Tonight’s matchup has the Philadelphia Eagles looking to rebound from a lackluster effort against the Chicago Bears facing a Houston Texans squad trying to keep its slim playoff hopes alive.
After tonight’s contest, the Eagles will have faced their fourth opponent in 18 days of those four teams three have led their respective divisions but all four have a stake in this year’s playoff chase.
A short week after two emotional wins could’ve been a contributor as the Birds sleepwalked in and out of Soldier Field without a bang – the only whimpering could be heard from the locker of wideout of DeSean Jackson who incurred the Wrath of Reid in the aftermath of their loss.
The availability of Pro Bowl corner Asante Samuel is of the utmost importance as the Eagles need all capable hand on deck to deal with Andre “I’llbeatyoulikeyoustolesumthin” Johnson. We all know that he’s the Texans only receiving threat and every year he continues to put up knockout numbers (pun intended).
I’m hearing about the Texans 32nd ranked pass defense and how the Eagles should provide an air display and get Jackson out of this slump, so forth and so on. The gameplan should be to get this team into a playoff mindset early - particularly the offensive line. With the temperature dipping tonight, it’s an ideal night to run the ball. Giving Shady McCoy and Jerome Harrison 15 rushes each would be a nice look – especially if the Eagles can get the Texans on their heels early. Get Brent Celek involved, if the Eagles are running the ball effectively and often there may be a chance for Celek downfield.
The Eagles will have their hands full, I’m not buying into the Texans poor passing defense largely because the Eagles’ is just as bad. If Asante Samuel is unable to go tonight (just found out that he will be inactive), the trickle-down effect in on the depth chart could expose some holes for a quarterback in Matt Schaub who is just as eager to throw downfield. Andre Johnson and Arian Foster are going to cause problems in the passing and running game. Defensively, Marion Williams will play on both ends, linebacker Brian Cushing will attempt to mirror Vick.
Pick: Eagles 31 – Texans 17