The Philadelphia Eagles (4-7) are once again in the national spotlight, this week visiting Seattle to take on the Seahawks (4-7), on Thursday Night Football. Philadelphia takes the road following a crushing, playoff-eliminating loss to the New England Patriots at home, and at this point are playing for pride. Seattle is in a similar situation, and have no chance of making the postseason and are playing to not finish last in the NFC West. For the third consecutive week Vince Young has been named the starter, while Michael Vick attempts to recover from his broken ribs.
Here are five keys to an Eagles against the Seahawks:
5. Finish Offensive Drives
Philadelphia has had a big problem this season with finishing off drives. Not just drives that go to into the red zone, but all offensive drives. Last week against New England, the Eagles offense failed to convert on multiple third and shorts and were forced to punt. Philadelphia has enough talent on the field that they should not have an issue converting these easy downs, and every first down could make or break a game. Seattle’s defense isn’t anywhere close to elite, and the Eagles can’t waste drives on third downs that should be easy conversions.
You know, Young has wheels, and I’m sure that Andy Reid has a quarterback draw or two in his playbook. Why not give it a shot?
4. Don’t Over-Use LeSean McCoy
This could almost be counted as a joke, considering that the Eagles seem to avoid handing the ball off like the black plague. But the Eagles stud running back LeSean McCoy is listed as questionable for this game with turf toe, an injury sustained last Sunday. As valuable as McCoy is to the Eagles offense, they should use him sparingly this game.
The last thing that Philadelphia needs is for McCoy to aggravate and worsen an injury in a game that could be won without him. Behind McCoy, the Eagles still have Ronnie Brown and rookie Dion Lewis, who can both handle most of the carries in the game. Not starting McCoy will hurt the Eagles offense, but it’s better than having him sidelined for the rest of the year.
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