Sunday, November 8, 2009
Beast Predictions: Eagles by a field goal
By Dan Graziano
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Before I make my weekly predictions, let's take a look at what the ESPN selection panel came up with for today's NFC East games. Of the eight esteemed panelists, only two picked the Cowboys to win at the Linc tonight. That would be Merril Hoge and Adam Schefter.
The panel has lost a lot of respect for the Giants during this three-game losing streak. Four guys picked the Chargers to walk into Giants Stadium and hand New York its fourth consecutive loss. Eric Allen, Mike Golic, Mark Schlereth and Seth Wickersham all picked the Chargers.
As you probably expected, all eight panelists picked the Falcons over the Redskins. It would be nice for someone other than Dan Snyder to go out on a limb and pick the Redskins, but it would also be foolish at this point in the season. I do have a feeling that the Redskins will keep this one close in the first half. OK, here are the Beast predictions:
Eagles 24, Cowboys 21: The game will live up to all the hype and David Akers will nail the game-winner late in the fourth quarter. I like how Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is playing right now, but he doesn't have a good history against the Eagles. Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott doesn't think Romo responds well to contact and that's why you'll see a lot more blitzes than he called against the Giants last Sunday.
Giants 31, Chargers 20: They desperately need a win -- and I think this is a bad spot for the Chargers. The Giants could get a couple of players back on defense, which will make them a lot more versatile. Philip Rivers is going to get hit a lot in this game. I also think Eli Manning will play well against a Chargers defense that doesn't like to blitz a lot. It's imperative that the Giants get off to a fast start in this game. I think that's exactly what will happen for them.
Falcons 27, Redskins 10: The Falcons have lost two straight games for the first time during the Mike Smith era. I don't think the Redskins are poised to make it three in a row. New play-caller Sherman Lewis has had more time to familiarize himself with the personnel, but with tight end Chris Cooley out of the lineup, there aren't many weapons. I think the Falcons will overwhelm the Redskins' inexperienced offensive line.
OK, have a wonderful Sunday. I'll be in Philly for Cowboys-Eagles.