NFL Week 12 Picks: Injuries Too Much to Overcome for Philadelphia Eagles

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 20:  Vince Young #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles rolls out of the pocket as he looks to pass against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on November 20, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Eagles won 17-10.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Michael MillSenior Analyst IIINovember 27, 2011

It has been a season to forget for the Philadelphia Eagles and fans in the City of Brotherly Love.

The once-dubbed "dream team" is currently sitting at a 4-6 record and one more loss will all but end the season for the team.

It appears now that the loss to end it all will likely come this weekend at the hands of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

On a regular Sunday, I wouldn't count the Eagles out. Although they have underperformed all season, they are still a very talented team.

However, this weekend, the injuries will be too much to overcome in Philadelphia.

Quarterback Michael Vick is out. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin won't play either. Cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will likely be on the sidelines as well.

There is no way that the Eagles will be able to overcome the losses on both sides of the ball against one of the most talented teams in the AFC.

The New England defense has struggled in pass defense this year, but Vince Young isn't going to be able to move the ball the same way Vick would.

It will be especially difficult with Maclin out. You can count on Bill Belichick scheming the defense to stop LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson.

The real worry for Eagles fans will be on the defensive side of the ball.

The defense for the Eagles has already been a disappointment this season.

Now, with both Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie out, things could get really ugly against a high-octane Patriot offense.

Who is going to cover Rob Gronkowski, who has 805 yards and 10 touchdowns this year from the tight end position?

How often will Wes Welker, who leads the NFL with 1,028 receiving yards, get matched up on Joselio Hanson or Brandon Hughes?

It could get ugly quickly in Philadelphia.

The Patriots are going to put that final nail in the coffin in what has been a horrendous season for a Philadelphia team that came in with such high expectations.

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