1. It’s December now
This team always seems to hit it’s stride in December. I don’t know what it is, but it works. If you take a look at the numbers in December since 2000, they are very impressive. Two of those one loss years came with the team losing it’s only game in an overtime decision. Not too shabby. The Birds sit in a position right now where these December games are very important (as they often are). I expect them to continue their trend and start this December off on the right foot.
Overall: 27-11 (.711)
2. Key injuries to key Falcons
If you look at the Falcons statistically, you can see they’re not winning games with their defense. The defense ranks low across the boards and relies on the offense to bail them out. Offensively, it all starts with Matt Ryan, the second year quarterback, who was ruled out of Sunday’s game very early in the week. His backup, Chris Redman, played the majority of the game but failed to get much going against a terrible Tampa Bay team who the Eagles put up 33 points against. Redman has never found much success in the NFL and just doesn’t have the talent to be a starting quarterback. The Eagles defense is banged up but I can’t see him getting a whole lot going against them. Also, the Falcons may very well be without the services of Michael Turner who has shown that when he’s playing at his highest level, he’s one of the best in the league.
3. Atlanta has a poor defense
The Falcons defense just really isn’t that good. I’ve liked the way the Eagles have been able to move the ball as of late (before they get in the redzone). I expect to see them be able to move the ball fairly well against the Falcons. LeSean McCoy is starting to gain more confidence in his running and I think if they call Leonard Weaver’s number enough times on Sunday, he can do some real damage as well. It looks like our offense will have to be without DeSean Jackson, but you saw how other players stepped up last week. Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant proved they are solid targets and really picked it up when Jackson left the game.
4. It’s time for Andy to get it right
We all know how absolutely repulsive Andy Reid’s play calling has been this year. However, you would think(hope/pray) that he is finally going to learn from his mistakes. If the Eagles end up with a first and goal at the one this week, we better see Leonard Weaver lined up in the backfield ready to slam heads and cross the goal line, not any of this Eldra Buckley crap. Andy has had a better view of seeing all these plays fail than any of us so it’s time to get it right. If you want to continue to be a coach in this organization, you better start making the right calls.
5. The return of Michael Vick
Sure he may not see the field very often on Sunday, but you better believe he’s going to be putting in some extra effort to make plays when he’s in. It doesn’t matter who you are or what sport you play, when you play your old team, you really want to win. Most teams and players don’t separate on “good terms” so there’s usually some extra incentive. Donovan said he thinks Vick will be welcome backed warmly. I think there will be a mix of emotions but it should definitely be very interesting to say the least.