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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Congratulations on the starting gig Nick Boyle
Jersey , Brock Osweiler. Now go beat the best team in football.
Osweiler will be under center for the first time since January with Houston
when the Denver Broncos (3-4) visit the Philadelphia Eagles (7-1) on Sunday. He
has a tough task in a game that Broncos must win to prevent from falling further
behind in the standings.
”This week is not about me,” Osweiler said. ”This week is solely about our
team finding a way to get a win on the road in a hostile environment against a
great opponent. We know we have a huge challenge.”
The Eagles have won six straight games and six in a row at home, going back
to last season. Their average margin of victory in the past three games at the
Linc has been 20 points.
”Starting with the best is a good way to make a statement about us getting
back on track,” linebacker Shaquil Barrett said.
Osweiler was 5-2 as a starter filling in for Peyton Manning in 2015. He
returned to the bench as Manning and the defense led the Broncos to a Super Bowl
Osweiler signed a big contract with the Texans after that season and went 9-7
in 2016, including 1-1 in the playoffs. He was traded to Cleveland Terrance
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”He has experience on the big stage,” Broncos coach Vance Joseph said. ”I’m
hoping that move can simply stabilize the offense so that we can get into a fair
game so we can win some football games, or to simply see where we’re at as a
There are no quarterback issues in Philadelphia.
Carson Wentz is having an MVP-caliber season and is a major reason why a team
that wasn’t supposed to be ready to contend has become a front-runner to win the
”He’s a great quarterback,” said Broncos safety Will Parks, who grew up in
Philly. ”His maturity level is at an all-time high. He’s not turning the ball
over a lot. He’s doing a good job as far as reading his targets and throwing
them. It’s going to be a pretty good challenge for us Mike
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Here’s some things to watch for Sunday:
PROTECTING WENTZ: The Eagles had a tough time against San Francisco’s
aggressive, blitzing defense. Wentz was sacked three times and took several more
hits. They somehow have to find a way to keep Von Miller off Wentz. Miller
normally rushes from the left side so he would go against right tackle Lane
Johnson. But with Halapoulivaati Vaitai filling in for nine-time Pro Bowl left
tackle Jason Peters, Miller could line up in different spots.
”I would expect him to move around,” Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich
said. ”He’s moved over enough times that every team has to prepare for it for
PROTECTING THE BALL: Turnovers are a big reason why the Broncos have lost
three straight games. They have 10 giveaways during the stretch and are minus-11
overall. Teams that have at least three turnovers in a game are 3-40 this
”Winning starts with protecting the football,” Osweiler said. ”When you win
the turnover margin and when you don’t turn the ball over at all Eric Weddle
Jersey , your chances of winning skyrocket.”
STINGY DEFENSE: The Broncos have the league’s top-ranked defense, so it’ll be
a big test for Wentz and the rest of Philadelphia’s high-powered offense. Miller
has seven sacks and Aqib Talib and Chris Harris form perhaps the best cornerback
tandem in the NFL.
MR. VERSATILE: Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins is all over the place in the
secondary. He plays safety in base defense, nickel cornerback in some packages,
linebacker in others.
”He’s a do-it-all player,” defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said. ”He’s
good in the box. He’s good in the deep part of the field. He’s a very valuable
guy to have and he gives you a lot of flexibility to be able to handle things
that come up within a season Matt Judon
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A NEW WEAPON: Running back Jay Ajayi joined the Eagles this week in a trade
from Miami and upgrades the fifth-ranked rushing offense.
It’s uncertain how much work he’ll get against the Broncos because he still
has to get acclimated to a new offense. LeGarrette Blount is having a fine
season for Philadelphia so Ajayi doesn’t have to be a workhorse.
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