A lot will be at stake for both teams this Sunday when the Broncos (8-6) travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles (10-4). The Broncos will try to hold on to the sixth seed in the AFC playoffs while the Eagles will try to remain in first place in the NFC East division and currently hold the third seed in the NFC playoff race.
The Broncos will play in Philadelphia for the first time since 1995 and will make their first ever appearance at Lincoln Financial Field which opened in 2003. The Broncos are 4-6 (Home: 3-2/ Away: 1-4) against the Eagles.
As it’s been all year long for the Broncos offense this year, they will have to produce a balanced attack and run the ball effectively in order to open up the passing game. When opposing teams have forced the Broncos into passing the ball downfield in second or third and long situations, the Broncos have proven consistently inept to do so.
The Broncos chief concern on defense will be containing explosive second year WR DeSean Jackson. Jackson has 56 receptions for 1,087 yards and 8 touchdowns all the while averaging 19.4 yards a catch. The 5-10 175 pound receiver has quickly developed into one of the most feared receivers in the league and is without a doubt Eagles QB Donavon McNabb favorite target.
The Broncos should receive some help in this area with the return of starting safety Renaldo Hill. Hill missed his first game of the season last week in a loss to the Raiders due to an injured ankle. Hill has proven to be a very smart player and is responsible for calling the coverage for the defensive backfield.
Prediction for this game:
Figuring out which Broncos team will show up has been a daunting task all year. The fan in me always tells me the Broncos will win, but as my readers will find out I prefer the call it like I see it approach.
Let’s face it; the Broncos will have to play a perfect game to leave Philly with a victory this Sunday. Perfection has not been in the Broncos repertoire this season (at least after the week 7 bye). The Eagles still have to play hard as the Cowboys and Giants are both still alive for a playoff spot and or a division title.
To put it simple the Eagles need this game just as much as Denver , only difference is the Eagles are playing at home and seem to be peaking as the regular season is coming to an end. The Broncos are still trying to find themselves at the week 16 mark.
Broncos fight hard but fall, 31-17