Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1)
Sunday, September 26th, 4:15 p.m.
Everbank Field, Jacksonville, FL
Kickoff temperature: 83 degrees, 50% chance of precipitation
Line: Eagles by 4.5; Over/under- 45
Series history: Jacksonville has won all three meetings
Make Vick a pocket passer. Michael Vick has worked on his accuracy and appears to be more accurate than at any other time in his career. That said, the best way to beat him is to keep him in the pocket and test his accuracy, because if he’s on the move, the entire defense will break down.
Limit big plays. It sounds simple, but the best way to keep the Eagles from lighting up the scoreboard is to make them go the length of the field incrementally instead of in big chunks.
Run the ball, control the clock. The Jaguars need to keep the clock moving when they are on offense to keep Vick and DeSean Jackson on the bench as spectators. It’s really their only shot.
Garrard must win the QB battle. David Garrard must outplay Michael Vick. Garrard is supposed to be a franchise quarterback and Vick has started two games over the past four years. Garrard must play better than Vick.
Be good in the red zone. Red zone efficiency wasn’t a problem for the Jags last week because they were rarely in the red zone. That should change this week and the team must score touchdowns instead of field goals.
DeSean Jackson will make at least one big play and score a touchdown. Jackson is one of the most explosive players in football and the Jaguars have one of the worst secondaries in football. Bad combination.
Maurice Jones-Drew goes over 100. MJD always seems to start slow, and Week Three is usually where he picks things up. He should have a good day against the Eagles defense.
Good tight end fantasy day. Both Marcedes Lewis and Brent Celek should have productive days against their defensive cournterparts.
There will be five or more combined sacks in this game. Both quarterbacks like to hold on to the football to the detriment of their lines.
Eagles fly away with a victory. It’s weakness vs. weakness (Jags passing offense vs. Eagles pass defense) and strength vs. weakness (Eagles passing offense vs. Jags pass defense). Jacksonville doesn’t have the horses to compete in a shootout.