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Ray Didinger previews Eagles vs Falcons

A thorough breakdown from all angles of the Eagles-Falcons showdown this Sunday.

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The Philadelphia Eagles return from their bye week to play host to the unbeaten Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, and Eagles Insider Ray Didinger of CSNPhilly.com provided an essential game preview on Friday.

In breaking down the game from all sides, Didinger started with Philadelphia's offense.

"Turnovers. I know you are sick of it but any discussion about the Eagles has to begin there," Didinger said in the article. "Their 17 turnovers are second most in the NFL. The only team with more turnovers is Kansas City (21) and this week the Chiefs benched quarterback Matt Cassel.

"You have to wonder how much longer the Eagles will stay with Mike Vick if he continues to self-destruct."

As the Eagles, face an explosive Atlanta offense, Didinger noted that basic principles of defense will be key.

"Tackling will be critical. The Falcons get a lot of yards after contact," Didinger said. "(Michael) Turner, a 5-10, 240-pounder, broke more tackles than any back in the league last year. (Julio) Jones, as a rookie, had the highest yards after the catch average (7.8) in the league. And it still takes two or three tacklers to bring down (Tony) Gonzalez."

Didinger sees a close contest but one the Eagles will pull out, predicting a 27-23 Philadelphia win.