Can the Philadelphia Eagles live up their hype and finally make a deep push in the postseason? Some have picked them to appear in the Super Bowl and they have been labeled as the NFC dark horse to win it all alongside the AFC’s Houston Texans.
The one thing those two teams have in common would be a ferocious pass rush and arguably the best back in the NFL (save Ray Rice).
Everybody is once again hopping on the board of the Michael Vick experience, of course that is if they are not jumping on top of his rib cage.
Vick and the high-flying Eagles as usual have a ton of weapons that could appear in a plethora of postseason award teams, but can they stay healthy and produce a consistent brand of football in unison?
DeSean Jackson has stated he is focused more than he has ever been and Jeremy Maclin promises that this team will be better than last season. LeSean McCoy is capable of leading the NFL in rushing and he has a remarkable nose for the end zone (20 TDs in 2011).
However, the name of the game is called the NFL, which is also known as not for long if you ask anybody around the league. Vick is going to take his lumps all over his body against physical and aggressive defenses, and the Browns are no laughing matter.
Joe Haden will be playing for the Browns underrated defense and whether he is primarily on Maclin or at times Jackson, Brent Celek is the one guy that needs to assert himself towards the red zone.
If he can come down with a big touchdown reception or at least a few critical catches to keep the drive moving, Vick will ease in and McCoy will eventually hit a home run to secure what should be a very close game.
Time: 1 p.m. Eastern
Network: FOX (704)
Experts Pick: Eagles by 8.5
Danny V’s Pick: Eagles 24, Browns 19