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Preview: Eagles seek to throttle Titans

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

by Brandyn Campbell

Brandyn Blog






After the beating the Philadelphia Eagles received from the Green Bay Packers last Sunday, the Titans are the sort of opponent the Birds hoped to see. It’s no secret that 2-8 Tennessee isn’t a very good team. 7-3 Philadelphia should beat them handily. They need to get another win in the books to fully shake off what happened in Green Bay, and then focus all attention on their next task: Beating the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day. 

But there is another game to be played between now and then. Offensively, there is no comparison between the teams. The Eagles average 406.8 yards per game, fourth best in the league, while the Titans put up almost 100 yards less with 309 per game. There’s only one team in the league worse than that, and it’s the Oakland Raiders. Tennessee puts up just 16.8 points per game, as opposed to the Eagles’ 29.9 points.

The Eagles will face Zach Mettenberger, the Titans’ third signal caller this season. The rookie is completing almost 62% of his passes and has 5 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. The most targeted receiver on the squad is Kendall Wright, who has 43 catches for 473 yards. However, tight end Delanie Walker tops Tennessee with 512 receiving yards. The likes of Connor Barwin and Vinny Curry will bring the pass rush, which should be too much for Mettenberger and the Tennessee offense to bear.

In the running game, rookie Bishop Sankey is the go-to man. Though averaging just 3.5 YPC, he’s rushed for least 50 yards on the ground in four of their last five games. Bennie Logan, Fletcher Cox and Cedric Thornton will continue to be strong defenders against the ground attack.

Defensively, the matchup is far more comparable between the teams, much to Philadelphia’s chagrin. Tennessee is ranked 21st in the league overall, allowing 370 yards by opponents, while the Eagles have an even worse 26th defense overall, allowing 378 yards each game.  The Titans are decent against the passing attack, ranked 9th in the league. And that’s not just on paper: Tennessee can and will bring the pressure, so Sanchez must adjust accordingly.

In the ground attack, the only team with a run defense worse than the Titans are the Giants (ha!). Much of the season has been filled with statements like, “the Eagles have got to get LeSean McCoy going. This team isn’t very good against the run, surely he’ll gain traction.” And yet, it rarely happens. Shady said this week that, “ I feel like we’re almost there.” Well,  if you are, then a fine time to debut the fully completed feat would be against the 31st run defense in the league. Currently averaging a meager 3.7 YPC, no one knows better than McCoy that he is long overdue for a breakout performance.

The Eagles should handily come out the victors in this contest, unless, of course, they beat themselves. Which they’ve come close to doing far too many times this season. Philadelphia is currently in sole possession of a title that no one wants – they lead the league in giveaways with 25. The number for the entire 2013 season was 19. The Birds must stop giving away the ball in order to have the best chance to win.

Tennessee comes to Philadelphia facing a home team eager to put the humiliation of a game gone awry out of the minds and memories of the itself and its fans. They want momentum heading into their huge contest with the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, and they want to show that they can fire on all cylinders even with injuries taking their toll. Prediction: Eagles 34, Titans 20

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Brandyn Campbell of Philly Sports Muse, for War Room Sports

NFL Draft: Top 5 Wide Receiver Prospects

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

By Brandon Pemberton

Follow me on Twitter @BrandonOnSports and @SportsTrapRadio

The NFL draft is fast approaching and I will continue to give you my top 5 players by position, ongoing up until the draft.  Also be sure to listen to Sports Trap Radio, Saturdays from 10am-2pm on and .

1. Justin Blackmon 6-1 207lbs Oklahoma St.

Strengths: Great combo of height, weight, and speed.  Excellent hands, rarely drops a pass.  Has great ability to get yards after the catch.  Had elite production in his sophomore and junior seasons, after sitting behind Dez Bryant during his freshman year.  Does a great job going up and catching the ball at it’s highest point.  Is effective catching the ball all over the field.

Weaknesses: If he does have a weakness in his game, it’s his blocking in the run game.  A player of his size and strength should be a better run blocker.

Grade: Top 10 pick

2. Michael Floyd 6-2 5/8 22olbs Notre Dame

Strengths: Strong hands, does a great job catching the ball in traffic,using his big body to shield defenders off.  Is great in jump-ball situations as well.  Does a good job getting yards after the catch.  Arm tackles rarely bring him down.

Weaknesses: Ran a 4.47 – 40 at the combine, but doesn’t play that fast with pads on.  Needs to improve on his route running, isn’t very explosive in and out of his breaks.  Was arrested on three different occasions for driving while intoxicated at Notre Dame, so there are some decision making issues with him.

Grade: Mid first round

3. Kendall Wright 5-10 196 Baylor

Strengths: Nice route runner, elite speed, explosive in and out of his breaks.  Ran a 4.4 – 40 at the combine, but plays much faster than that time in pads, which is what really counts.  Good hands, uses his great vertical leap to go up and get balls players his size usually don’t get.  Has Santonio Holmes type ability after the catch.

Weaknesses: Even though the Spread offense Baylor ran was complex, Wright didn’t run every route used in a pro-style offense.

Grade: Mid to Late 1st round pick

4. Rueben Randle 6-3 210lbs LSU

Strengths:  Has great size for a wide receiver and presents the QB with a big target to throw to.  Has the ability to make plays deep down field with his height, good hands and jumping ability.

Weaknesses: Needs to vastly improve his route running.  He could be a steal in the late first-early second round if he perfects his craft as a receiver.  Sometimes disappears in games if not involved early.

Grade: Early 2nd round

5. Alshon Jeffery 6-3 217lbs South Carolina

Strengths: Very productive player in the best conference in football.  Finished his career as the SEC’s 2nd All-Time leading receiver with 3,042 yards.  Has great hands, long arms, and nice leaping ability, and uses his body well to shade defenders and provide a clean target for the QB.  Put up great numbers, even though he played with a mediocre QB in Stephen Garcia and had his best games against the best opponents, in the biggest games.

Weaknesses: Isn’t very explosive off of the line of scrimmage and needs plenty of improvement when it comes to running routes.  Doesn’t have the top line speed you would want out of a #1 WR.

Grade: Early to mid 2nd round

Next 5: Marvin McNutt 6-3 215lbs Iowa, Ryan Broyles 5-10 192lbs, A.J. Jenkins 6-0 191lbs, Mohamed Sanu 6-1 1/2 215lbs, B.J. Cunningham 6-1 211lbs

Be on the lookout for my top 5 Tight Ends later on this week.

Brandon Pemberton of “Brandon On Sports” & “Sports Trap Radio”, for War Room Sports