Ready for the big game?
Tonight at Century Link Field the Eagles take on our Seahawks. Michael Vick won’t be back for this one, but there could still be fireworks. DeSean Jackson is back in the dog house.
Two Eagles coaches got into it on the sideline last week, the media is spinning the Andy Reid watch to full effect, this is the DREAM team coming to town folks!
I’ve got to think with Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin, Rich Eisen et al in town it’s doubtful that this one will be boring.
Here’s my Five things to watch for in tonight’s NFL Network Thursday Night Football game.
1) Pete Carroll’s defense vs Vince Young
January 4, 2006 was the last time Vince Young faced a Pete Carroll coached team. This game may not be for the National Championship but once again they meet under the lights of a nationally televised game.
The last time these two met it was Carroll was coaching the #1 ranked USC Trojans and Young was the Quarterback of the #2 ranked Texas Longhorns. A 9-yards scramble with 19 seconds left in the fourth left Pete on the short end of the stick.
This time around Vince and his self proclaimed “Dream Team” come to Seattle to face Pete and his rebuilding Seahawks.
Something tells me the team spent a little extra time this short week working on defending against quarterback scrambles.
2) Tarvaris Jackson vs Tarvaris Jackson
At times he reads the field well and goes through his progressions and then he will turn around and stare down a receiver who is double covered and throw the ball to him anyway.
He has the ability to go out on Thursday and throw for over 300 yards or the ability to throw 3 or more interceptions on his way to a passer rating of 50 or worse. He is his own worse enemy.
3) Running Game
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy is questionable for the game with a toe injury. If he plays the Seahawks stingy run defense must find a way to neutralize him and the leagues 2nd ranked running attack.
When the Seahawks have the ball they must be able to run well enough to be effective. Marshawn Lynch does not need to go for over 100 yards but somewhere close and over 20 carries will be necessary for Seattle to win the game.
4) How Ben Obomanu fairs replacing Sidney Rice
Ben is replacing Sidney who is out for the rest of the season due to his second concussion in three games. In Ben’s limited time filling in for Mike Williams this year and in spot duty he has done a great job and had 107 yards against the Bengals.
5) Can the 12th Man impact the Game
The last few seasons the Seattle fans have not been as loud as they had been in previous seasons. Century Link Field is no longer as intimidating of a place for the opposition to play. Can the 12th Man get up for this prime time game?