Quick Take: Eagles-Falcons

In Brief

» Last meeting: Brian Westbrook totaled 167 rushing yards as the Eagles dropped the Falcons, 27-14, on Oct. 26, 2008.
» Streaks: Philadelphia has won six of the past seven and has a 15-11-1 overall series lead, including the playoffs.
» Last week: Despite losing Michael Turner and Matt Ryan to injuries, the Falcons orchestrated a dramatic 20-17 comeback win over the Bucs. ... The Eagles rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the rival Redskins, 27-24.

Keep your eye on ...Chris Redman's comfort level under center: Playing all but one series last week after Ryan left with turf toe in the first quarter, Redman played pretty well in leading Atlanta to a crucial victory. The veteran backup quarterback has starting experience, but facing Philadelphia's blitzing defense will provide a tougher challenge than Tampa Bay gave him last week.

Jamaal Anderson's impact: Expectations were high when Anderson was taken eighth overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. Since that time, however, the only real positive he has demonstrated is his durability. He has started 42 of a possible 43 games, but has only 2.5 career sacks and one career forced fumble. If the Falcons want to beat the Eagles and make a playoff run, Anderson will have to step up his production.

Jeremy Maclin's rise in prominence: With the Eagles' receiving corps banged up, Maclin may take on a bigger role this week. The rookie receiver has played well this year, but he has not yet gotten loose for many big plays. The Eagles could need him to do so against the Falcons' 27th-ranked pass defense.

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Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy leads all NFC rookies with 528 rushing yards. ... Eagles CB Asante Samuel has the most interceptions since 2006 (27). ... Atlanta's Tony Gonzalez has scored a touchdown in four consecutive December games. ...If the playoffs started today, the Eagles would have a wild-card spot and the Falcons would be on the outside looking in. Get an updated look at the postseason picture.

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