In the midst of the news about the Philadelphia Phillies the 4-9 Philadelphia Eagles will host the Cincinnati Bengals at Lincoln Financial Field tonight in what will sure to be a barn burner (probably not.) The Bengals are in the playoff hunt in the AFC while the Eagles can just play spoiler. Here are the HighPhive.net’s staff predictions for tonight’s game:
The Eagles play the Bengals Thursday night and will have another shot at national attention. Nick Foles, Bryce Brown, and the other rookies get a chance to show the world (and perhaps other teams) what they can do. It is a big step for Foles, as he is going against the number one defensive line in the NFL in terms of sacks. Nick Foles will continue to improve, although he will get banged around if he throws 45 times again. 27-39 321 yds 2 TD 1 INT. Brown gets back to business AND holds onto the ball. 17 carries 91 yds 1 receiving TD. Riley Cooper makes his presence felt as a big red zone threat, especially with Brent Celek out. 6 catches 82 yds 1 TD. I see the Bengals winning, but not by much. 27-23 with a dagger late in the game from A.J. Green.
Josh’s Prediction: Bengals 27, Eagles 23
Eagles defense have a spirited effort on Sunday in the first half, but eventually the succumbed to their true selves. Fortunately for them Nick Foles bailed them out. Don’t see that happening this week. The rookie isn’t going against the league’s worst pass defense and will have an interception or two. Brown had over 100 yds but the passing attack sputters.
Brandon’s Prediction: Bengals 23, Eagles 13
Daniel Te’o-Nesheim got substantial pressure on Nick Foles through the offensive line Sunday. The team was able to overcome that for a comeback victory, but in all fairness, the fact that the Eagles castoff was able to penetrate so much is an indictment of how far away they are from being a unit that can stop a good pass rush. With blitzing linebackers like the unhinged Vontaze Burfict and the All-Pro Carlos Dunlap, the Bengals could make it a long night on the offensive side of the ball. On the defensive side of the ball, the Bengals have too many weapons at wide receiver. While the pass rush improved with the exile of Jim Washburn, I don’t trust these corners to be able to shut down AJ Green and company.
Thomas’s Prediction: Bengals 24, Eagles 17
With the Eagles coming off a thrilling, literally last-second victory in Tampa Bay and the Bengals turning in a very disappointing second half performance against Dallas, it almost seems written in the stars that Cincinnati will show up for tonight’s match-up against the Birds. But aside from what seems like the Eagles 2012 destiny, the Bengals are just a better team than the Eagles (I know, that’s not saying very much). Although, it’d almost be perfect for the Eagles to win out and place doubt in the mind of Jeffrey Lurie about whether he should terminate Andy Reid or not. Still, I made a promise to myself a few weeks ago that I wouldn’t pick the Eagles to win a game again this season, and I plan on sticking to it.
Ryan Dinger’s Prediction: Bengals 28, Eagles 16
Nick Foles will get a true test of his expertise and durability tonight as the Birds face a hungry Bengals team with a ferocious pass rush and a defense leading the league in sacks with 42. Foles has shown good mobility even after being sacked 6 times. His composure and resilience allowed him to stay focused enough to lead them on their game winning TD drive to end the game. In the end, however I believe that the short rest, still developing defense and the usual stubbornness of Andy to utilize the effective running of Bryce Brown will doom them in the end. Albeit a close game, I see the Bengals coming out on top 28-21.
Joe Corrado’s Prediction: Bengals 28, Eagles 21
I honestly can’t see a way the Eagles don’t lose this game. The pass rush by the Bengals is one of the better one’s in the league and even if Bryce Brown is able to go off for over 100 I don’t think that’ll be enough to overcome the Bengals offense. BenJarvus Green-Ellis should be able to run for over 100 and A.J. Green should have fun with Nnamdi Asomugha in the secondary. Eagles will score some garbage points at the end to cover the spread but the Bengals win in kind of a close game.
Derek Sabato’s Prediction: Bengals 28, Eagles 24Tags: A.J. Green, Andy Reid, Brent Celek, Bryce Brown, Cincinnati Bengals, Jeffrey Lurie, NFL, Nick Foles, Nnamdi Asomugha, Philadelphia Eagles, Riley Cooper