NFL Week Three: Eagles @ Jacksonville
PHI: 1-1, t1st in NFC East
JAX: 1-1, t2nd in AFC South
Where: EverBank Field (Jacksonville, FL)
When: Sunday, 4:05 PM on FOX
Last time met: Oct. 29, 2006 – Fred Taylor’s 15-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was the lone endzone appearence for both teams that afternoon as Jacksonville won 13-6 in Philadelphia.
Last Week: Eagles beat the Lions in Detroit, 35-32. Jacksonville got run over by the Chargers 38-13.
Best case scenario: Michael Vick takes full advantage of being the Eagles number one, putting up another electric performance. He rushes for 100 yards and throws for 250 more with a three-touchdown effort. Shady McCoy has another great game himself, rushing for over 100 yards for the second time this season. Vick’s new favorite target, DeSean Jackson, will make some big plays down field.
Worst case scenario: Vick makes Andy Reid regret his decision, restoring faith in the head coach with Kevin Kolb. Vick throws three interceptions, two to corner Rashean Mathis. The injured Maurice Jones-Drew has his first 100-yard performance of the season.
Opposing player to watch – RB Maurice Jones-Drew: Fantasy heads know the type of player he is, drafting him in the top five of their pools. Jones-Drew has been struggling so far this season with an injured ankle. He has yet to get over the 100-yard mark but as he nears full strength, that performance could come this week.
Offenses: The Eagles offense had no problems scoring. Vick and Jackson developed a nice little rapour last week and hope to keep that going heading into Jacksonville. They still have receiving weapons in Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek. McCoy is turning into a nice feature back and FB Owen Schmitt looked very good in his Eagles debut. Jacksonville’s defense got scorched by the Chargers’ high-powered offense and if things go the way they have, the Eagles could easily do the same thing.
The Jaguars have some weapons of their own. Besides MJD in the backfield, they have WR Mike Sims-Walker, who had a career-high 10 catches last week against San Diego. He is QB David Garrard’s top option and rightfully so. WR Mike Thomas is settling in as a no. 2 receiver.
Advantage: Eagles have the advantage.
Defenses: The Eagles defense was great last week until it fell asleep in the final five minutes, allowing two touchdowns and a two-point conversion. Stewart Bradley is listed as probable for Sunday’s game and should be able to play. His absence was sorely missed as he’s their best run-stopping and pass-defending linebacker. Juqua Parker is leading the defense with three sacks and rookie safety Nate Allen has two interceptions.
Jacksonville’s defense has allowed the most points in the AFC so far with 55. They got routed last week by a Vincent Jackson-less Chargers offense. Just think what DeSean Jackson could do this week against them. They have no stand-out players on their squad. S Reggie Nelson, arguably the defense’s best player, only has made two tackles.
Advantage: Eagles hold a huge advantage.
Eagles: Probable: S. Bradley (concussion), K. Kolb (concussion), B. Celek (chest).
Jaguars: Out: L. Cohen (knee), J. Durant (ankle). Probable: M. Jones-Drew (ankle).
Prediction: Vick and Jackson have monster games in a 42-17 rout.