As you all are aware, Jason Peters is listed as questionable for Sunday with some soreness and tenderness in his achilles tendon.
Folks, this is not just bad news. This is the worst possible news of the week short of losing Vick.
Why, you ask?
Because Peters is the only lineman on that team capable of neutralizing John Abraham. Can Todd Herreman’s do the job? Perhaps. Problem is, he’s never been asked to, thus we don’t know.
The Falcons like to line up Abraham on both ends of the line. Going into the game, I was expecting to see Abraham start working on Herremans to let Falcons’ defensive coaches see if it was a match-up advantage for the Falcons. If I’m in the Falcons coaching room, I’m changing the game plan. I’m going right after Jason Peters to test him out. The minute he shows any signs of losing a step, the Falcons are going to exploit that to their advantage. I’m sure the Falcons would love to see Peters leave the game and have King Dunlap in there. Abraham must be licking his chops at the thought of rushing against 6’9″ inch Dunlap, because the leverage advantage for Abraham would almost be immeasurable coming off the edge at Dunlap.
If worst comes to worst, I’d expect the Eagles to switch to a backup plan. And that means Shady McCoy will be staying in to help Peters/Dunlap, and also making Brent Celek a blocker on most downs because the Falcons should be bringing the house on every passing down.
Keep your fingers crossed. Jason Peters is just as much a key to this victory as anyone.