The Philadelphia Eagles may have the best rushing game in the league, led by a back in LeSean McCoy that many have compared to a young Barry Sanders.
However, they also have the league’s second leading wide receiver in DeSean Jackson. Jackson has 19 catches for 359 yards and two touchdowns. He’s one of the most explosive players out there, and will certainly be a concern for the Broncos’ secondary as will Jason Avant and Riley Cooper. They’re not the deadly trio that Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, and Eric Decker are, but they have combined for four touchdowns and 11 receptions going for over 20 yards.
“Those guys can make plays,” safety Rahim Moore said. “It’s exciting to watch those guys on film because you respect them, but at the end of the day we have to try to contain them.”
The Broncos have the best rush defense, but a 30th ranked pass defense. They’re giving up 327.0 yards per game. Champ Bailey has been limited in practice again this week, and his game status is unknown. However, he is getting much closer to returning.
“I think whenever you don’t play football for a minute it takes a while to get back into football-shape,” John Fox said of Bailey. “I think that’s about where we are right now.”
Even though the Broncos are giving up a lot of yards in the air, they are tied for the lead in interceptions (6). They’re obviously taking big risks on the field, but the payoff has been huge as well.
The matchups in the secondary this week should be a great watch.