The Philadelphia Eagles have one of the easiest schedules in the NFL as the second half of the season begins, yet face a challenging task in the Denver Broncos Sunday. Denver is just a half-game out of the AFC West lead at 5-4 and is coming off a huge victory over the Dallas Cowboys last week. The Broncos are looking to extend their unbeaten record against NFC East teams in 2021 while Philadelphia is seeking to snap its nine-game winless streak against AFC opponents (last win was Week 8 of the 2019 season).
Philadelphia hasn’t won in Denver since 1989, making the task to pull off a victory on the road even more difficult. The Eagles are 3-2 on the road while sporting an 0-4 record at home, so this team is no stranger toward winning away from Lincoln Financial Field. Denver is coming off its first 30-point performance of the season and is seeking to continue the offensive momentum against a Philadelphia defense that has allowed 75.5% of its passes to be completed through nine games.
Will the Eagles win their first game in Denver in 32 years? Can the Broncos stay in the AFC West race? Here’s a preview of Sunday’s matchup.
How to watch
Date: Sunday, Nov. 14 | Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
Location: Empower Field at Mile High (Denver)
TV: CBS | Stream: Paramount+ (click here)
Follow: CBS Sports App
Odds: Broncos -2.5, O/U 45.5
Jalen Hurts vs. Broncos man defense
Denver plays a defense that primarily lines up in man coverage, should the Broncos choose to go that route. The Broncos play just 54% zone coverage, the second-lowest rate in the league. Hurts isn’t particularly good against zone coverage, completing just 63% of passes against zone coverage — 30th out of 33 qualified quarterbacks (only Sam Darnold, Jameis Winston, and Zach Wilson are lower).
Hurts has completed 58.8% of passes against man coverage this year (13th in the NFL) and Denver runs man coverage 40.8% of the…