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Key Matchups: Eagles-Colts

Here are some of the key matchups that could go a long way to determining who wins this Sunday's battle between the Eagles and the Colts ...

QB Michael Vick vs. LB Gary BrackettBrackett isn't going to be happy about seeing Vick back under center. Not only does Brackett have to concern himself with defending the middle of the field against the pass, but since Vick can take off at a moment's notice Brackett has to be concerned about that facet of his game as well. Vick's presence also opens the run lanes for LeSean McCoy, who had his best ground performances with Vick at quarterback.

OT Jason Peters vs. DE Dwight FreeneyNice test for Peters in what should be his first game back from a knee procedure. Freeney is extremely quick off the edge and has a devastating spin move. Freeney is a high-motor guy who will give a tackle fits for an entire game. And even if Freeney doesn't get sacks, he'll likely get pressure and find other ways to disrupt the offense's timing. Again, a nice test for Peters in his return.

DT Antonio Dixon vs. C Jeff SaturdayDixon has played outstanding as he's seen increased reps in Brodrick Bunkley's absence. He's not only been an immovable force in the middle, but he's provided some pass rush with 2.0 sacks this season. Colts QB Peyton Manning will want to have a nice pocket to step up and toss the ball down the field. Dixon can hamper that and Saturday is an undersized center at 295 pounds. This is a matchup the Eagles could try to exploit.

SS Quintin Mikell vs. TE Jacob TammeMikell will be very happy to not have to deal with Dallas Clark. Keeping tabs on Clark has meant possibly allowing one of the wide receivers to get over the top for a touchdown. Tamme is more of a blocking tight end, but his role as a receiver will certainly increase now that he's the starter. Mikell will have to play smart all game long because Peyton Manning will try to force him into a mistake.

For our complete Eagles-Colts preview, click here.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 1:15 a.m., November 1

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