Who has the best front seven?

January, 6, 2009
1/06/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Gregg Easterbrook of TMQ fame had some interesting observations on why the Eagles' blitz had so much success against Tarvaris Jackson and the Vikings. He thinks the Eagles' use of the safety blitz is a sign that Philadelphia didn't have much respect for Jackson. I tend to agree. He also thinks the Eagles' front seven is even with the Giants' front seven. I wouldn't have agreed with that five or six weeks ago, but you can at least make the argument now.

"As for Philadelphia, its front seven -- Juqua Parker, Mike Patterson, Brodrick Bunkley, Trent Cole, Akeem Jordan, Stewart Bradley and Chris Gocong -- are playing as well as the Giants' front seven was when the G-Persons rolled to the Super Bowl last season," writes Easterbrook. "Plus the Eagles' defensive schemes have become less predictable lately, as Philadelphia now shows blitz and then backs off more than it did in the past. If we can't have a Manning-Manning Super Bowl, at least a Pennsylvania Turnpike matchup of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh remains possible."

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