Streak: Lost 2
All-time vs. Denver: 7-4-0
Last time: Broncos 27 at Eagles 30 (12/27/09)
The Line: Broncos by 13
The NFL's fastest and most dangerous offenses meet in Week 4 as the 3-0 Denver Broncos host the 1-2 Philadelphia Eagles at Sports Authority Field at Mile High this Sunday. The Broncos, who are coming off a 37-21 win over the Oakland Raiders in Week 3, are the NFL's top-ranked offense, while the Eagles boast the NFL's second best offense in terms of net offensive yards. The Eagles are coming off back-to-back losses against AFC West teams in a five-day span, but they will have had 10 days to prepare for Peyton Manning and company in Week 4. Kickoff is set for Sunday, September 29 at 2:25 p.m. MDT.
RB LeSean McCoy. McCoy played tough in Week 3, hurting his ankle in the first half but coming back in the second to remain the Eagles' most productive player. He rushed 20 times for 159 yards, a whopping 7.9 yard average despite being hindered by his early injury. McCoy has already practiced this week and should play against Denver.
WR DeSean Jackson. Entering last week, DeSean Jackson was already boasting 297 yards over two games. In Week 3, he was held without a catch for most of the game, finishing with a measly three catches for 62 yards. Jackson's ability to connect with Michael Vick on big plays is one of the most important components of the Eagles' offense; if the Broncos can limit Jackson the way the Chiefs did, similar results should come to play.
Matchup to Watch
Eagles OT Lane Johnson vs. Derek Wolfe and Malik Jackson. Lane Johnson was abused in Week 3 - the rookie right tackle regularly faced Chiefs OLB Justin Houston and lost that battle time and time again (Houston had 4.5 sacks and a slew of other big plays just in that game). The Broncos must look to exploit that same weakness in Week 4, because that lack of protection caused Michael Vick problems all night long against the Chiefs. But Denver's left end pass rushers Wolfe and Jackson have not been as productive as the Chiefs' Houston - they only have 0.5 sacks between them. The Chiefs gave the Broncos the blueprint to beat Philadelphia, but do the Broncos have the players who can follow it?