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Paul Klee's Broncos vs. Eagles report card and predictions

By: Paul Klee
November 4, 2017 Updated: November 4, 2017 at 3:43 pm
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Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph looks at the score board during the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Klee's Scorecard

Offense

Who's ready to Brock? The Broncos are. This, from Vance Joseph, shows they still believe - after all the drops, interceptions and whiffed blocks - that their offense can be dangerous: "I'm anxious to see where we are if we don't turn the ball over to see how good we can be."

Advantage: Eagles

Defense

Here's the No. 1 issue for the Broncos - against any defense - with rolling with Osweiler at QB: subbing for Peyton Manning in the '15 Super Bowl season, the Brock Lobster was sacked 20 times in seven games. Philly ranks fifth with 22 sacks. His pocket awareness will be tested.

Advantage: Broncos

Special teams

He seems like a sweetheart of a man and attacks every practice with enthusiasm previously unknown to mankind. But there's one development that would rate a 10 on the Surprise Scale: Brock Olivo returning for a second year as Broncos special teams coordinator. It's been a dud.

Advantage: Eagles

Coaching

Excepting Kyle Shanahan, charged with a total rebuild of the 49ers, a fair comparison for Vance Joseph is other first-time coaches. The Bills' Sean McDermott (5-3) and Rams' Sean McVay (5-2) own playoff contenders. Anthony Lynn's Chargers shut out the Broncos, 21-0.

Advantage: Eagles

Intangibles

When John Elway signed Brock Osweiler a second time, the GM said the quarterback needed "football rehab." As he returned to the Broncos' huddle, Osweiler said: "Guess I'm checking out." Expect Osweiler to inspire a listless huddle, for a week, but not enough for the upset.

Advantage: Broncos

Klee's prediction: Eagles (-8) 20, Broncos 16 (Overall record: 5-2, ATS record: 6-1)

-Paul Klee

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