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Eagles vs. Browns: 3 storylines to watch

Keep an eye on Michael Vick, the secondary and the rookie kicker.

1. Mirage or reality?

Michael Vick is coming off an abysmal three-interception performance last week in Pittsburgh. Was it a mirage or reality?

Personally, we feel it was a mirage, or the direct result of a masterful defensive game plan from Dick LeBeau. However, it does bear noting that Vick has now thrown eight picks in his last seven games, dating back to the 2010 regular season.

2. A new safety valve for the defense

Forget the linebackers. Free safety Nate Allen was atrocious against the Steelers. Earlier this week, he revealed that he is less than 100 percent as he deals with knee tendonitis.

Jarrad Page gets the start tonight. Page has had a great camp and preseason, so this could be his audition to be the Week 1 starter.

3. Kicking the habit on special teams

Believe it or not, the Eagles have a lot riding on the leg of Alex Henery.

The rookie kicker has shown he can boot it a mile, but accuracy — and the pressure of connecting in tight NFL games — could be an issue. He’s 2-for-2 (from 24 and 35 yards) in the preseason, while he’s sent all five of his kickoffs into the end zone.

 
 
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