Tonight's NFL game

December 05, 1996

Time: 8, ESPN

Line: Eagles by 4

Vs. spread: Eagles 8-5; Colts 4-9.

Last week: Eagles beat Giants, 24-0. Colts beat Bills in OT, 13-10.

Outlook: Eagles get first opportunity to break logjam in NFC East, where Philadelphia, Dallas and Washington are tied for division lead. Colts remain beat up and could be particularly affected by short week, though they come in off high of beating Buffalo to stay alive in playoff hunt.

By the numbers: Eagles RB Ricky Watters' 78 first downs are most in NFC. Colts' 16 take-aways are fewest in AFC.

Injuries: EAGLES: Questionable: DT Andy Harmon (knee). RB Adam Walker (thumb). Probable: QB Ty Detmer (ankle), WR Irving Fryar (ankles), RB Charlie Garner (ankle), T Jermane Mayberry (shoulder), WR Mark Seay (hand), CB Bobby Taylor (shoulder), DT Hollis Thomas (elbow), CB Johnny Thomas (thigh), LB William Thomas (shoulder).

COLTS: Out: DE Tony Siragusa (knee), S David Tate (neck). Doubtful: CB Ray Buchanan (thigh), LB Quentin Coryatt (chest), RB Lamont Warren (ankle). Questionable: LB Stephen Grant (knee), CB Derwin Gray (ankle), QB Jim Harbaugh (knee).

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Statistical comparison:

............... ....... Off. .................. Def.

NFL RANKINGS .. Tot. .. Rush .. Pass .. Tot. .. Rush .. Pass

Philadelphia ... 4 ..... 10 ..... 4. ... 6 ..... 11 ..... 4

Indianapolis .. 26 ..... 27 .... 17 ... 17 ..... 17 .... 21

.............. .......... Yds. ...Yds.

.............. Pts. ..... rush .... pass ..... TO .... Sacks

Philadelphia

Off. ......... 23.3 .... 117.5 .... 238.7 .... 1.7 .... 2.6

Def. ......... 20.4 ..... 99.2 .... 187.5 .... 1.8 .... 2.6

Indianapolis

Off. ......... 17.8 ..... 90.2 .... 202.5 .... 1.8 .... 2.9

Def. ......... 21.1 .... 108.2 .... 220.6 .... 1.2 .... 1.8

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Staff selections:

John Eisenberg: Ind.

Mike Preston: Phi.

Gary Lambrecht: Phi.

Vito Stellino: Phi.

Ken Murray: Phi.

Pub Date: 12/05/96

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