The Eagles are set to face a rare opponent this week, as these organizations have only faced each other three times since the turn of the new century. Philadelphia looks to continue to stay undefeated at home and extend their win streak to SEVEN games before heading into the bye while the Broncos try to stop the bleeding of their three-game skid. With a lot on the line for both teams, here is the crew’s predictions for the game.
Tyler Edgerton (7-1)
The Eagles are heavy favorites this week as they go up against a Denver team that has surprisingly fared well when traveling east, as they are 11-3 in their last 14 “early starts”. The biggest advantage the Eagles will have this week is the emergence of Zach Ertz as a top-tier tight end. When Denver has faced top 7 fantasy tight ends (4 times), they have given up an average of 7 receptions, 88 yards, and 1 TD per game. Expect the Eagles to revert back to the quick passing game if the run is stuffed.
The Eagles must start quicker than they have the last two weeks. Their Defense will shut down the Broncos, but the offense must attack the middle of the field to win this game. Keep an eye on Jason Kelce this week as he may get manhandled by the Broncos’ defensive tackles. Eagles score late to stretch the lead, but it will be a close one through the 4th quarter.
Final Prediction: Eagles 23, Broncos 16
Joe Fabiani (7-1)
The Eagles come into today’s game having won their last 6 games. The Broncos, on the other hand, have lost their last 3 straight. The Eagles are a heavy favorite at home. However, they cannot overlook this Denver defense. The Denver defense is only allowing a combined 261 total yards of offense to opposing teams. The Eagles offensive line will have a very tough task going up against former Super Bowl MVP, Von Miller. Not to mention Shane Ray on the other side is an extremely talented pass rusher as well having racked up 8 sacks last season.
Carson Wentz and the Eagles offense will have to look to exploit the Denver defense using their multi-talented tight ends. Denver has struggled in recent weeks to contain opposing tight ends. This is one of those games that will come down to the turnover battle. If the Eagles are able to play a clean game and stay conservative down the stretch they should be able to keep rolling into the bye week.
Final Prediction: Eagles 21, Broncos 17
John Purificato (7-1)
The Eagles come off a solid win against a bad 49ers team. This week they are home against the #1 defense in the NFL. The Broncos have Pro-Bowl type talent all over their defense, from Von Miller to Chris Harris Jr. and Aquib Talib. Denver takes away the run and causes a lot of problems in the passing game as well. I think this will be the toughest test the Eagles offense will face all year. On offense, however, the Broncos are a mess.
Emanuel Sanders is still likely to be out, and Brock Osweiler will make his first start of the season as Trevor Siemian takes a seat on the bench. I think the Eagles will struggle early to score on the Denver D, but with ball control on the Eagles side, they will be able to pull it out in the end.
Final Prediction: Eagles 23, Broncos 17
Matthew Scott (6-2)
Jay Ajayi will not be a huge factor this week but will make an impact when on the field. His ability to pass protect will prove to be large against the edge rushers. The Eagles will utilize Blount the same way they have all year, picking spots in the first half and wearing down the defense late. Pederson has proven he will stick to the run and make the adjustments needed. Eagles send pressure towards Oseweiler all day to keep him uncomfortable. Philly tacks on another win headed into the bye.
Final Prediction: Eagles 19, Broncos 17
Tylar Pomroy (6-2)
The best team in football, no matter what any reporter from Fox Sports says, looks to keep that title going against Denver this Sunday. Denver’s quarterback situation should eliminate any thoughts of there being a close game. But then again, injuries are still a cause of concern for the Eagles and it would be nice to have Ronald Darby back this week. It would also be nice to see Eagles newly-acquired running back Jay Ajayi in action, though there’s a chance he may not hit the field. Despite the injury concerns, Zach Ertz will be playing and he’s likely going to have a big game as Denver ranks 30th overall against tight ends. I see this game as only a little more challenging than the 49ers game. The birds remain home this week and they’re going to show the Broncos what a real contender looks like.
Final Prediction: Eagles 30, Broncos 16