OwenTheBlonde wrote: I'm chiming in with the belief this will be a blowout. The Pats will have two weeks to prepare and that's two weeks more than Bellicheck and Co. need. Speed at LB will keep McNabb from running much. Westbrook was contained by Atlanta for the most part so New England should be able to repeat the feat. I also agree that Chad Lewis is a BIG loss. McNabb needs as many receiving threats on the field as he can get and that's one of his best who probably won't play. TO? My hunch is he'll play but probably not much more than a decoy and Bellicheck won't fall for that. Bottom line for me is that Philly will need a big turnover early and score quickly or Sir Paul McCartney will be the closing act. BTW, I'm rooting for Philly. But that's probably because I'm a masochist.
There is so much wrong with this post it's incredible. I'm not trying to talk smack here, but I disagree with about every assessment you've made here.
OwenTheBlonde wrote:Speed at LB will keep McNabb from running much.
McNabb is a disciplined QB, he stays in the pocket when there's no pass rush and he rolls out when the pressure is there. Speedy linebackers will force McNabb to run MORE often than not. Chances are McNabb will get away too.. probably the toughest QB in the league to bring down behind the line of scrimmage. Just because McNabb has the ability to run the ball doesn't mean that he is going to forget his WRs and tuck the ball away whenever there is pressure (ala Michael Vick).
OwenTheBlonde wrote: Westbrook was contained by Atlanta for the most part so New England should be able to repeat the feat.
Westbrook absolutely destroyed the Atlanta defense. How can you consider him being "contained" after he averaged 6 yards per carry?!? The Falcon's shut him down for about 3 or 4 plays out of 20, and on the other 15 it was the Brian Westbrook show out there.
I agree that the Patriot's should be a little more successful at stopping Westbrook in 2 weeks because they are a better overall defense, but you can't entirely shut him down. No linebacker in the league can cover Westbrook 1v1, and he is utilized heavily in the passing game. Considering New England's run defense is not especially tough this year, mark down Westbrook for 100+ combined yardage, virtually guaranteed...
OwenTheBlonde wrote:I also agree that Chad Lewis is a BIG loss. McNabb needs as many receiving threats on the field as he can get and that's one of his best who probably won't play.
Chad Lewis is a big loss, but not for the reasons you think. LJ Smith is actually a better pass catcher than Lewis. The Eagle's are not missing anything in that department when LJ is on the field and Chad is on the bench. If anything, Lewis' injury hurts the Eagle's because of their lack of depth. Lewis was the #1 TE because of his blocking ability and experience. Without him you can scratch out most of the 2 TE formations that the Eagle's run. And if LJ Smith goes down, look out.....
I also think you see a little more of Dorsey Levens out there as a result of the loss of Chad Lewis. The Eagle's know they need to concentrate on the Patriot's weakness (run defense) and utilize Westbrook and Levens in a 1-2 punch in the run game to keep the Patriot's pass defense somewhat honest. Westbrook is the x-factor on the Eagle's offense and you need to limit him to under 25 touches for full effectiveness, especially if you're missing an important blocker like 6'6" Chad Lewis up front. Throw Levens in there for 10 or 15 plays and use him like a battering ram to wear down the defense and take some hits and then Westbrook can work his magic.