OT: Eagles Playoffs Thread
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01-12-2005, 08:49 AM
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No, I don't think we will this year. The boys are ready to play.
Based on what? It has been a month since their last meaningful snap. Being flat and/or rusty is a very legitimate concern. Especially when McNabb has shown ZERO confidence in his receivers other than Owens this year and has yet to play a game with Owens gone.
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It's not going to happen. It's our defense versus Minny's offense, I'll take our defense any time with 5 pro Bowlers in Dawkins, Lewis, Reese, Sheppard and Trotter and the NON-Pro Bowler in the Freak, Jevon Kearse. It's true that Minny has a high powered offense but it's also true that in the NFC, we are the team that allows the fewest points in a game. Just because TO is out doesn't mean our offense goes to hell. We still have Donovan, Brian, Freddie, LJ, Chad and even Todd. We play our game, we will have another chance to try and finally get past the title game.
Vikes marched up and down the field at will last time against that defense. And that was with Wiggins hurt, Bennett out, Adam Haayer starting at RT and before Burleson started. They easily hung 400+ yards on that defense. The Vikes stopped more drives by self-destructing than the Eagles defense did.
Don't underestimate the Vikes offense. Even without Moss for half the year, it was still 6th in scoring and 4th overall. If they can give Culpepper some time, they should have little trouble moving the ball again. Eagles simply don't have the CBs neccesary to cover the Vikes receiving core. Moss, even hurt, demands double coverage (as he proved last week). That leaves Robinson, Burleson and (if healthy) Campbell man-up. Each of those battles favors the Vikes. The 3- and 4-WR packages quite strongly. I would guess the Eagles keep the safeties deep to support their CBs like they did last time, which means the Vikes will move the ball underneath to Wiggns and Bennet/Smith instead. Reid and Johnson clearly respect the ability of the Vikes offense. They played one of, if not their most, conservative game against them this year. Dawkins and Lewis played deep zone >75% of the game and they rarely blitzed to keep more defenders in coverage/contain. Then again, with as bad as the Vikes line was that game, the Eagles got plenty of pressure just rushing 4. Heck, rushing three. They used Kearse as a spy for a good chunk of the game.
Where the Vikings fall well short is their own defense. Losing Owens hurts badly for the Eagles, but they still have enough to march on the Vikes. Winfield and Williams should more than handle Pinkston/Mitchell. Who covers Westbrook and Smith/Lewis will be the challange. As it was the first time they met. Vikes have very poor cover LBs and Safeties. Your TEs/RBs should have a field day against them. Eagles will have trouble going downfield to their WRs, but should be able to dink and dunk at will. Special Teams and Coaching are equally mismatched. Eagles are some of the best in the biz at both while MN is at the other end of the spectrum.
If the Eagles bring their 'A' game, Vikes don't have a chance. Philly is simply the better team. If the Vikes play at the level they did last week and Philly comes in flat/rusty, an upset is possible. Whoever scores first is going to go a long way in deciding the winner. Vikes get on the board and get rolling, they are a very dangerous team. Take the wind out of their sails early, the defense collapses quickly.
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