I agree, I think Jim Johnson is going to throw a lot of things at VIck, to try and rattle him. I really respect Johnson as a coordinator. There is probably no one in the NFL (except maybe Belichick) that knows how to disguise blitzes the way he does.
Really the onus for this win is on our offense coming to play. I don't suspect our defense will shut down the Eagles, but I'd be surprised if they scored more than 13 or 17 points in this game. 27 points against a slow Minnesota defense is one thing, but they shouldn't have that success against our much faster and aggressive defense.
A lot of it will fall on the O-line. Weiner is going to have to have a great day against Kearse. It's a matchup that neither player has ever seen. Kearse as well has never faced Vick. Jeremiah Trotter has never faced Vick either.
Really only a few playmakers remain from that Eagle team of '02: Ike Reese, Brian Dawkins, Corey Simon, Hugh Douglas, and Darwin Walker. And Reese is just a nickel back really.
Simon & Walker are the only one of these players that has ever really sacked Vick. Simoneau and Nate Wayne have seen Vick before, but I wouldn't say either is a real threat. Michael Lewis and Sheldon Brown were backups in the '02 game. As I recall, Whitfield historically has played very well against Hugh Douglas, but now it will be Shaffer facing him.
This is really a game where it just comes down to our players outplaying their players. We have to win the battle in the trenches. Give Vick time to throw and hope our running game can things going.
"Vincere scis, Hannibal, victoria uti nescis" -- Maharbal, 216 B.C.E.