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David Dorey
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WEEK 3
2010
BUF at NE DAL at HOU* CIN at CAR* SD at SEA*
ATL at NO SF at KC PHI at JAC* IND at DEN*
DET at MIN* TEN at NYG WAS at STL* NYJ at MIA
*updated CLE at BAL* PIT at TB* OAK at ARI* GB at CHI

Prediction: PHI 24, JAC 23

Update: Maurice Jones-Drew has been limited in practice to rest his ankle but he is expected to play without limitation this week.

The Eagles got back into the "W" column thanks to a trip to Detroit that almost went bad. The Jaguars were just reminded that they are not as good as week one made them think after the Charger spanked them in San Diego last Sunday. This game could go either way but the more aggressive defense of the Eagles should provide just enough spark against a team recently rocked by turnovers.

Philadelphia Eagles (1-1))
Homefield: Lincoln Financial Field
Turf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 GB L 20-27 10 @WAS --
2 @DET W 35-32 11 NYG --
3 @JAC -- 12 @CHI --
4 WAS -- 13 HOU --
5 @SF -- 14 @DAL --
6 ATL -- 15 @NYG --
7 @TEN -- 16 MIN --
8 Bye - 17 DAL --
9 IND -- - - -
Eagles Report | Statistics | Roster
PHILADELPHIA at JAC Rush Catch Pass
QB Michael Vick 50,1 - 250,1
RB LeSean McCoy 80,1 30 -
TE Brent Celek - 30 -
WR DeSean Jackson - 90 -
WR Jason Avant - 30 -
WR Jeremy Maclin - 50,1 -
PK David Akers 1 FG 3 XP -
Pregame Notes: All these early season games are important, but the Eagles face the Skins in week four and then no more divisional games until week ten when they meet the Skins for the second time. The final seven weeks will contain the four games against the Giants and Cowboys so entering in with a big win-loss record is a must and could render those games less meaningful. The offense is scoring but the defense has been surprisingly accommodating.

QUARTERBACK: After affirming that Kevin Kolb would be the starter this week, HC Andy Reid recanted his decision and said he will go with Michael Vick for the rest of the season. The move is a surprise give the $12 million the Eagles gave Kolb to now hold a clipboard and that he could be evaluated on the basis of ten passes in week one. But this is a good chance for Vick to showcase his skills again with the Jaguars sporting a porous secondary and Vick coming off a 284 yard, two touchdown game last week. If you get to start two games, going against the Lions and Jaguars are nice choices.

This is a great week to start Vick against a secondary that has allowed no less than 295 passing yards each week and a total of four touchdowns. Vick's added threat to run will also come into play this week.

RUNNING BACKS: LeSean McCoy had a career best when he left Detroit after gaining 120 yards on 16 carries and scored three times. He continues to be almost the exclusive back for the Eagles along with four or five catches each week. The Eagles just signed Joique Bell for running back depth.

The Jaguars have allowed three rushing scores already this year and gave up 152 rushing yards in San Diego even though Ryan Mathews was injured. Expect a decent showing here by McCoy but it won't be as astronomic as last week.

WIDE RECEIVERS: The Eagles just released Hank Baskett so watch more "Kendra" if you want to support him. Riley Cooper hasn't translated into much on game day yet but he pushed past Baskett and shows much promise for the future. The great news last week was that DeSean Jackson was no longer dead just because Michael Vick was the quarterback. Jackson only had 30 yards in the season opener but then turned in 135 yards and a score on four catches thanks to the Lions leaving him wide open down the middle. Jeremy Maclin has remained with low yards both weeks but scored in both games.

The Jaguars are one of the weakest teams against wide receivers and should be good for at least big yardage for Jackson. It will depend on how often Vick pulls it down and runs but both Maclin and Jackson should be started this week.

TIGHT ENDS: Brent Celek is still pining for Kolb to return. His first two weeks of Vick have been bookend 30 yard games with only two or three catches. Unless Vick changes his way, Celek becomes a wasted draft pick.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points PHI 4 6 6 23 14 20
Preventing Fantasy Points JAC 28 28 29 28 18 19


Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1)
Homefield: J'ville Municipal Stadium
Grass
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 DEN W 24-17 10 HOU --
2 @SD L 13-38 11 CLE --
3 PHI -- 12 @NYG --
4 IND -- 13 @TEN --
5 @BUF -- 14 OAK --
6 TEN -- 15 @IND --
7 @KC -- 16 WAS --
8 @DAL -- 17 @HOU --
9 Bye - - - -
Jaguars Report | Statistics | Roster
JACKSONVILLE vs PHI Rush Catch Pass
QB David Garrard - - 220,1
RB Maurice Jones-Drew 60,1 20 -
TE Marcedes Lewis - 40 -
WR Mike Sims-Walker - 90,1 -
WR Mike Thomas - 60 -
PK Josh Scobee 3 FG 2 XP -

Pregame Notes: Beating the Broncos was great but then visiting San Diego erased any good tidings from week one. The rushing game is suddenly below average and the passing of David Garrard evaporated into an interception contest that the Chargers clearly won. These next two home games against the Eagles and then Colts will make or break Garrard.

QUARTERBACK: Life was great against the Broncos when David Garrard completed 16 of 21 for 170 yards and three scores in a win. But then last week he went 15 of 23 for 173 yards and one score but with four interceptions. He was later replaced by Luke McCown who managed to blow out his knee and end up on injured reserve. The dominating ground game of Maurice Jones-Drew hasn't shown up yet and that leaves the erratic Garrard to save and/or dash the hopes of the offense.

The Eagles secondary allowed two touchdowns in both gamse and healthy yardage as well. Depending on which Garrard shows up this week, expect a moderate passing yardage and at least one score that will come either in trash time or in a close fought game. The Eagles will at least slow down the rushing and force Garrard to throw.

RUNNING BACKS: Two weeks in and Maurice Jones-Drew still hasn't done anything to distinguish himself from any other NFL running back. He gained 98 yards on 23 carries in the opener but then was limited to only 31 yards on 12 runs in San Diego. Not only has he not scored, but his role as a receiver has been lighter with only for catches for 32 yards on the season. Rashad Jennings is no threat to take carries from him but the questions surrounding his knee entering the season may have not been entirely answered. Jones-Drew has been a fantasy disappointment considering where he was drafted in every league.

The Eagles have not allowed more than 78 yards to any runner so far though each week a score is allowed. Look for lower yardage than you want this week but a good shot at a touchdown.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Mike Sims-Walker was blanked in the opener because of CB Champ Bailey but he roared back in week two with ten catches for 105 yards and a touchdown. Mike Thomas fell to only 43 yards on four catches but outside of that duo, there is no consistent and very few yards and catches. Kassim Osgood caught a touchdown in week one but that has been his only catch. In fact it is the only catch made by a wideout outside of the two starters.

The Eagles secondary can be beaten and should favor SIms-Walker again this week. Look for a decent game for both but more upside with Sims-Walker.

TIGHT ENDS: Marcedes Lewis continues to matter. After catching two scores in the opener, he rang up five receptions for 70 yards against the Chargers. He still is not worth an every week start but he is bye week filler good. The Eagles have been weaker against tight ends so far.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points JAC 13 21 16 5 13 16
Preventing Fantasy Points PHI 25 31 15 23 23 17

WEEK 3
2010
BUF at NE DAL at HOU CIN at CAR SD at SEA
ATL at NO SF at KC PHI at JAC IND at DEN
DET at MIN TEN at NYG WAS at STL NYJ at MIA
  CLE at BAL PIT at TB OAK at ARI GB at CHI
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