Nov 10, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs with the ball as Green Bay Packers safety Morgan Burnett (42) defends in the third quarter at Lambeau Field. The Eagles won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Writing about the Philadelphia Eagles is one our favorite things to do. Having one of the largest staff of writers at Inside the Iggles we’re able to offer a wide array of opinions for our readers. One way we offer our opinions is to predict the upcoming games. We have writers from various parts of the world. Yes, there are Eagles fans everywhere. As it should be. With such a diverse staff we decided to collaborate on the prediction of each Eagles game. Each writer offers their prediction of the game and the reason why. Agree or disagree, these guys have put a lot of thought and research into their NFL Week 11 predictions.
Todd Duvall, Editor
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez looked pretty good last week against the Carolina Panthers. His first start since 2012 and on second thought he was actually really good; NO TURNOVERS. His completion percentage was a little low at 54% but for the first time with this offense as a starter I’ll take that. His 332 yards and two touchdowns coupled with the Eagles defense and special teams exploits was more than enough to overwhelm the Panthers.
This week will be different for them as they face the high flying Green Bay Packers led by one of the best quarterbacks in the league, Aaron Rodgers. Where last week they crushed their division “rival” Chicago Bears. Rodgers threw six touchdowns in the first half. Not sure how many he would have thrown had he played the entire game. A lot was made of that but what most people missed is the Chicago Bears have an awful defense. Any decent quarterback may have done the same thing.
The Philadelphia Eagles offensive line will be healthy for the second week in a row. They gave Sanchez the time he needed to throw the ball around the field. The defense racked up nine sacks against the Panthers and has 32 total for the season so far. They harassed Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to the point of making him look bad. The Eagles will look to add to last weeks performance and will cause Rodgers some discomfort himself.
The big concern I have for this game is the running game. The Panthers shut it down last week but fortunately it didn’t affect Sanchez and company. But against the Packers I think it’s important for the Eagles to get their running game going. But they will need to do it early and often if they want to beat the Packers.
Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy must have a breakout game. The perception for him this season is he’s having a down year. But with 641 rushing yards he has the sixth most rushing yards currently. We keep waiting for him to break through and something tells me this is the game for him. With his success comes a win for the Eagles. It will be a tough and entertaining game but Sanchez will do his part to help bring home a win for the Eagles.