes.

This game will be won or loss on Kolb's ability to keep the offense on the field and put points on the board like he has done the past two weeks. The easiest way to get a win against the Titans is to grab an early lead and force Collins to beat you with the pass; which takes Johnson out of the mix.

The second half of the Eagles season is far more challenging, so getting to 5-2 before the bye (as predicted)becomes extremely important to the long-term success of this team as right now it looks like it will take at least 10 or 11 victories to win the division.

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

NFL Week 7: Eagles vs. Titans Wagering Pick / Handicapping

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