Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles will spend the week preparing for their biggest challenge to date: a matchup with Peyton Manning and the unbeaten Denver Broncos. If they plan on putting themselves in any position to even their record, they should spend their time preparing for a shootout.
In pairing the two teams with the highest total offense in the league, it would be safe to say that Sunday afternoon has a great chance at being a high-scoring affair.
Kelly has never shied away from such an encounter, but oftentimes has been the aggressor. Manning has already begun the year on a torrid pace after many questioned his age and arm strength entering the season. Matching up these two offensive masterminds should make for interesting drama, being that the Eagles can create the fireworks they are capable of and avoid turnovers in the process.
This matchup lends itself even more to shootout mode in that neither defense has really performed well to this point. The Eagles rank in the bottom three in overall defense and have given up no fewer than 26 points in any of their games. The Broncos’ defense ranks a bit higher than Philadelphia’s, but has been mediocre with the absence of both Vonn Miller and Champ Bailey at the beginning of the season.
Philadelphia’s high tempo may affect the Broncos’ defense as it has with others to this point, and their lacking depth could benefit the Eagles over time.
The offenses should be able to do as they please for much of the afternoon, begging the question as to just how many points will be on the board at the end of the day. For the Eagles’ sake, the preparation should be that it doesn’t matter as long as their number comes up higher.