5. Give McCoy the Rock – Last week, key number four was to get LeSean McCoy 15 carries and Mike Bell at least five. McCoy ran the ball 16 times for 120 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Bell had four rushes for no yards. Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg should stick with what worked, and get McCoy involved again this week.
4. Shut down Marcedes Lewis – Tight ends terrorize the Eagles, and Marcedes Lewis has all of the tools. The third-year player caught two touchdown passes in week one and at 6’6 and 275 pounds, he’ll be a handful for the Birds defense. After giving up more than 100 yards last week to Brandon Pettigrew, it should be an area of focus again.
3. Maurice Jones-Drew – The Jaguars star running back is off to a slow start this year, with just 129 yards and no touchdowns through two games. For a guy who has scored 49 touchdowns over the last four years and ran for nearly 1,400 yards last year, that qualifies as a slow start. He can get his yards today, as long as he’s not breaking consistent long runs to gash the Eagles defense.
2. Pressure David Garrard – Jones-Drew may be the Jaguars best player on offense, but Garrard is the one the Eagles can force into mistakes. The signal caller tossed four picks last week, and has been prone to turnovers in his career. Aside from 2007, when he tossed 18 touchdowns and just 3 interceptions while losing 2 fumbles, Garrard has had more turnovers than touchdown passes in every year that he’s started 10 games or more.
1. Vick – Now that he’s officially the starter (right now, at least), Vick needs to continue to take care of the football. He hasn’t thrown an interception since December 24, 2006, but he came close on numerous occasions last week. If Vick doesn’t turn the ball over, the Jaguars secondary is ripe for the picking. Safety Sean Considine is likely to be picked on by an Eagles coaching staff that knows him all too well.
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