Saturday, September 29, 2012

The dreaded Saturday Eagles pick

Andy Reid, meet LeSean McCoy. Remember him? No. 25. Very well may be the best back in the NFL. Last seen trying to block an invading horde of Cardinals' blitzers as the Eagles' offense imploded in the desert.

If the Eagles are going to win this Sunday night NFC East slugfest, they will do it on the shoulders of McCoy. The Giants will come at the Eagles in waves, just as the Cardinals did. Having Michael Vick drop back time after time will play right into their hands. But will Reid and Marty Mornhinweg be able to resist their affection for the forward pass? They better if they want to win.

The Eagles offensive line is still a work in progress after injuries knocked out several starters. The key to this game will be to control the situations with a big dose of McCoy. The Birds need to avoid obvious passing situations.

Oh, and one other small item. Vick must stop being the most generous guy in the league. Turnovers are killing this team, and doing that against the Giants will be fatal.

 So what do you think the odds are that Reid dials up three straight pass plays to open the game again?

The Pick: Make it Eagles 19, Giants 17. Just another knock-down, drag 'em out typical NFC East dustup. I think the Birds come out on top at home.

 Last Week: I certainly didn't see this one coming. I expected the Eagles to play much better and handle the Cardinals. I will say the Cards are better than I thought, especially on defense, but Reid played right into their hands. There is no way the Eagles should have been undressed that way. If Reid doesn't change his stripes, every team in the league now has a blueprint for how to come at them.

Season Record: Eagles - 2-1; Heron - 2-1. The Eagles are I both sit with identical 2-1marks. The Birds remain tied for the NFC East lead as they play both their first NFC East foe and conference game. Playing at home before a national TV audience and the Lincoln Financial Field zealots, this is one the Birds need to take to the bank.

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