Eagles @ Bengals
Matchup: The (5-6) Philadelphia Eagles head to the (3-7-1) Cincinnati Bengals for a 1PM matchup. Both teams have losing records, however the Eagles seem to be headed in a totally opposite direction than the surprisingly underwhelming Bengals team. The Eagles currently sit in the basement in the NFC East, but it is undoubtedly the most competitive division in the NFC. Philadelphia is coming off of a 27-13 loss to Green Bay while the Bengals have not won a game since Oct 23 against a winless Cleveland team.
By the Numbers: –Bengals QB Andy Dalton has 12 passing TD’s on the season, at this time last season Andy had thrown 23 TD’s. Much due to the departures of WR’s Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu.
-Jeremy Hill is averaging 4.4 YPC on the season, very respectable. However, when you look deeper you’ll realize he earned 168 yards on 9 carries in 1 game against a pathetic Cleveland defense. Minus the Cleveland game, Jeremy is averaging 3.4 YPC, losing a whole yard.
-Cincinnati’s defense has given up on average 18.6 PPG in their last 3, giving the offense an opportunity to win all 3.
-Eagles QB Carson Wentz has an 11/8 TD-INT ratio while posting the 17th best Completion% in the league. Number 18 in the league? Andy Dalton.
-Eagles RB Ryan Mathews is 29th in the league in rushing, though he missed some time he is averaging 4.2 YPC .
-The Eagles defense gives up the 8th fewest YPG, and give up a respectable 19.4 PPG.
Key Players: QB Andy Dalton, TE Tyler Eifert, LB Vontaze Burfict.
Simply put, Dalton has limited resources. Boyd is filling out into his new role and Eifert is the only established weapon on this team right now. Eifert went MIA during the first half in last week game in Baltimore, eventually salvaging his day with 5 catches for 68 yards and a score. If Cincinnati plans to put points on the board, the gameplan has to be directed around this guy. And for the defense to give the offense an opportunity to win this game, it will always be circled around Vontaze. Like him or not, he is the best defensive player on this team right now. Only acceptable argument would be Carlos Dunlap who week in/out shows up to play. Whether its stuffing the middle or dropping back into coverage, the Bengals need this guy in many ways to secure their first victory in 41 days.
QB Carson Wentz, DE Brandon Graham, WR Jordan Matthews
Your Quarterback is always a player to watch. He will have the ball in his hand every play. The Bengals run defense has been very poor all season and this should be able to open up more passing opportunities for Wentz and Matthews. This is also a team lacking weapons so Matthews should see a good amount of looks as the game goes on. Brandon Graham is the sack leader for the Eagles going into this game, playing a very weak Bengals offensive lines. Expect him to get into the “Sack” category one or two times.
My heart.. 20-16 Bengals
My Brain.. 24-13 Eagles
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