Rothman’s First Look

Week 16 – 12/20/14 – @ Washington Redskins

by Andrew Porter

First look at the Eagles: Just two weeks after destroying the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving, the ‘Boys got revenge in the rematch at the Linc Sunday night, beating the Eagles 38-27 and denting their playoff chances drastically.

Dez Bryant torched Bradley Fletcher, catching six balls for 114 yards, and three touchdowns. Mark Sanchez struggled again for the Eagles, who hope to potentially get Nick Foles back this week.

The loss moves the Eagles to 9-5, now one game behind the 10-4 Cowboys in the NFC East. Philly now needs help from Dallas just to make the playoffs.

First look at the Redskins: The Redskins are one of, if not the, most troubling teams in all of the NFL.

On Sunday, the Skins lost 24-13 to the Giants, their sixth straight loss. The Redskins continue to go back and forth with Colt McCoy and Robert Griffin III at the quarterback position.

First look at the Game:  The 3-11 Redskins host the 9-5 Eagles in this rare Saturday afternoon NFC East matchup.

While the Redskins are playing for simply pride, the Eagles are hanging on to their playoff hopes, needing to finish their season 2-0 and the Cowboys to lose at least one of their final two games.
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Week 15 – 12/14/14 – vs. Dallas Cowboys

by Andrew Porter

First look at the Eagles: The Eagles are coming off a disappointing performance at home against the defending champion Seattle Seahawks.

In what was supposed to be a statement game for the Birds, the Eagles managed just 139 total yards of offense en route to a frustrating 24-14 loss. Mark Sanchez completed just 10 of 20 passes for less than 100 yards. The Seahawks had 28 first downs to just nine for the Eagles.

Defensively, the Eagles’ front continued their elite play. Mychal Kendricks and Fletcher Cox had 11 tackles a piece, but the offense couldn’t get things going.

First look at the Cowboys: The Cowboys beat up on the Bears 41-28, as Tony Romo threw for three touchdowns and no interceptions and the NFL’s leading rusher DeMarco Murray ran for 179 yards on 32 carries.

First look at the Game: After getting blown out by the Eagles on Thanksgiving in Week 13, the Cowboys rallied to beat the Bears on Thursday night and put themselves in position to take back sole possession of first place in the NFC East.

With the Eagles’ loss to the Seahawks, both teams sit at 9-4 in the division, as the Cowboys come to the Linc on Sunday night for a primetime game, that will likely determine the NFC East champion. With ten days of rest, the Cowboys will look for revenge over the Eagles. The Birds will look to rebound from their dismal offensive performance against the Seahawks.

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Week 14 – 12/7/14 – vs. Seattle Seahawks

by Andrew Porter

First look at the Eagles: The Eagles destroyed the Cowboys on Thanksgiving 33-10, taking over sole control of first place in the NFC East.

LeSean McCoy continues his resurgence of late, rushing for 159 yards against the Cowboys. In his last seven games, McCoy has rushed for 745 yards and now has over 1,000 yards rushing on the season, second most in the NFL.

The Eagles defense racked up four more sacks on Tony Romo and now have 42 on the season, second most in the NFL.

First look at the Seahawks: The Seahawks are coming off back-to-back 19-3 wins over the Cardinals and 49ers, respectively. Seattle has won five of their last six games, allowing just 13.3 points per game during that span.

With Arizona’s loss last week, the Seahawks are now just one game behind the Cardinals in the NFC West.

First look at the game: The Eagles (9-3) host the defending Super Bowl Champion Seahawks (8-4) on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field, at 4:30pm.

The Eagles enter the game with a 10-game home streak, the team’s longest home-winning streak since 1991-1993. The Eagles are 1-2 against the NFC West this season.

Seattle is 3-3 on the road this season and 2-1 against the NFC East.

Early line, per Sportsbook.ag, lists the Eagles as one-point favorites.

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Week 13 – 11/27/14 – @ Dallas Cowboys

by Andrew Porter

First look at the Eagles: The Eagles enter their Week 13 divisional matchup coming off a big 43-24 win over the Titans.

Despite hearing criticism throughout the week, LeSean McCoy ran for 130 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries, getting back on track. In the passing game, while Mark Sanchez did complete 30 fo 43 passes for 307 yards, he threw two interceptions to one touchdown. Sanchez has now thrown six interceptions in four games (three starts) this season.

Defensively, the Eagles’ pass rush, specifically Connor Barwin, continued to dominate. Barwin recorded two more sacks, bringing his season total to 12.5, second best in the NFL. As a team, the Eagles now have 38 sacks, also second best in the NFL.

First look at the Cowboys: The Cowboys rallied from a 21-10 second half deficit at the Giants on Sunday Night Football, to win 31-28. Tony Romo connected with Dez Bryant late in the fourth quarter for a 13-yard touchdown to complete the impressive comeback.

Romo finished 18-26, with 275 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions. Bryant finished with seven catches for 86 yards and two scores.

First look at the game: Well, it doesn’t get much bigger than this one. The 8-3 Eagles head to Dallas to face the 8-3 Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day, as the winner will take over sole possession of first place in the NFC East.

The Cowboys enter the game with the second best rushing offense in the NFL, averaging 150.1 yards per game on the ground led by RB DeMarco Murray.

The Eagles rank both top-five, offensive, in yards and points per game.

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Week 12 – 11/23/14 – vs. Tennessee Titans

by Andrew Porter

First look at the Eagles: The Eagles had a wake-up call in Green Bay on Sunday, as Aaron Rodgers and the Packers crushed them 53-20.

Mark Sanchez committed four turnovers and the Eagles’ NFL-best 22-game takeaway streak came to end, as they were never in the game at all.

First look at the Titans: The Titans, 2-7, host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football this week.

The Titans have struggled all season and with Jake Locker injured, rookie Zach Mattenberger will make his third straight start on Monday night. Mettenberger has thrown three touchdowns to two interceptions in his first two starts.

First look at the Game: The struggling Titans head to Philly next week to take on the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The 7-3 Eagles will look to rebound from their blowout loss to the Packers, before a tough three week stretch where they take on the Cowboys twice sandwiched with the Seahawks.

The Titans will continue to try to develop the young Mettenberger and some of their talented offensive weapons, as they hope to upset the Eagles.

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Week 11 – 11/16/14 – @ Green Bay Packers

by Andrew Porter

First look at the Eagles: In his first NFL start since December 30th, 2012, Mark Sanchez threw for 332 yards, two touchdowns, while committing zero turnovers, leading the Eagles to a 45-21 thumping over the Carolina Panthers.

It was only the second time in Sanchez’s career he threw for 300-plus yards and achieved a QB rating north of 100.

On defense, the Eagles stifled Cam Newton and Panthers sacking him nine times and forcing five turnovers. Connor Barwin lead the way with 3.5 sacks, giving him 10.5 sacks on the season (t-2nd in NFL).

In the secondary, Cary Williams, Nate Allen, and Bradley Fletcher each recorded an interception, while Fletcher took his to the house for six points.

First look at the Packers: The Packers are coming off a dominating win of their own, 55-14 thrashing of their division rival Chicago Bears.

Aaron Rodgers, arguably the NFL’s best quarterback, is one of the hottest as well. Rodgers has 25 touchdowns and just three interceptions on the season, while completing 67.5% of his passes for 2,407 yards.

Rodgers threw six touchdown passes in the first half against the Bears on Sunday night.

First look at the Game: The (7-2) Eagles head to Lambeau Field on Sunday to face the (6-3) Packers.

The temperature expects to be a high of 22-degrees and this figures to be a very difficult game for Kelly, Sanchez, and the Eagles on the road against a hot Packers team.

The Eagles enter the game averaging 31.0 points per game, 4th best in the NFL, while the Packers’ 30.8 points per game is 5th best in the NFL.

Early lines have the Eagles, approximately, as five point underdogs.

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Week 10 – 11/10/14 – vs. Carolina Panthers

by Andrew Porter

First look at the Eagles: The Eagles are coming off an event filled 31-21 win over the Texans, improving to 6-2 and first place in the NFC East. However, it was certainly not all positive, as the Eagles have lost key players QB Nick Foles (clavicle) and LB DeMeco Ryans (Achilles) to significant injuries. Ryans’, reported has a torn Achilles, is likely done of the season. Foles has reportedly broken his collarbone and will miss several weeks.

Mark Sanchez, who replaced Foles, threw for 202, two touchdowns, and two interceptions, leading the Eagles to a big victory. The offense, under Chip Kelly, did not skip a beat. Jeremy Maclin continued his dominance, catching six balls for 158 yards and two touchdowns. And LeSean McCoy (117), Chris Polk (50), and Darren Sproles (17) rushed for 184 yards, thanks in large part to the return of C Jason Kelce.

First look at the Panthers: The Panthers are reeling. Winless in their last four games, the Panthers are 3-5-1 and have won just one of their last seven tilts, coming off 28-10 loss on Thursday night to the Saints.

QB Cam Newton has struggled, completing just 57.4 percent of his passes this season.

However, despite their deficiencies, the Panthers sit are just one game behind the 4-4 Saints for first place in the weak NFC South.

First look at the game: The Eagles (6-2) host the Panthers (3-5-1) on Monday Night Football and all eyes will be on the quarterbacks.

For the Panthers, they need an under-performing Cam Newton to lead them on offense. For the Eagles, Mark Sanchez will make his first start of the season, as Nick Foles will be out with a clavicle injury.

The Eagles enter the game 4th in the NFL, averaging 409.3 yards per game, while the Panthers are at the other end of the spectrum averaging just 321.2 yards per game, 26th in the NFL.

Turnovers will be critical, as always. Carolina has the fifth most takeways in the NFL with 16, while Philadelphia leads the NFL in giveaways with 20.

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Week 9 – 11/2/14 – @ Houston Texans

by Andrew Porter

First look at the Eagles: The 5-2 Eagles are coming off as devastating as a loss can get.

Despite 521 yards of offense, the Eagles managed just 20 points thanks to two red zone turnovers, the inability to convert on a goal-line attempt late in the game, and an unfathomable defensive collapse en route to a 24-20 loss to the Cardinals.

While the two losses have been difficult to swallow for the Birds and their fan base, they are only a couple of yards from being 7-0.

First look at the Texans: After three straight losses by a combined 15 points, the Texans bounced back and improved to 4-4 with an impressive 30-16 win over the Titans.

While Ryan Fitzpatrick has certainly not been special for the Texas in the passing game, their offense displays three scary weapons in Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, and DeAndre Hopkins.

And, of course, you can’t forget about their league’s best defensive play maker in J.J. Watt.

First look at the game: Chip Kelly and the 5-2 Eagles head to Houston to take on first-year head coach Bill O’Brien and 4-4 Texans. Coming off a tough loss at Arizona, the Eagles look to rebound while the Texans hope to build off their big win over the Titans.

With Jadeveon Clowney back from injury and the always freighting J.J. Watt, the Eagles o-line will have their hands full against a ferocious Texans defensive front. The Birds hope to get center Jason Kelce back from injury (sports hernia surgery).

On the other side of the ball, the Eagles will want to get out to a quick lead and force Ryan Fitzpatrick to throw the ball because Houston likes to run, as they should, with the NFL’s second leading rusher in Arian Foster. In fact, the Texans are third in the NFL in total rushing yards and just 17th in passing.

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Week 8 – 10/26/14 – @ Arizona Cardinals

by Andrew Porter

First Look at the Eagles: The Eagles are 5-1 coming off their week 7 bye, as they look to get healthy for the last ten games of the season. The Eagles went into the bye on a two-game win streak. They’ve scored 27 points or more in every game this season, except for one, a 26-21 loss at San Francisco.

Philly hopes to get linebacker Mychal Kendricks back on the field. Kendricks has missed the last four games with a calf injury. In the backfield, Chris Polk is recovering from a hamstring injury and Darren Sproles sprained his MCL in the Eagles’ week 6 win over the Giants, leaving the Birds with major question marks in the backfield. Offensive lineman Evan Mathis (sprained MLC) and Jason Kelce (sports hernia surgery) continue to rehab, although both are not expected to play this week.

First Look at the Cardinals: While the Eagles (5-1) are one of the hottest teams in football, the Cardinals, also 5-1, are right there with them. The Cards head into their week 8 matchup with the Birds on a two-game win streak of their own. Their only loss came at Denver and the Cardinals currently sit in first place in a tough NFC West division.

Quarterback Carson Palmer returned from injury two weeks ago against the Redskins and is 2-0, beating the Redskins and Raiders. Palmer has 503 passing yards, four TDs, and one interception in those two wins.

First Look at the game: The Cardinals (5-1) host the Eagles (5-1) on Sunday afternoon at 4:05pm E.T.

The Cardinals’ stingy defense enters week 8 as the eighth ranked defense and is fifth best in points allowed per game (19.8). On the flip side, they will face an Eagles offense that is third in the NFL, scoring 30.5 points per game. Something’s got to give, as they say.

The turnover battle will be crucial in this matchup. The Cards are third in the NFL with a plus-seven turnover differential, while the Eagles are an incomprehensible minus-five for a 5-1 team, fifth worst in the NFL.

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Week 7 – BYE

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Week 6 – 10/12/14 – vs. New York Giants

by Andrew Porter

First Look at the Eagles: The Eagles are coming off a 34-28 win over the Rams, but it wasn’t pretty. Despite holding a 27-point lead late in the third quarter, the Rams had the ball with a chance to win the game on their final drive. Although they came up short and the Eagles ultimately improved to 4-1, there are alarming aspects of the game that is concerning.

Nick Foles threw his fifth interception and lost his third fumble on Sunday. In addition, he was sporadic throughout the game, often throwing difficult passes off his back foot into traffic.

LeSean McCoy, the Eagles most explosive offensive threat and the reigning NFL rushing champ, had 81 yards on 24 carries. Through five games, Shady has just 273 yards rushing and one touchdown, averaging just under three yards per carry.

Defensively, the Eagles continue to be solid up-front, tallying four sacks for the second-straight game. However, the secondary has been well below average, especially corners Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams.

First Look at the Giants: After an 0-2 start, the G-Men are suddenly 3-2 after three straight impressive wins.

The Giants handled the Falcons 30-20 at home in week 5, as they continue to display their slew of offensive weapons. Rookie WR Odell Beckham Jr. made his NFL debut catching four balls for 44 yards and a touchdown. In week 4, the Giants’ TE Larry Donnell caught three touchdowns.

Eli Manning has been brilliant in his previous three games. Against the Falcons, he was 19-30 for 200 yards and two touchdowns. He has eight touchdowns to one interception over that three game span.

On the ground, the Giants have a two-headed monster with Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams. Defensively, the Giants lead the NFL in interceptions with eight and are tied for fourth in the NFL in takeaways with 10.

First Look at the game: The 3-2 Giants come to Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia to face the 4-1 Eagles on Sunday night in a primetime NFC East battle.

This divisional rivalry always brings the best out of the players, coaches, and fans, and this one is sure to be a nail-bitter. The Giants come into the game hot, winners of their last three contests, while the Eagles enter week six facing various offensive question marks despite their impressive 4-1 record.

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Week 5 – 10/5/14 – vs. St. Louis Rams

by Andrew Porter

First look at the Eagles: The Eagles are coming off a devastating 26-21 loss in San Francisco against the 49ers, falling to 3-1 on the season.

The Eagles had the ball 3rd and goal on the SF 1-yard line with two minutes left in the game and failed to score the go-ahead touchdowns, as Nick Foles threw two straight incomplete passes. Behind an offensive line that was missing three of its five starters, the Eagles rushed for only 22 yards on 12 carries. LeSean McCoy had 10 carries for an abysmal 17 yards.

The Eagles got two touchdowns from the special teams unit—a blocked punt for a touchdown by Trey Burton and a punt return touchdown by Darren Sproles.

First look at the Rams: The 1-2 Rams are coming off a bye week after blowing a 21-0 lead in their week 3 loss against the Cowboys.

The Rams’ quarterbacks Austin Davis, who is playing for the injured Sam Bradford, had his best game of the season in week 3 throwing for 327 yards and three touchdowns. The Rams’ most dynamic playmaker is RB Zac Stacy.

First look at the game: The Eagles host the Rams Sunday at 1:00pm, coming off a tough road loss while the Rams are coming off a bye. St. Louis enters 1-2, allowing 155 rushing yards per game, third worst in the NFL. However, offensively the Eagles are 26th in the NFL averaging only 87 yards rushing per game, as they have been dealing with an injured offensive line all season long.

The Eagles will be the considerable favorite at home, as they look to improve to 4-1 on the season.

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Week 4 – 9/28/14 – @ San Francisco 49ers

by Andrew Porter

First Look At The Eagles: The Eagles became the first team to erase three straight double-digit deficits to win three straight games in NFL history on Sunday. They enter week 4 as only one of three teams still unbeaten (3-0).

It was a drama filled divisional battle, but ultimately the Eagles edged out the Redskins 37-34 behind their leader Nick Foles. Foles was blind-sided by Redskins defensive lineman Chris Baker late in the game. Jason Peters, sticking up for his quarterback, went after Baker immediately and both Baker and Peters were ejected.

Foles finished the game 27-41, 325 yards, three touchdowns and no turnovers. Jeremy Maclin and Jordan Matthews each caught eight balls, combining for three touchdown receptions between the two of them, Matthews with two of them.

On the ground, the Eagles were stifled as McCoy only had 22 yards on 19 carries. Center Jason Kelce left the game in the first half with an abdomen injury, to go along with the Peters suspension, depleting the Eagles’ offensive line.

Defensively, Kirk Cousins and the Redskins racked up 427 yards through the air. DeSean Jackson had five catches for 117 yards, including a 81-yard touchdown in his return to Philly. While neither team was able to record a sack, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins came up with a huge fourth quarter interception for the second week in a row.

First Look At The 49ers: The 49ers are coming off a disappointing 24-20 loss, as they were upset by the Cardinals in Arizona in week 3. The 49ers fell 1-2 on the season.

It was evenly matched for the most part as the Cardinals finished with only 20 more total yards than the Niners (338 to 318). However, the Cardinals were better late, out-scoring the 49ers 17-0 in the second-half. Nine penalties totaling 107 yards hurt the Niners.

The 49ers’ scariest weapon Colin Kapernick completed 29 of 37 passes for 245 yards and a touchdown and ran for another 54 in the loss, while Frank Gore tallied a measly 10 yards on six carries. Niners tight end Vernon Davis did not play (left ankle).

A banged up 49ers defense gave up 244 yards passing and two touchdowns to the inexperienced Drew Stanton. The Cardinals had one sack, while the Niners had none.

First Look At The Game: The Niners are reeling following two straight losses at home against the Bears at the Cardinals, while the Eagles go into San Fran with a ton of momentum as one of the league’s three 3-0 teams.

The Eagles enter week 3 as the sixth best offense in the NFL, second-best in terms of points per game (33.7). On the flip side, the Niners are the 19th ranked offense and tied for 20th in terms of points per game (20.7).

However, the Niners are among the best defensive teams in the NFL (8th in yards allowed), despite injuries to some key players. It will be a true test for the Eagles on the road against a tough, angry 49ers team that does not want to fall to 1-3.

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Week 3 – 9/21/14 – vs. Washington Redskins

by Andrew Porter

First Look At The Eagles: The Eagles have led for less than seven of 120 minutes in their first two games of the season, but they’re 2-0, becoming the first team in NFL history to comeback from two straight 10-plus point deficits to open a season.

The Eagles are coming off an emotional 30-27 win over the Colts, the biggest win of Chip Kelly’s NFL coaching career. While the receivers struggled, running back Darren Sproles—a new addition the Eagles’ acquired in the offseason from the Saints for a fifth-round draft pick—racked up 152 receiving yards against the Colts.

Defensively, the Eagles uncharacteristically allowed 169 yards rushing on 38 carries, but impressively shutdown Andrew Luck and the Colts’ dangerous passing attack. Luck finished just 20-34 for 172 yards, three touchdowns, and one crucial interception late in the game to Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins.

Rookie kicker Cody Parkey drilled the game-winning 36-yard field goal as time expired.

First Look At The Redskins: The Redskins are coming off a dominating 41-10 blowout win over the Jaguars improving to 1-1 on the season, but not without some significant injuries.

Quarterback Robert Griffin III left the game early with a dislocated ankle and it looks like he will miss significant time. Former Eagles, now Redskins, wide receiver DeSean Jackson suffered a sprained AC joint in his shoulder and his status is uncertain.

Kirk Cousins replaced RGIII at quarterback and was excellent, finishing 22-33 for 250 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensively, the Skins allowed just 148 total yards against a bad Jaguars offense.

First Look At The Game: Former Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson makes his return to Philadelphia with Washington on Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial. In this divisional rivalry, it is expected to be an intense and emotional game.

The Eagles were 2-0 against the Redskins last season under Chip Kelly, but have yet to face QB Kirk Cousins who will make his first start of the season on Sunday.

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Week 2 – 9/15/14 – @ Indianapolis Colts

by Andrew Porter

First Look At The Eagles: It was a tale of two halves for Nick Foles and the Eagles against the Jaguars on Sunday. After falling behind 17-0 in the first half, in large part to three turnovers by Foles, the Eagles fought back to score 34 unanswered second-half points, en route to a 34-17 win and a 1-0 start.

Darren Sproles shined in his first game as an Eagle, igniting the team with a 49-yard 4th and 1 touchdown run. Defensively, the Eagles held the Jags to 2-14 on third downs, including an 0-9 stretch at one point. Individually, Mychal Kendricks lead the team with six tackles, a sack, and a pass deflected, while Brandon Graham had an impressive four tackles of his own.

First Look At The Colts: The Colts are coming off a comeback effort of their own, except unlike the Birds, the Colts fell just short and couldn’t pull off the win. Opening the season on Sunday night at Denver against Peyton Manning and the defending AFC Champs is no easy task. Falling behind 24-0 in the first half, just made matters worse. To their credit, Andrew Luck and the Colts fought back, but ultimately lost 31-24 in their season opener.

While the Colts offense produced over 400 yards of total offense, only 54 of them came on the ground. Also, their offensive line allowed three sacks, and Luck committed two turnovers. Reggie Wayne caught nine balls for 98 yards in his first game back after suffering an ACL injury last season.

Defensively, the Colts were picked apart early by the reigning NFL MVP Peyton Manning.

First Look At The Game: The Eagles will travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts on Monday Night Football in week 2. Expect the Birds to be slight underdogs in a hostile environment, as the Colts look to avoid starting the season 0-2.

The Eagles head into the game uncertain about their offensive line, after All-Pro left guard Evan Mathis and right tackle Allen Barbre both left Sunday’s victory with injuries and reserve Matt Tobin was inactive after getting banged up in the club’s final preseason game.

Colts defensive end Robert Mathis continues to serve his four game suspension to start the season.

 

Week 1 – 9/7/14 – vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

by Andrew Porter

First Look At The Eagles: The Eagles head into the 2014 season with high expectations, under second-year head coach Chip Kelly. Kelly, shockingly, lead the Eagles to a 10-6 record and a NFC East division title in his first NFL season.

On offense, quarterback Nick Foles enters the season as the clear-cut starter for the first time in his young career, after throwing 27 touchdowns and only two interceptions in 2013. While Foles has lost his most explosive wideout in DeSean Jackson (released), the Eagles have added all-purpose scat back Darren Sproles (acquired from New Orleans), rookie receiver Jordan Matthews, and Jeremy Maclin—who is back from injury.

And I didn’t even mention the reigning NFL rushing champ LeSean McCoy, nor the talented 6’5” tight-ends Zach Ertz and Brent Celek.

On defense, the Eagles will begin their second straight campaign under Billy Davis’ and his 3-4 scheme. Key acquisitions include safety Malcolm Jenkins and rookie outside linebacker Marcus Smith.

First Look At The Jaguars: The Jags enter the 2014 season coming off a putrid 4-12 season under their own first-year head coach, Gus Bradley.

The Jags drafted quarterback Blake Bortles from the University of Central Florida, with the third overall pick. Bortles has been excellent in preseason, but the Jags have yet to announce whether they will go with him or Chad Henne against the Birds.

In the offseason, the Jags lost their most talented offensive player in Maurice Jones-Drew, but signed former Vikings back-up back Toby Gerhart to replace him. At receiver, the Jags drafted former USC WR Marqise Lee and former Penn State WR Allen Robinson, to go along with veterans WR Cecil Shorts and TE Mercedes Lewis.

On defense, the Jags look to improve after giving up 28.1 points per game in 2013.

How? They’ve added two Super Bowl champion defensive ends this offseason, in Chris Clemons and Red Bryant, as well as former Bucs LB Dekoda Watson, to bolster their pass rush. The Jaguars’ 31 sacks in 2013 was tied for worst in all of football.

First Look At The Game: This is expected to be the most lopsided NFL game of week, if you ask Vegas. The Eagles are 10.5 point favorites according to Sportsbook.ag, and at home, so they should be able to handle the Jags.

The matchup to keep an eye on is the Eagles’ offensive line against the new and improved Jaguars pass rush. With Eagles second-year offensive lineman Lane Johnson suspended for the first four-games of the season (performance enhancing drugs), Allen Barbre will have to step in fill the void at right-tackle. Allen will be tested right off the bat against Clemons, Bryant, and the Jags.

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