Saturday, November 17, 2007

Eagles-Dolphins: Week 11 Matchup

Here's a rundown of Miami's week eleven matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles:

Where: Lincoln Financial Field
When: Sunday, 1:00 PM ET

  • Philadelphia: Questionable - RB Brian Westbrook; Probable - WR Jason Avant, WR Kevin Curtis, C Jon Dorenbos, CB William James, DT Mike Patterson
  • Miami: Out - DE Matt Roth, LB Zach Thomas; Probable - DE Jason Taylor, NT Keith Traylor
Positional Breakdown:


Running backs


Offensive line

Defensive line



Special teams

Overall Advantage

Keys to the Game:
  1. Establish a running game to keep the pressure off John Beck. Jesse Chatman will have to continue his stretch of tough running, in order to eat up clock and prevent the game from devolving into a high-scoring game where Beck would be forced to pass on a majority of downs.
  2. Maintain awareness of blitzes. Everyone knows Philly loves to blitz, but they are still damn good at doing it. Miami's O-line has been very good at protecting the QB so far, but this will be a different kind of test. Miami should keep a tight end back to chip block or a running back in the backfield to pick up a free blitzer. Either way, Beck must keep his wits around him and maintain ball security.
  3. Open up the play book. When Beck does pass, let him air it out early to open up some running lanes and possibly jump out to an early lead.
Key Players:
  • Philadelphia: Trent Cole - a tremendous pass rusher, Cole will have the responsibility of both pressuring Beck and containing Chatman on the ground.
  • Miami: Jesse Chatman - Chatman needs to be Beck's best friend on Sunday, gaining significant yardage on first and second downs so that the rookie QB doesn't have to face many third-and-longs, especially in critical situations.
Philly wins 23-15.

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