The defense has played well against the run and it’s not something the Colts are big on so I think the Eagles will see a real healthy dose of Manning on Sunday.
The Eagles defense is the key to their inconsistencies. For some reason, they tend to let down in the fourth quarter. The Eagles had pretty healthy leads in the Lions and 49ers games, but the defense allowed them to come back and make it close. The best example of their fourth quarter struggles cam in the Titans game you mentioned. Early in the fourth quarter, the Eagles added a field goal to take a 19-10 lead. From there, the Titans ripped off 20 straight points on offense then added a defensive touchdown as time expired. Most of the let down against the Titans can be placed on the inability of two players and the coaching staff failing to make an adjustment.
MB: At this point, I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t play. He’s a little guy but an absolute warrior. The bye week came at a perfect time for him as he surely would have missed another game last week if they played.
As far as his impact on the game, we’ve already talked about the Colts secondary, and I think that bodes well for him. I expect him to take advantage of them and I think Vick will be able to find him on a couple deep plays. Vick and Jackson suit each other well. Vick tends to extend plays with his feet and Jackson has a knack for finding open holes in the secondary when a play breaks down.
MB: It absolutely makes me nervous. No matter who would start opposite of Asante Samuel, I’d be nervous. Manning is the best passer in the game and can make any receiver he has look like a Pro Bowl player. He makes it extremely easy for his receivers because he always put the ball exactly where it needs to be.
I’ll be interested to see what type of approach the Eagles take in regards to Manning. They could try and blitz him hard and make him force passes or rush three and drop everyone else in to coverage. At the end of the day, you can’t stop Manning, but I hope the Eagles can contain him to a degree.
MB: I want to say LeSean McCoy but I’m going to have to go with Vick. It’s his first game back and he’s facing a huge challenge. There’s no denying that the Colts will score points, so he’s going to have to be able to punch right back. He’s a pure play maker and that’s exactly what he’s going to have to do on Sunday. He has to make plays.
MB: Unfortunately, I’m going to have to go against the Eagles here. I think both sides will put up some points, but in the end, the Colts offense will be too much to handle. Colts win 37-27