The Philadelphia Eagles are set to play the Denver Broncos tomorrow afternoon in the Mile High City. While the Eagles defense showed the level they are capable of playing at in Week One, they haven't shown the same for the past two games. With that in mind, the advantage goes to Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
Just think about it. The Eagles defense played the best we've seen them all season in just the first half of the Washington Redskins game in Week One. It was all downhill from there as we haven't seen them play at that level for the rest of that game as well as the following two games against the San Diego Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Eagles biggest issue on defense going into the game on Sunday is their secondary. Peyton and the Broncos know that the Eagles secondary is having issues and they are going to attack it right from the beginning of the game. Considering Peyton has 12 passing touchdowns, no interceptions and averages just under 400 yards through three games, the Eagles defense has its work cut out for them.
It will also be a rough game for the Eagles because they have to defend Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker, Manning's two favorite targets. Thomas has two touchdowns and 307 yards with a team-leading 20 receptions. Welker has four touchdowns and 190 yards on 19 catches. But they aren't the only targets Manning likes. In comes Eric Decker and Julius Thomas. Decker also has 19 receptions for 252 yards and a touchdown. Thomas, the Broncos tight end, has 14 catches for 194 yards and four touchdowns. As you can see, Manning likes to spread the wealth evenly across the field. This is going to be troublesome for the Eagles secondary because there isn't just one or two players they need to worry about. There are four.
The Eagles only have one threat and that is DeSean Jackson. Teams know that if they can shut down Jackson, then the deep game for the Eagles is shut down. But with Peyton and the Broncos, it is going to be downright impossible for the Eagles to shut down all four players. The best thing the Eagles defense can do is get to Peyton early and rough him up.
One of Peyton's biggest attributes is that he can easily read defenses. He is one of the smartest quarterbacks in the game and knows what play to call if he has to audible because of what he sees with the defense. This makes it tough for opposing teams to disguise the coverage because Peyton can still read it. He also sees what mistakes the defense makes and will take advantage of it afterward.
The Broncos average around 42 points per game while the Eagles average just 26 points per game. With Peyton at the helm for the Broncos, expect the Broncos to score at least 42 points tomorrow against the Eagles.
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