Eagles with 10 or more pass receptions. Second only to the Saints, who have eight players with 10 or more catches, the Birds have done a nice job so far of spreading the ball around. Of course, wideout DeSean Jackson won't add to his numbers on Sunday since he is out with a concussion. But that opens the door for Jeremy Maclin to take full command of the receiving game. And when will tight end Brent Celek have his breakout game?
Average points per game for the Titans, second in the NFL behind only the Colts. The Eagles could have their hands full with the Tennessee offense. Of course, all things offensive in Nashville begin with running back Chris Johnson. He already has seven touchdowns this season, tops among the NFL rushing leaders, and the Titans are 4-0 when he scores at least one TD. Wide receiver Kenny Britt is second with four touchdowns, all through the air, and quarterback Vince Young has tossed seven touchdowns. So the Eagles can't be content with just shutting down Johnson.
Weeks in a row that Titans middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch has led the team in tackles. The fifth-year player is in his second season as the starter, and the Eagles better keep an eye on this 5-foot-11, 240-pounder. Tied for fourth in the NFL with 59 combined tackles, he had eight stops and recovered a fumble Monday against the Jaguars, had a career-high 15 tackles and a pick Oct. 10 at Dallas, and racked up 12 tackles Oct. 3 against Denver. He may not be tall, but Tulloch sure has stood tall so far.
Fumbles lost by the Titans, tied for third worst in the NFL. And, they have coughed up the ball 13 times, tied for fourth worst. That means that, despite their relentless rushing game, the Titans are prone to mistakes. Johnson has fumbled three times and lost two. Young has fumbled four times and lost two, and punt and kickoff returner Marc Mariani has fumbled twice and lost both. The issue will be whether the Eagles can transform any turnovers into points.
- Gary Miles