Originally written on Fightin For Philly  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Week 4 is here. The ¼ of the season will be played after this week. So far, the best team in the NFL is the Denver Broncos. At 3-0, they hold the NFL’s top offense and passing attack. Peyton Manning has been on a tear since the season began. In 3 games, he’s thrown 12 touchdown passes, breaking the previous record held by Tom Brady. With Wes Welker added to the multi talented receiving corps, this offense can be at times unstoppable. In addition, the Broncos’ defense is a top 10 defense without its top pass rusher, Von Miller. At the ¼ season mark, the Eagles are less than perfect. The high flying offense we saw Week 1 vs. Washington at times has been grounded. The defense has shown flashes of brilliance at times. Last week, the offense – mainly Michael Vick – committed 5 turnovers. Can the offense bring a better performance? Can the defense have a repeat performance or better? Let find out together as we take a look at this week’s game!   Here are 5 Things to Look for vs. the Broncos:   Peyton Manning The QB from Tennessee is hotter than a bottle rocket in July. With a QB rating of 134.7, over 1140 yards passing, averaging 381 per game, 12 touchdowns, and no interceptions, he’s staking his claim to the league MVP, and maybe Brady’s TD record. The Eagles enter Sunday’s game with the 4th worst passing defense in the league. If Peyton brings his A-Game, it could be a long night for the Eagles corners and safeties.   Broncos Tackle Chris Clark vs. Eagles Pass Rush The Broncos lost Pro Bowl Tackle Ryan Clady for the rest of the season. His replacement is Chris Clark. In his first start, he allowed two sacks vs. the Raiders. Last week, the Eagles’ pass rush came alive with 5 sacks of Alex Smith. If the Eagles have any chance of winning, they have got to get to Peyton, and Chris Clark could be the key to getting to him.   Wes Welker vs. Eagles Secondary The Eagles’ secondary has had problems with 2nd and Slot receivers in the last two games. Eddie Royal had 90 yards and 3 touchdowns in Week 2 while Donnie Avery had 7 catches and 141 yards. Royal and Avery did their damage on 3rd downs. Wes Welker could have a field day. If Welker isn’t scary enough, the Eagles’ secondary could be without Patrick Chung. He’s doubtful with a shoulder injury.   LeSean McCoy vs. Denver Defense LeSean McCoy is the league’s leading rusher. The Birds are the league’s # 1 rushing offense with 209 yards a game. Shady and the rush O have a real test in front of them. The Denver Broncos’ defense is the # 1 rush defense in the league. They allow 43 yards per game with 2.3 yards per carry. They held Oakland, the # 3 rush offense, to 49 yards. This offense works with balanced play calling and a strong run game. If the Eagles can’t get the ground game going… well, we can turn to AMC for the Breaking Bad marathon.   Eagles Wide Receivers vs. Denver Secondary  The one hope for an Eagles victory is the Denver Secondary. They have the 3rd worst pass defense in the league. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (former Eagle and free agent bust) and Rahim Moore lead the secondary. The future Hall of Famer from Georgia, Champ Bailey, is questionable and could be a game time decision. So far, when the Eagles get hot, they get hot! DeSean Jackson averages 7 catches, over 100 yards, and 1 touchdown. Jason Avant and Riley Cooper have a touchdown each. The only concern of the Eagles receiving corps is that they need another guy to stretch the field.   Prediction Well, unless Vick throws for 500 yards, I don’t see the Eagles winning this one. Broncos win 42-29.  

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