The Eagles are favored by 8 points heading into their Week 9 matchup against the Denver Broncos.
Despite the fact their offense has been horrible recently, his might not be an easy game. The 3-4 Broncos are going to be desperate to keep their season alive. Denver’s defense is still very tough.
If you’re feeling worried about this game, today’s post might have you feeling a little better about the Eagles’ chances.
Bleeding Green Nation already took some time to chat with Mile High Report in order to preview this week’s matchup.
Today, we're back with three reasons why each team might lose. This format forces us to consider each team's weaknesses, rather than just think of why each team is awesome.
So here are three reasons why the Broncos could lose, as written by MHR’s sadaraine. Stay tuned to Mile High Report to see why I think the Eagles could lose.
The Broncos team is in a completely different reality than what the Philadelphia Eagles are at 7-1. This makes an article like this one pretty darn easy to write as I could probably give you 5 reasons without breaking a sweat. But let's keep it simple and focus on the biggest 3 reasons the Broncos will lose this game.
1) The Eagles defensive strength shuts down the Broncos offensive strength
This year the Broncos have made some really strong steps in improving their offensive game on the ground. We've got 3 backs in C.J. Anderson, Jamaal Charles, and Devontae Booker who are all contributing solidly in their roles and helping the Broncos team to be a top-10 rushing attack in ypg.
But the Eagles have the best run defense in the NFL and I don't see the raw talent of anything on Denver's team as being able to overcome this strength. It is likely going to force Denver's offense to pass more which is going to be a hairy endeavor when the guy starting has had only one week of prep with the 1s to get ready to play.
2) The combo of Carson Wentz and Zach Ertz is going to leave a burning crater in the middle of Denver's defense
I talked about this a bit in our Q & A. The No Fly Zone has a very exploitable weakness at the pass coverage of their LBs and Safeties when matched up on TEs.
Couple that with Carson Wentz being very comfortable with using his tight ends in the passing game and I foresee these guys having career days against this defense as a very plausible possibility. Just looking back at the Eagles stats this season to see who gets the most targets makes me sick to my stomach. Ertz is a big time weapon that your offense knows how to utilize.
At the very least he's going to get multiple first downs by just getting one step on Davis or Marshall and catching an easy pass in the seam. It is a vision Broncos Country has seen from almost every team we've faced this season multiple times a game when our opponents have even a half way decent tight end.
3) The Broncos offensive skill players have taken a step back
I hate to say it, but many of our guys have lost track of how to do simple things like catch a football. The Broncos desperately need Emanuel Sanders on the field and healthy as we've had the likes of Jordan Taylor and Bennie Folwer having passes hit them in the hands or chest and fall uselessly to the ground like many of the hopes and dreams of our fan base in the past 4 games.
Denver also has a slew of JAGs at TE who flash here and there, but for every good play they make, there are least a couple of drops or missed assignments. Add to that the reality that Denver has no home-run hitting back on its roster, and there's just not a lot of firepower on this team that can keep up with the Eagles or threaten their defense in the passing game.