NFL Week 7: Eagles @ Titans
PHI: 4-2, t1st in NFC East
TEN: 4-2, y1st in AFC South
Where: LP-Field (Nashville, TN)
When: Sunday, 1 PM on
Last time met: Nov. 19, 2006 – The Titans smoked the Eagles, 31-13.
Last Week: The Eagles rolled over Atlanta, 31-17. The Titans smoked the Jaguars on MNF, 30-3.
Best case scenario: With getting another start, Kevin Kolb guarantees that he will be the starting quarterback for the rest of the season. Kolb throws for 300 yards and three touchdowns, two to Jeremy Maclin. The defense rattles Vince Young, sacking him six times and forcing him to throw two interceptions. Asante Samuel returns a pick for a touchdown.
Worst case scenario: Kolb is pressured greatly by the Titans defense and is forced to make bad decisions. Andy Reid yanks Kolb in the second half in favor of Michael Vick, who doesn’t do much better. Chris Johnson has a field day, ending the run defense’s string of good games with a 150-yard day and two touchdowns.
Opposing player to watch – RB Chris Johnson: Johnson is arguably the most electrifying running back in the NFL. He has the break-away speed of a wide receiver and can take the hard hits. He is second in the league with 596 yards and leads the league with seven rushing touch downs. If the Eagles defense isn’t on their A-game, it could mean a great performance from Johnson.
Offenses: Kolb is going to start with Vick listed as questionable. Kolb is having a Pro Bowl caliber last few weeks. He’s completed 71-of-105 passes for 804 yards, five TDs, and two interceptions. But he lost a target last week when DeSean Jackson was knocked out with a concussion and will not play on Sunday. But Jeremy Maclin stepped in nicely last week with his two-touchdown game. LeSean McCoy is a very underrated running back in the NFL.
Johnson is the offense in Tennessee. But with a running back that good, that isn’t entirely a bad thing. Young is enjoying a solid season at the reigns despite having Kerry Collins waiting in the wings to take over any time he slips up. Young has completed 62-of-101 passes with seven TDs. Nate Washington and Kenny Britt combined for 32 catches, 236 yards, and seven TDs.
Defenses: Long story short because of how worn down I am with writing: Both have good squads that have been susceptible to bad games. The Eagles run defense will be tested a third straight week with a premier running back in Johnson where the Titans could have their hands full with all the Eagles’ weapons. Should be an interesting game.
Eagles: Out: B. Bunkley (elbow), D. Jackson (concussion), J. Peters (knee). Questionable: Vick (rib).
Titans: Questionable: B. Scaife (groin), V. Young (knee).
Roose’s Prediction (4-2): The teams are very evenly matched. But the Birds will prevail in a close one, 21-17.