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Week 17 – Eagles (6-9) @ New York Giants (6-9) January 3rd, 2016

By Andrew Porter

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles’ playoff hopes came to an end on Saturday night thanks to a 38-24 loss to the Washington Redskins.

Despite jumping out to an early 7-0 lead, the Eagles quickly fell behind and never recovered. The Redskins finished with 418 yards of total offense and won the turnover battle 2-0.

The Eagles’ WR’s did not help Sam Bradford (37-56, 380 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT) dropping nine passes.

First look for the Giants: Because of the Eagles’ loss to the Redskins, the Giants were also eliminated from playoff contention as the Redskins clinched the NFC East with their victory.

The following night, the Giants were blown out in Minnesota by the Vikings, 49-17.

With star WR Odell Beckham Jr. suspended, Eli Manning struggled in freezing weather throwing for just 234 yards, 1 TD, and 3 INT’s.

First look for the game: With both teams and 6-9 and nothing to play for but pride, this game will certainly lack excitement.

Early line (via Eagles +3 at Giants

Sunday, January 3rd at 1:00pm E.T. – Eagles at Giants @ Met Life Stadium


Week 16 – Washington Redskins (7-7) @ Eagles (6-8) – December 26th, 2015

By Andrew Porter

First look for the Eagles: After two straight wins to build some momentum, the Eagles fell flat on their face losing 40-17 at home vs. the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night.

Now, at 6-8, the Eagles find themselves in a must-win situation on Saturday night against the Washington Redskins.

While QB Sam Bradford played well early on Sunday, three second half turnovers proved costly. On the ground, the Eagles struggled as they rushed for just 74 yards. DeMarco Murray had only two carries, as the situation continues to magnify.

Defensively, the Eagles have allowed 40-plus points in three of their last five games now. CB Byron Maxwell and CB Eric Rowe both left Sunday’s game early due to injury.

First look for the Redskins: With their 35-25 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, the Redskins improved to 3-1 over their last four games.

QB Kirk Cousins — who threw for 319 yards, 4 TD’s, and 0 INT’s on Sunday — has throw for 300-plus yards in each of his team’s last three wins.

First look for the game: The Redskins and Eagles are battling for an NFC East title and an automatic playoff birth. A Redskins win would eliminate the Eagles from contention.

This game marks DeSean Jackson’s second return to Philly since being released before the 2014 season.

The Redskins beat the Eagles 23-20 in Week 4, as Cousins orchestrated a 15-play, 90-yard game winning drive.

Early line (via Eagles -3.5 vs. Redskins

Saturday, December 26th at 8:25 E.T. – Redskins at Eagles @ Lincoln Financial Field


Week 15 – Arizona Cardinals (11-2) @ Eagles (6-7) – December 20th, 2015

By Andrew Porter

First look for the Eagles: All the sudden, the Philadelphia Eagles are hot.

After two straight December wins, most recently Sunday’s 23-20 win over the Buffalo Bills, the Eagles find themselves as the favorite to win the NFC East. Sam Bradford, who missed two games due to injury, continues to impress. The Eagles are now 6-2 in their last eight games that Bradford has started and finished. He has five touchdowns to one interception over his last four starts.

Defensively, the Eagles continue to be led by Fletcher Cox and Malcolm Jenkins, as both tallied eight tackles a piece on Sunday.

First look for the Cardinals: The Cardinals are one of the NFL’s hottest teams, winners of seven straight.

The Cards eked out a 23-20 win of their own, on Thursday night at home vs. the Minnesota Vikings. Carson Palmer continues to play some of the best football of his career, as he completed 25-35, 310 yards, 2 TD’s, and 0 INT’s vs. the Vikings.

With Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington out with injuries, rookie running back David Johnson accounted for 123 total yards of offense in his first start. At wide receiver, Larry Fitzgerald heads a trio of dynamic pass catchers with Michael Floyd and John Brown.

Defensively, third-year safety Tyrann Mathieu is playing as well as an safety in the league. And cornerback Patrick Peterson is doing the same.

First look at the game: The Cardinals are looking to secure a first-round bye and the No. 2 overall seed in the NFC, while the Eagles are hoping to win the NFC East and earn the No. 4 seed.

Both the Eagles and Cardinals are tied for the second most takeaways in the NFL with 25. It will be a true test for Bradford and the Eagles’ offense, as Arizona is 4th in the NFL, allowing just 322.4 yards per game and 7th in the NFL allowing just 19.4 points per game.

Early line (via Eagles +3.5 vs. Cardinals

Sunday, December 20th at 8:30 E.T. – Cardinals at Eagles @ Lincoln Financial Field


Week 14 – Buffalo Bills (6-6) @ Eagles (5-7) – December 13th, 2015

By Andrew Porter

First look for the Eagles: When you beat the defending Super Bowl champions, in their building, you naturally gain momentum. And that’s exactly what the Eagles did heading into their final four games.

Sam Bradford, is his first game back after missing two games due to injury, completed just 14-24 passes but threw two touchdowns without throwing the ball over. He made clutch throws to help the Eagles win.

Darren Sproles was the Eagles’ lead back with Ryan Mathews out and DeMarco Murray’s workload decreased. Sproles totaled 19 touches for 100 yards of offense and added a game-changing 83-yard punt return touchdown.

The Eagles added a blocked punt touchdown and a 99-yard Malcolm Jenkins interception touchdown, as they beat the Pats 35-28.

Next? LeSean McCoy and the Buffalo Bills.

First look for the Bills: After two straight losses, the Bills got a big win over the Houston Texans on Sunday.

The Bills got 112 rushing yards from McCoy and 109 receiving yards from their top wideout, Sammy Watkins. QB Tyrod Taylor completed 11 of 21 passes for 211 yards, 3 TD’s, and 0 INT’s.

The Bills, at 6-6, are just one game back of three teams fighting for two AFC wild card spots.

First look at the game: The big storyline heading into this game is the return of McCoy to Philadelphia. McCoy, who is averaging 97.6 rushing yards per game over his last five, was traded this offseason by Chip Kelly to the Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso.

Alonso, who has played in just seven games this year due to injury, has struggled the last four games tallying just 13 total tackles.

The Eagles are 5-2 in their last seven games started and finished by Sam Bradford.

Early line (via Eagles -1 vs. Bills

Sunday, December 13th at 1:00 E.T. – Bills at Eagles @ Lincoln Financial Field


Week 13 – Eagles (4-7) @ New England Patriots (10-1) – December 6th, 2015

By Andrew Porter

First look for the Eagles: It doesn’t look pretty.

Thanks to two straight 45-14 losses, and three straight L’s all together, the Eagles find themselves searching for answering, while the fans and media members start to call for the firing of Chip Kelly.

After exhibiting a rather dominant defense through the first eight weeks of the season, against the run and the pass, the Eagles’ D has collapsed allowing 951 yards of total offense over the past two games. Both Jameis Winston and the Bucs and Matthew Stafford of the Lions threw for five touchdowns and no interceptions, respectively, against the Eagles.

First look for the Patriots: The reigning Super Bowl Champs have yet to lose a game in 2015. At 10-0, the Pats have a difficult matchup at the 8-2 Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football before hosting the Eagles the following Sunday.

Despite numerous injuries to key player, Patriots QB Tom Brady continues as one of the league’s most dominant players and one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play. And tight end Rob Gronkowski is a matchup nightmare for any defense.

First look at the game: Win or lose on Sunday night, the Pats will be huge favorites over the struggling Eagles in Week 13.

The Eagles hope to get Sam Bradford (concussion, shoulder) back from injury, as he missed his last two starts.

Sunday, December 6th at 4:25 p.m. E.T. – Eagles at Patriots @ Gillette Field


Week 12 – Eagles (4-6) @ Detroit Lions (3-7) – November 26th, 2015

By Andrew Porter

First look for the Eagles: It’s the worst of time for the Eagles right now.

Their 45-17 embarrassing loss to the Bucs last Sunday was the worst of the Chip Kelly era, dropping the Eagles to 4-6. After establishing themselves as a dominant run defense, the Eagles have allowed over 100 yards rushing in three of their last four games, including a ridiculous 283-yard performance allowed to the Bucs.

With Sam Bradford sideline due to injury, Mark Sanchez threw three interceptions in his first start of the season. Bradford’s status for Thursday against the Lions is unknown.

First look for the Lions: The Lions lost seven of their first eight games and things were looking bleak in Detroit.

However, the Lions have won their last two scores, beating the Packers in Green Bay and the Raiders at home, scoring 18 points each time. QB Matthew Stafford is completing over 64-percent of his passes this season, despite throwing 12 interceptions.

Lions star WR Calvin Johnson has struggled this season, recording 100-yards receiving just once in 10 games. The Lions are 29th in NFL, allowing 27.4 points per game.

First look for the game: The Eagles look to snap a two-game losing streak, as fans begin to call for the firing of Chip Kelly, while the Lions go for their third win in a row in this Thanksgiving Day battle.

The Eagles have struggled against the run over the last four games, but will be happy to face the NFL’s worst rushing offense in the Lions (71.1 rushing yards per game, 3.4 yards per attempt). The Lions have not scored more than 19 points in any of their last four games.

Early line (via Eagles -1 at Lions

Sunday, November 26th at 12:30 p.m. E.T. – Eagles at Lions @ Ford Field


Week 11 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-5) @ Eagles (4-5) – November 22nd, 2015

By Andrew Porter

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles are coming off their worst loss of the season, a 20-19 loss to the Dolphins, and arguably the worst loss of Chip Kelly’s head coaching tenure.

Leading 16-3 after the first quarter, key penalties and costly mistakes squandered the game for the Eagles. QB Sam Bradford left the game in the third quarterback with a left-shoulder injury and a concussion. Mark Sanchez replaced Bradford and played well, until he threw an interception in the end zone.

The Eagles fell to 4-5 with the loss, blowing an opportunity to take the lead in the NFC East. However, with the New York Giants’ loss to the New England Patriots, the Eagles are still just 0.5 games back in the division.

First look for the Bucs: The Bucs enter Week 11, after a 10-6 win over the Dallas Cowboys on a game-winning 1-yard Jameis Winston TD run. Despite throwing two interceptions, the rookie QB led his team to a comeback victory.

WR Mike Evans caught eight balls for 126 yards and RB Doug Martin ran for 63 yards on 18 carries and caught four balls for 40 more yards. The Bucs managed three sacks and four hits on Cowboys QB Matt Cassel.

First look for the game: The Bucs come to Philly looking to build off their win. The Eagles, who have struggled against No. 1 WRs, will have their work cut out for them against Evans. Likely, Bryon Maxwell will be in charge of stopping Evans.

The Tampa Bay defense is 7th in the NFL allowing just 334.2 yards per game, but is 26th in the NFL allowing 26.3 points per game.

The Bucs and Eagles are tied for 23rd in the NFL with 16 giveaways.

Early line (via Eagles -7 vs. Bucs

Sunday, November 22nd at 1:00 p.m. E.T. – Bucs at Eagles @ Lincoln Financial Field


Week 10 – Miami Dolphins (3-5) @ Eagles (4-4) – November 15th, 2015

By Andrew Porter

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles are coming off their best, and most important, win of the season—a 33-27 overtime thriller in Dallas against the Cowboys.

Sam Bradford, DeMarco Murray, and Jordan Matthews all had their best games of the season. Bradford threw for 295 yards, 1 TD, and 0 turnovers. Murray tallied 161 total yards of offense and Matthews caught nine balls for 133 yards, including a walk-off touchdown.

With Jason Peters out, Lane Johnson filled in at left-tackle and the Eagles’ offensive line was phenomenal.

Defensively, Jordan Hicks’ pick-six changed the game. Brandon Graham had his best game of the season—seven tackles, two tackles for loss, two sacks, and two forced fumbles.

First look for the Dolphins: After routing the Texans 44-26 in his first game as head coach three weeks ago, Dan Campbell has struggled.

The Dolphins have now lost two straight, after a 33-17 loss at the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. The Dolphins are allowing over 31 points per game over their last three games.

On offense, running back Lamar Miller and wide receiver Jarvis Landry serve as the Dolphins’ most explosive weapons. Miller has six total touchdowns in his last four games, while Landry has 53 catches on the season and 22 in his last three games.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is averaging 297 yards per game over his last three games.

For the game: With their win, the Eagles improved to 4-4, just 1/2 game behind the 5-4 New York Giants in the NFC East. While they still hope to receive DeMeco Ryans, Nelson Agholor, Jason Peters, and Brandon Bair back from injury, rookie linebacker Jordan Hicks will get an MRI on his injured shoulder on Monday.

The Dolphins have lost two straight and are in last place in the AFC East at 3-5.

Early line (via Eagles -6.5 vs. Dolphins

Sunday, November 15th at 1:00 p.m. E.T. – Dolphins at Eagles @ Lincoln Financial Field


Week 9 – Eagles (3-4) @ Dallas Cowboys (2-5) – November 8th, 2015

By Andrew Porter

First look for the Eagles: While the Eagles were resting this weekend during their bye week, they actually improved their chances to win the NFC East as both the Giants and Cowboys lost.

Chip Kelly is 1-1 as Eagles head coach after the bye week.

First look for the Cowboys: After a 13-12 loss at home vs. the Seahawks on Sunday, the Cowboys have lost five straight games to fall to 2-5.

The Cowboys did get star wide receiver Dez Bryant back from injury. Bryant had just two catches however, and went on a post-game tirade directed at reporters after being accused of taunting an injured Seahawk.

Backup quarterback Matt Cassel was just 13-25 for 97 yards in his second straight start. Cowboys starting QB Tony Romo, injured during their Week 2 win over the Eagles, is not eligible to return until Week 11.

First look for the game: The Cowboys are coming off of five straight losses since losing Romo, while the 3-4 Eagles head to Dallas after a week off.

Early line (via Eagles -2.5 at Cowboys

Sunday, November8th at 8:30 p.m. E.T. – Eagles vs. Cowboys @ AT&T Stadium


Week 8 – Eagles (3-4) OFF

By Andrew Porter

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles head into the bye week at 3-4, facing major questions.

First and foremost, they have struggled in the passing game. The Eagles lead the NFL in dropped passes and second-year receiver Jordan Matthews is a top the the infamous individual list. Furthermore, first-round pick Nelson Agholor missed the last two games due to injury and has just eight catches in five games. The Eagles are averaging just 239 yards per game in the air, just 21st in the NFL.

New QB Sam Bradford, coming back from two straight ACL surgeries, has been inconsistent through seven games throwing nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Bradford’s play will be key for the Eagles in the second half of the season.

On the injury front, Pro Bowl left-tackle Jason Peters left Sunday night’s game with back spasms. Chip Kelly the Eagles expect to have Peters back after the bye week. The Eagles also expect to get linebackers Kiko Alonso (knee) and DeMeco Ryans (hamstring) back after the bye week.

First look for the NFL: There are five undefeated teams (Patriots, Bengals, Panthers, Packers, and Broncos) remaining in the NFL. The Patriots host the re surging Dolphins on Thursday Night Football, the Broncos host the Packers on Sunday Night Football, and the Panthers host the Colts on Monday Night Football. The Bengals are at the Steelers, Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

First look for the NFC East: While the Eagles are just 3-4, they’re certainly still alive in the wide open NFC East.

The 4-3 Giants, who are 0-1 against the Eagles, play at the 3-4 Saints. The 2-4 Cowboys host the 3-4 Seahawks before hosting the Eagles in Week 9. And the 3-4 Redskins are also on a BYE.


Week 7 – Eagles (3-3) @ Panthers (5-0) – October 25th, 2015

By Andrew Porter

First look for the Eagles: For the second straight week, the Eagles have a 20-plus point win at home.

Last Monday night, the Eagles beat the Giants 27-7, en route to 425 yards of offense. However, despite 944 yards of offense and 66 points in their last two games, there are plenty of questions surrounding quarterback Sam Bradford. Bradford has thrown five interceptions in his last two games, despite the big wins, and now has nine in six games this season.

Defensively, the Eagles continue to dominate, as they held the Giants 247 total yards. Furthermore, the Eagles defense forced three turnovers and sacked Eli Manning three times.

First look for the Panthers: The undefeated Panthers are coming off their most impressive win of the season, a comeback win in Seattle against the Seahawks.

Despite limited weapons, Panthers QB Cam Newton is playing some of the best football of his career. Newton has 11 total touchdowns to five turnovers in five Panther victories. The Panthers offense is averaging just 334.2 yards per game, 28th in the NFL.

Defensively, Carolina is allowing just 338 yards per game and 18.8 points per game, both seventh best in the NFL.

First look for the game: The Eagles will have their hands full with Newton, one of the NFL’s top dual-threat QB. However, there aren’t many defenses playing better football than the Eagles.

While the Panthers are 5-0, their opponents have a combined record of just 9-20.

Early line (via Eagles +3 at Panthers

Monday, October 25th at 8:30 p.m. E.T. – Eagles vs. Panthers @ Bank of America Stadium


Week 6 – New York Giants (3-2) @ Eagles (2-3) – October 19th, 2015

By Andrew Porter

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles enter Week 6 coming off their best game of the season.

Sam Bradford (32-45, 333 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs) and the offense piled up 519 total yards and 39 points on the New Orleans Saints, en route to a 39-17 win. The Eagles’ banged up and struggling offensive line got things turned around, aiding the Eagles to 186 rushing yards while allowing 0 sacks.

Both DeMarco Murray (20 carries for 83 yards) and Ryan Mathews (seven carries for 73 yards) scored rushing touchdowns.

Defensively, the Eagles remained stout. The star was Fletcher Cox who recorded six tackles, three sacks, and two forced fumbles.

First look for the Giants: The Giants are coming off a big win as well, as they fought back to beat the San Francisco 49ers 30-27 on Sunday night.

Eli Manning is on fire, as he completed a career-best 41 of 45 passes for 441 yards, 3 TDs, and 1 INT. Larry Donnell’s incredible catch with 21 seconds remaining capped a spectacular Manning-led 82-yard game-winning drive. Manning has 10 touchdowns to just two interceptions this season.

The Giants, winning of three straight games, lost starting middle linebacker Jon Beason (concussion) and wideout Rueben Randle (hamstring).

First look for the game: After three straight wins, the Giants sit atop the NFC East at 3-2. The Eagles, Redskins, and Cowboys are all 2-3. Needless to say, this is a huge game, as the Eagles look for their first division win of the season on Monday Night Football.

While the Eagles’ defense has been superb, it has struggled against the pass and especially against elite wide receivers. Byron Maxwell and the Eagles’ secondary will have their hands full against Odell Beckham Jr.

Early line (via Eagles -3.5 vs. Giants

Monday, October 19th at 8:30 p.m. E.T. – Giants vs. Eagles @ Lincoln Financial Field


Week 5 – New Orleans Saints (1-3) @ Eagles (1-3) – October 11th, 2015

By Andrew Porter


First look for the Eagles: It was yet another devastating loss for the Eagles on Sunday at the Redskins, as they fell 23-20 in the final seconds of the game.

Kirk Cousins took his team 90-yards in 15 plays in 5:39, completing a touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon to give the Skins a three-point lead and the eventual win. The Eagles’ defense was solid throughout the game, but could not get off the field late. Furthermore, they recorded just one sack on Cousins all game.

On offense, the Eagles’ o-line was pitiful, allowing five sacks. On the ground, the Birds tallied just 18 carries for 87 yards as a team. Sam Bradford threw the ball down the field nicely in the second half and finished with 270 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions.

New Eagles kicker Caleb Sturgis missed a 33-yard field-goal and a 33-yard extra point.

Byron Maxwell, Mychal Kendricks, Jason Peters, and Lane Johnson all left the game early due to injury.

First look for the Saints: Drew Brees battled a shoulder injury and played terrifically in the Saints’ 26-20 overtime Sunday night win over the Cowboys. Brees finished 33-41, with 359 yards, 2 TD’s, 0 INT’s in the Saints’ first win of the season.

Brees connected with RB C.J. Spiller in overtime for a game-winning 80-yard touchdown catch and run.

Saints starting RB Mark Ingram finished with 128 yards from scrimmage and key players Keenan Lewis (hip), safety Jairus Byrd (knee) and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (toe) all played for the first time this season.

Saints kicker Zach Hocker missed a 30-yard field at the end of regulation.

First look for the game: Both of these teams, now 1-3, entered 2015 with Super Bowl aspirations after making vast roster changes this offseason, but neither team has gotten off to the start they wanted.

The Saints are coming off a big overtime win over the Cowboys and will take on the Eagles, who return home after two straight road games. The Eagles’ secondary, with CB Byron Maxwell potentially out, will have their hands full against Drew Brees.

Early line (via Eagles -4 vs. Saints

Sunday, October 11th at 1:00 p.m. E.T. – Saints vs. Eagles @ Lincoln Financial Field


Week 4 – Eagles (1-2) @ Washington Redskins (1-2) – October 4th, 2015

By Andrew Porter

First look for the Eagles: After taking a 24-0 lead over the Jets in the first half on Sunday, the Eagles held on for a crucial 24-17 win, notching their first win of the season.

The ground game got going as Ryan Mathews rushed for over 100 yards with DeMarco Murray out with a hamstring injury. The passing attack, on the other hand, struggled as Sam Bradford threw for just 118 yards. Key drops from the running backs and suspect play from the receivers did not help.

For the second straight week, the Eagles’ defense looked dominant. Most impressive were two rookies: ILB Jordan Hicks (with both Kiko Alonso and Mychal Kendricks out) and CB Eric Rowe.

First look for the Redskins: The Redskins have had an extra couple days of rest, after they were embarrassed by the Giants on Thursday Night Football losing 32-21 in an ugly, penalty filled game.

The Redskins lost the turnover battle 3-0, and Kirk Cousins struggled throwing two interceptions and one touchdown. Fighting from behind, the Redskins did move the ball late and third-down back Chris Thompson caught eight balls for 57 yards and a touchdown. The Giants bottled up the Skins’ ground attack with Alfred Morris and rookie Matt Jones, who combined for just 57 yards on 17 carries.

Defensively, the Redskins could not stop the Giants’ outside wide outs in Reuben Randle (7/116/1) and Odell Beckham Jr. (7/79/1).

First look for the game: Thanks to the Falcons’ win over the Cowboys, at 1-2 the Eagles and Redskins find themselves just one game back of the 2-1 Cowboys in the NFC East.

Both teams will likely be forced to throw the ball, as the Birds and Skins rank ninth and fourth respectively in total rushing yards allowed this season.

Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall is expected to miss about a month after spraining his right toe on Thursday night. Redskins coach Jay Gruden said “there’s a chance” former Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson will play on Sunday. Jackson suffered a hamstring injury in Week 1 and has missed the last two games.

Early line (via Eagles -3 at Redskins

Sunday, October 4th at 1:00 p.m. E.T. – Eagles vs. Redskins @ FedExField


Week 3 – Eagles (0-2) @ New York Jets (2-0) – September 27th, 2015

By Andrew Porter

First look for the Eagles: There’s not much to look at, honestly.

On Sunday, the Eagles suffered a 20-10 embarrassing loss to the Cowboys where they managed just seven rushing yards. Two costly turnovers in the second half—a Sam Bradford interception to Sean Lee and a botched snap from Jason Kelce—kept the Eagles from salvaging a potential victory.

While the defense played well, the offense struggled mightily. The Eagles enter game No. 3 with major questions at offensive line.

Injuries: Kiko Alonso (left knee) and Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) both left Sunday’s game in the first half and did not return. Their statues are still unknown, will defensive lineman Cedric Thorton will reportedly miss approximately 2-3 weeks with a broken hand.

First look for the Jets: The Jets beat up on the Browns in Week 1 forcing five turnovers, and then forced five more against Andrew Luck and the Colts for a 20-7 upset win in Indianapolis on Monday Night Football.

Defensively, the Jets are stout up front with Damon Harrison, Muhammad Wilkerson, and Sheldon Richardson. Richardson, luckily for the Eagles, is suspended for the first four games. At corner, Darrelle Revis—who had an INT and two fumble recoveries against the Colts—and Antonio Cromartie will make the Eagles’ receivers work.

For the game: The Jets will look to run the ball with Chris Ivory against a tough Eagles’ defensive front. The Eagles, who have struggled running the ball, will have to do so against a dominant Jets front-seven.

It looks like both teams will try to move the ball through the air on Sunday. Byron Maxwell has struggled in his first two games with the Eagles against Julio Jones and Terrence Williams. He’ll likely see a lot of the Jets’ No. 1 WR, Brandon Marshall.

Injuries: Eric Decker (knee) is believed to have suffered a PCL injury on Monday night and will have an MRI on Tuesday. His status is in doubt for Sunday’s game vs. the Eagles.


Early line (via Eagles +1.5 at Jets

Sunday, September 27th at 1:00 p.m. E.T. – Eagles vs. Jets @ Met Life Stadium


Week 2 – Dallas Cowboys (1-0) @ Eagles (0-1) – September 20th, 2015

By Andrew Porter


First look for the Eagles: In a game many expected the Eagles to win, the Falcons came out and smacked them in the mouth at home. Atlanta took a 20-3 lead into halftime, and while the Eagles bounced back nicely in the second half, ultimately fell short losing 26-24.

Sam Bradford was decent after a rocky start in his Eagles debut (36-52), 336 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT. However, the offensive line with new starters Andrew Gardner and Allen Barbre struggled.

Defensively, Byron Maxwell had troubled staying with Julio Jones, who caught nine balls for 141 yards and two scores. The Eagles managed only one sack on Matt Ryan.

Cody Parker missed his only field-goal attempt, a 44-yard attempt with under three minutes remaining that would have given the Eagles a 27-26 lead.

First look for the Cowboys: Thanks to an epic brain collapse by the New York Giants, the Cowboys rallied to beat the G-Men 27-26 on Sunday Night Football in Week 1.

Tony Romo orchestrated the comeback, as the Cowboys went 72-yards on six plays in 1:27 with no timeouts, ending in a Jason Witten touchdown pass.

The Cowboys dominated the Giants, netting 436 yards and allowing just 289, but three turnovers kept the game close.

The win did not come without a price however, as the Cowboys lost star WR Dez Bryant (right foot) and rookie DE Randy Gregory (sprained ankle) for four to six weeks.

First look for the game: After the Eagles’ loss to the Falcons and the Cowboys win over the Giants in Week 1, the Birds find themselves in a “got-to-have” Week 2 divisional game at home.

With Dez Bryant out, the Cowboys’ passing attack instantly becomes suspect with Terrence Williams, Cole Beasley, and Jason Witten. The Eagles secondary will need to improve from their performance against the Falcons.

DeMarco Murray, who rushed for just nine yards in his Eagles debut, goes up against his old teammates.


Opening line (via Eagles -4 vs. Cowboys

Sunday, September 20th at 4:25 p.m. E.T. – Cowboys vs. Eagles @ Lincoln Financial Field


Week 1 – Eagles (0-0) @ Atlanta Falcons (0-0) – September 14th, 2015

By Andrew Porter

First look for the Eagles: After an impressive preseason with his new team, all eyes will be on quarterback Sam Bradford, who makes his Philadelphia Eagles regular season debut on Monday Night Football in Atlanta against the Falcons.

With new weapons all over the field for the Eagles, on offense and defense, we’ll finally begin to get a feel of how Chip Kelly plans to use his assets. Tight end Zach Ertz is recovering from a groin injury and expects to be a game-time decision.

First look for the Falcons: Dan Quinn, after spending the last two seasons as the defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks, makes his NFL head coaching debut against the Eagles.

The Falcons look to rebound from a disappointing 6-10 season. On offense, Matt Ryan and Julio Jones provide one of the league’s most dynamic QB-WR tandems. Veteran WR Roddy White is battling a shoulder injury and his Week 1 status is unknown.

Defensively, the Falcons hope to improve on their 2014 season, as they were ranked last in total defense.

First look at the game: The Eagles opened as just a one-point favorite, but many sports books have adjusted the line to Eagles -3.

The key for the Eagles will be to takeaway the Ryan-Jones connection and that duty expects to be handled primarily by new corner Byron Maxwell. Maxwell, ironically played under Quinn in Seattle the last two seasons. Atlanta’s ground game is young, but talented, with second-year back Davonta Freeman and rookie Tevin Coleman.

The Falcons will have their hands full on defense trying to contain a high powered Eagles offense.


Monday, September 14th at 7:10 p.m. E.T. – Eagles vs. Falcons @ Georgia Dome


Preseason Week 4 – Eagles @ New York Jets – September 3rd, 2015

By Andrew Porter

First look for the Eagles: It doesn’t get much better for the Eagles. After their 39-26 rout over the Packers, the Eagles have outscored their three preseason opponents 115-53 and a combined score of 52-3 in the all-important first quarter.

Sam Bradford was perfect on Saturday, completing all 10 of his passes for 121 yards and three touchdowns.

Offensive lineman Lane Johnson left Saturday’s game with a sprained MCL, but he is expected to be ready for Week 1. Linebacker Kiko Alonso (leg tendinitis) did not play on Saturday, but is expected to practice this week. Kicker Cody Parkey also did not play on Saturday (groin).

First look for the Jets: Replacing the injured Geno Smith at QB, Ryan Fitzpatrick was excellent for the Jets on Saturday night. Fitzpatrick was 9-14 for 127 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-18 win over the Giants.

After picking up 17 penalties in their second preseason game against the Falcons, the Jets had eight penalties for 50 yards on Saturday.

First-round pick DT Leonard Williams suffered a muscle strain in the game, but luckily there was no ligament damage.

For the game: It’s the fourth preseason, so we won’t see many of the regulars, as players from both teams compete to make their respective teams.


Thursday, September 3rd at 7:00 p.m. E.T. – Eagles vs. Jets @ MetLife Stadium


Preseason Week 3 – Eagles @ Green Bay Packers – August 29th, 2015

By Andrew Porter

First look for the Eagles: In his first NFL action in a year, Sam Bradford’s Philadelphia Eagles debut was above-average. Bradford was 3-5 for 35 yards leading the Eagles on an 11-play, 84-yard touchdown drive. Maybe more importantly, Bradford responded to two vicious, one arguably dirty, hits. After the game, Bradford admitted he hopes to play more on Saturday night in Green Bay.

As a team, it was all smiles for the Birds, as they routed the Ravens 40-17. They have now outscored their opponents 76-27 in two preseason games.

Both running backs Ryan Mathews and DeMarco Murray had rushing touchdowns, while Walter Thurmond and Byron Maxwell picked off Joe Flacco in the first quarter, Thurmond’s coming on a spectacular breakup by Nolan Carroll. All four of those players (Mathews, Murray, Thurmond, and Maxwell) were acquired by Chip Kelly this offseason.

For the second straight game linebackers Kiko Alonso, DeMeco Ryans, and Mychal Kendricks did not play for the Eagles.

First look for the Packers: The storyline surrounding the Packers heading into Saturday night’s game is a devastating one.

The Packers fear they have lost star receiver Jordy Nelson for the season, who reportedly tore his ACL in the team’s preseason game against the Steelers on Sunday. If Nelson is indeed done for the year, Green Bay will turn to second-year wideouts Davante Adams and Jeff Janis, as well as rookie Ty Montgomery to step up. Pro Bowl WR Randall Cobb instantly becomes the team’s No. 1 weapon in the passing game.

The Pack’s starting ground attack was solid in their 24-19 loss to the Steelers, as Eddie Lacy rushed for 30 yards and a touchdown on just six carries. Unfortunately, veteran guard T.J. Lang left in the first half with concussion symptoms.

Defensively, the Packers’ first unit struggled against Ben Roethlisberger, who completed 11 of his 14 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown.

For the game: While Aaron Rodgers is likely out, Sam Bradford is expected to see extended time at QB for the Eagles. Let’s see how Bradford and the Eagles’ offense will fare against the first-string Green Bay defense.


Saturday, August 29th at 8:00 p.m. E.T. – Eagles vs. Packers @ Lambeau Field


Preseason Week 2 – Eagles vs. Baltimore Ravens – August 22nd, 2015

By Andrew Porter

First look for the Eagles: Finally, Sam Bradford will make his Eagles debut.

We hope.

Bradford, who has played just seven games in last two years, was held out of the Eagles’ preseason opener against the Colts. The same goes for new running back DeMarco Murray and their new linebacker Kiko Alonso. All three hope the make their Eagles’ debuts on Saturday against the Ravens.

The Eagles didn’t need them, however, routing the Colts 36-10.

The most precise Birds QB in the preseason opener was Matt Barkley, who completed 12 out of 20 passes for 192 yards. Mark Sanchez, who started the game for the Eagles, struggled completing just two out of seven passes. And then of course, there’s Tim Tebow, who looked fairly comfortable in his snaps completing six of his 12 throws for 69 yards, while also rushing for a score.

The battle for right-guard continues for the Eagles. Andrew Gardner got the start there on Sunday against the Colts, but John Moffitt’s play has been encouraging as well.

After an impressive debut, highlighted by a 92-yard punt return, Eagles backup running back Kenjon Barner will look to continue to make his case for a roster spot.

First look for the Ravens: It’s always fun when Ravens starting quarterback and Audubon, New Jersey native Joe Flacco comes to Philly.

The seven-year vet and Super Bowl champion QB went 5/6 for 33 yards, directing a touchdown drive, in the Ravens’ preseason opening 30-27 win over the New Orleans Saints. Flacco is expected to get a little bit more playing time on Saturday night.

With Justin Forsett as their clear starter, Ravens running backs Lorenzo Taliaferro and rookie Javorious “Buck” Allen continue to battle for the backup role behind one of the NFL’s top offensive lines.

Rookie receiver Breshad Perriman who is battling a knee-injury, hopes to make his debut for Baltimore.

Furthermore, the Eagles will have to deal with promising rookie TE Maxx Williams caught two passes for 36 yards, including a 22-yarder during the final drive against the Saints.

For the game: After practicing against each other all week, these two teams will finally get a chance to really hit one another.


Saturday, August 22nd at 7:00 p.m. E.T. – Ravens vs. Eagles @ Lincoln Financial Field


Preseason Week 1 – Eagles vs. Indianapolis Colts – August 16th, 2015

By Andrew Porter

First look for the Eagles: The new look Birds will step onto the field for the first time on Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field as one of the most intriguing teams in the NFL.

In his first offseason with complete control of personnel decisions, Eagles third-year head coach Chip Kelly went roster-crazy, trading Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy, and most recently Brandon Boykin. Never mind all the cuts and additions he made as well.

With new starters like Sam Bradford, DeMarco Murray, and Nelson Agholor shaping the new offense, and playmakers like Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell set to improve the defense, there will be plenty to keep an eye on.

Playing time is always limited for veterans in preseason game number one, but regardless, all eyes will be on the Eagles four QB’s. Bradford, the expected started, returns from back-to-back ACL injuries. However, a reliable Mark Sanchez looms, while Matt Barkley and the stirring Tim Tebow will fight it out for the third spot.

For the Colts: The Colts, one of the big favorites to win Super Bowl 50, have huge expectations after losing in the AFC Championship last season. However, just like the Eagles, Indy had a very busy offseason.

Two players Eagles fans are very familiar with, offensive lineman Todd Herremans and defensive end Trent Cole, will be on the other side of the field, after signing with Indianapolis this offseason. Furthermore, the Colts bolstered their skill positions by adding seven-time Pro Bowl WR Andre Johnson and five-time Pro Bowl RB Frank Gore.

Of course, fourth-year ascending star Andrew Luck runs their show.

First look at the game: It’s only preseason and who knows how much, if any, of the starters we’ll see, but football is back. These two teams both feature high-powered offenses, opportunistic defenses, and each squad enters the season with monstrous expectations.


Sunday, August 16th at 1:00 p.m. E.T. – Colts vs. Eagles @ Lincoln Financial Field

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