Philadelphia Eagles-Tennessee Titans: Position-By-Position Matchup Breakdown

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Philadelphia Eagles-Tennessee Titans: Position-By-Position Matchup Breakdown
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Can Kevin Kolb lead the Eagles to their 4th road win of the season?

I have decided to do a complete position by position breakdown of the Eagles-Titans game this Sunday. I am an Eagles fan but I will try to make this as unbiased as possible, which I believe I can do because I'm a huge football fan first and foremost.

 

Quarterback

The Eagles will turn to Kevin Kolb, who has looked great in the last two games but is still largely unproven. It sounds like the Titans will go to the inconsistent Kerry Collins. Still, neither guy is a proven commodity, which is hard to give an edge to.   

Verdict: Call it even.

 

Running Backs

LeSean McCoy is enjoying a breakout season for the Eagles and Owen Schmitt has been a pleasant surprise after the loss of Leonard Weaver. Jerome Harrison's acquisition gives the Eagles depth, but this match up is about the Titans. Chris Johnson is one of the most talented backs in the league and Javon Ringer is solid as well.  

Verdict: Advantage Titans.

 

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

The Titans have Nate Washington, Kenny Britt and Justin Gage, plus a questionable Bo Scaife at tight end. The Eagles may be without DeSean Jackson, however, they still have Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek, which is enough to give them the advantage in this one. 

Verdict: Advantage Eagles.

 

Offensive Line

The Eagles will be without former All Pro Jason Peters, but Peters has struggled in Eagles green. The Eagles OL had their best game of the season last year with King Dunlap playing LT instead of Peters. The Titans tackle tandem of David Stewart and Michael Roos are probably two of the best lineman you never heard of, and make a solid pair. 

Verdict: Advantage Titans.

 

Defensive Line

The Eagles have the best player on either team in Trent Cole, but there is a significant drop-off after that. Mike Patterson has been a disappointment and the loss of Broderick Bunkley hurts a bit, although Laws and Dixon played well last week. For the Titans, Jason Babin and Dave Ball have combined for 11 sacks this season already, and the Titans defensive lineman have combined for 17.5 sacks on the season. 

Verdict: Advantage Titans.

 

Linebackers

Former Eagle Will Witherspoon is playing well in Tennessee and Stephen Tulloch has posted 59 tackles already this season. The Eagles LBs have been largely suspect this season. 

Verdict: Advantage Titans.

 

Defensive Backs

The Titans secondary is probably the weakest of this defense, although Alterraun Verner has posted INTs in back to back games. For the Eagles, All Pro Asante Samuel leads a group that played very well against Atlanta last week. 

Verdict: Advantage Eagles.

 

Coaching

Jeff Fisher is one of the best in the business in Tennessee, but Andy Reid has been to five NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl in the last 10 years. While I personally think Fisher is one of the best in the business, these two both have great track records. 

Verdict: EVEN

 

Special Teams

Despite his struggles last week, there are few in the business that have been as good and as consistent as Eagles placekicker David Akers. Bironas has been excellent this season for the Titans. I think the Eagles have a better punter and return game, although kick coverage has been an issue at times for Philadelphia. 

Verdict: Advantage Eagles.

 

Intangibles

The Eagles have trouble stopping the run and are 3-0 on the road, but you have to think that trend will likely not continue. This game will come down to whether or not the Eagles can make Collins or Young beat them with their arms. If Chris Johnson has a big day, then the Eagles will struggle to win this game. Offensively, protecting Kevin Kolb is the key for Philadelphia. Still, the home crowd has to be an advantage for the Titans. 

Verdict: Advantage Titans.

 

Overall, while I am an Eagles fan, I have to be honest, I think this is a tough spot for the Eagles.

Final prediction: Titans 24, Eagles 17.

 

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