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Michael Taylor 15th Dec 2008 - 16:01

McNabb afforded no liberties in Philly

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb has come in for his share of criticism this season but if his team wins the next three NFL games he will once again be adored in the City of Brotherly Love.

A few weeks ago McNabb's position as star quarterback was under threat following a miserable draw against the hapless Cincinnati Bengals and then a hammering by the Baltimore Ravens; a performance that he was so bad in that head coach Andy Reid benched him.

To make matters worse he played the role of village idiot claiming he didn't know games could end in draws following the Bengals game - not exactly the smart thing to do after losing the faith of the Lincoln Memorial Field crowd.

However, over the past two games McNabb has re-found his touch as the Eagle has landed invaluable wins over the New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals.

Now, if Philadelphia can manage three consecutive wins, including a huge match against rivals Dallas Cowboys next week, they will give themselves a decent chance of qualifying via a wild card spot.

If Eagles do dare to think of post-season action then the Monday Night Football encounter with the Cleveland Browns should be little more than a formality.

The price of 1/12 about a Philadelphia win seems justified after their recent wins, while Cleveland, boasting a 4-9 record, struggled to get close to the Tennessee Titans last week failing to reach the red zone throughout the entire match.

The 7/1 about Cleveland is big but, realistically, there is very little chance that Romeo Crennel's side can cope with McNabb and last week's star performer Brian Westbrook.

If there is anyone looking to back the Browns they could find the +15.5 handicap extremely interesting at 10/11, especially if you take into consideration six of their nine losses have been by ten points or less.

On the first touchdown scorer market, Brian Westbrook at 3/1 is short but could prove to be a banker if he continues his excellent form and finds the same lanes as he did against the Giants.

Other bigger price options that could provide good value are Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson at 8/1 or Cleveland's Josh Cribbs at 18/1, while Jamal Lewis at 11/2 should be avoided as he looks unusually off the pace this season.

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