Last week, the Eagles allowed the opposing running back, Detroit's Jahvid Best, to total 232 total yards of offense. Sean McDermott's defense will surely be hoping to improve upon those numbers this week, but it won't be easy because the guy on the other side of the line of scrimmage will be Pro Bowler Maurice Jones-Drew.
Jones-Drew has had a slow start to the season, rushing for only 129 yards combined through the season's first two weeks. On a conference call with the Philadelphia media earlier this week, Jones-Drew said that his slow start can be attributed to the time he missed in the preseason with an injury.
"I think missing those two weeks was a little bit different than I'm used to," he said. "I had to get my legs back under me. Last week, we got down quickly and had to start throwing the ball ... Hopefully we can just get back to what we do and play Jaguar football."
Jones-Drew's slow start is especially painful for the avid fantasy football player because he makes sure to own himself on every team he has. Jones-Drew is more than a fantasy football player, he's also an analyst for SportsIllustrated.com. But he has a message for one of the Eagles.
"Can you tell Brent Celek to tone it down for me this week?" Jones-Drew implored. "He's on one of my teams, and obviously I'm not going to play him, so don't make me eat it with me sitting him."
Back to the action on the field, Jones-Drew knows the Eagles defense will get a bump this week with the return of middle linebacker Stewart Bradley.
"He's definitely a game-changer," Jones-Drew said of Bradley. "He's kind of the quarterback of the defense, he gets everybody lined up, he's ready to go. He's kind of stout in the run game, so he's going to be a force to be reckoned with, along with Ernie Sims and (Akeem) Jordan as well."
There's one other interesting wrinkle to this week's matchup - that these two teams already met up in the preseason. Does that have any effect on tomorrow's matchup?
"Just knowing the personnel," Jones-Drew said. "Everybody's going to sugarcoat everything in the preseason. Really, you know the personnel, you've gone against them. You've been studying them on tape, but now you have a feel for their moves and what kind of things they like to do."
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 8:01 p.m., September 25