Sunday’s game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Denver Broncos should be a shootout. The Eagles’ defense is still a work in progress and the Broncos defense is facing injuries at key positions. Champ Baily and his backup Tony Carter both have ankle issues and the starting safety Duke Ihenacho has not practiced at all this week. This leaves the Eagles’ receivers facing a weakened secondary. DeSean Jackson needs to take advantage of the situation and make an impact.
Jackson will be facing former Eagle Dominic Rodgers-Cromartie. If there is anything we learned about DRC’s time here with the team, it is that he can be beat and he will miss tackles. Look for Michael Vick and Jackson to take advantage of this with designed screens. Jackson needs to catch the ball in space and pick up yards to keep the offense on the field and put up every point possible.
Part of this equation is the performance of the receiver on the other side of the field. Riley Cooper has not done enough to make any kind of an impact. He is a solid blocker but nothing more than a fourth receiver for any team. We know what Cooper brings to the table and this is the week where Kelly should experiment with other available weapons. Let Damaris Johnson get on the field opposite Jackson. That combination could be one of the fastest receiving duos on the field on Sunday. If Brent Celek and Zach Ertz can also step up, they will be a huge help to freeing Jackson for big plays. Kelly could have Celek and Ertz attacking the middle of the field all day.
The offense will need to be firing on all cylinders to get a win on Sunday and Jackson must return to form. Look for at least one long touchdown catch and more than one catch and run for a score. This game will be a fight and Jackson is a key part to an Eagles victory.