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Friday, September 18, 2009
Eagles-Saints: Inside the game

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley


We interrupt Cowboys-Giants week to discuss what should be another compelling matchup. It seems like most of the national media is picking the Saints to walk into Lincoln Financial Field and have their way with the Eagles. I don't see it. I think the Eagles are capable of forcing some turnovers from Drew Brees -- especially if they shut down the running game early.

Paul Domowitch of the Daily News has issued his weekly scouting report, which is always helpful to the blogging community. Did you realize that Eagles tight end Brent Celek has 25 receptions in his last four games and five touchdowns in his last five games? Celek's has quietly become a major threat in this offense. I think it really benefits him to have so much exposure to players such as Jason Witten and Chris Cooley in the Beast. He's watched film of both players -- and he picked up on the way Witten sets up safeties and linebackers at the top of his routes. I think Kevin Kolb needs to lean on Celek on Sunday.

Isn't it amazing to see Domowitch saying the two offensive lines are even? Coming into training camp, you would have given the Eagles a big edge in that category. The Saints are playing without left tackle Jammal Brown, who is out for six to eight weeks with a hip injury. His replacement, Jermon Bushrod, doesn't have much experience. And that's why Trent Cole could have another big game this week.

In his key matchups, Domowitch thought Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson and Saints cornerback Jabari Greer were even. I happen to think that Jackson will have the upper hand in this matchup. In fact, I think he'll bounce back from a quiet day last Sunday (at wide receiver) and put up eight catches for 100 yards. Remember where you heard it first.