TV Schedule: Sunday, Sept. 29, 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Weather: Low 45, High 76
Line: Denver (-11)
There’s no way around it, the Denver Broncos have the best offense in the league and the best quarterback in the league. A team that has usually been known for its defense, the Broncos seem to be one of the most well-rounded teams in the NFL and with Peyton Manning behind center, there is no team that Denver can’t beat. In fact, the Broncos sit at 3-0 through the first three weeks and there seems to be no slowing down this scorching-hot team. Manning has passed for 1,143 yards and 12 touchdowns this season — make an early case for league MVP. He has hit his four favorite targets in Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas a combined 72 times for 943 yards and 11 touchdowns. With the best receivers in the league, it’s hard to have an un-impressive stat line.
On the other side of the field, the Philadelphia Eagles were considered the fastest team in the NFL at one point this season. However, two losses later and people are already saying that the Eagles are no longer a contender. Sitting at 1-2 with a fairly scary offense, Chip Kelly and the Eagles have underperformed through three weeks — failing to take advantage of other teams’ mistakes. Aging quarterback Michael Vick is 51-91 for 832 yards and five touchdowns. DeSean Jackson has emerged, in a big way, as Vick’s favorite target, catching a team-high 19 passes for 359 yards and two touchdowns. LeSean McCoy has been the best running back in the league so far with 62 carries for 395 yards and two touchdowns — the Eagles have to be careful not to overwork McCoy.
Defensively, the Broncos have been known for keeping teams out of the endzone, but not this season. In fact, the Broncos rank 17th in the league in points allowed per game and 30th in passing yards allowed per game with just over 300. Vick and Jackson might have a field-day against this secondary. However, the run defense is the best in the league for the Broncos, allowing just 43 yards per game on the ground. The Eagles allow 438 yards per game this season — of of the worst marks in the league. Manning should have yet another electric performance in week four.
PREDICTION: Eagles 21, Broncos 35