The Philadelphia Eagles offense has been improving each week, and it seems like it will never slow down, literally. The Eagles will face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday night, and there will be a few things to watch as the offense takes the field.
First and foremost, we will need to see if Michael Vick continues to impress. Vick has looked great all preseason and would like to continue that as the regular season approaches. The Jaguars’ talent on defense is very slim and they really have no playmakers on that side of the ball. It’s a team that is a work in progress, but new head coach Gus Bradley might be able to stop Vick’s preseason success.
Bradley was probably going to be the newest Eagles head coach before Chip Kelly was offered the job. He is an extremely intelligent football coach that may be able to checkmate Kelly and his high-tempo offense. However, at this point Bradley simply does not have the talent to do so. So, Vick and the Eagles passing game should be able to dominate the Jaguars’ secondary.
Another thing to keep a close eye on is to see how Bradley will make his defense defend the read-option. This is the same coach that was able to stop Robert Griffin III in the playoffs last season, so he knows a thing or two about that package. The read-option is the Eagles’ bread-and-butter play, and it should result in a good amount of yardage this season.
Yet, the Jaguars shouldn’t be able to beat the Eagles up front in the read-option package, especially with the whole starting offensive line back in the mix.
The weather may also be a hurdle for the offense. It looks like there may be some rain heading into the Jacksonville area tomorrow night, so we might be able to see how Kelly’s offense is executed in the rain. The humidity will also increase throughout the game, so the endurance is something to watch for as the Eagles take the field.
We already know that the Eagles’ high-tempo offense strictly requires everyone on the team to have excellent stamina, so a different change in the weather might be worth watching.
This should be a good game to watch, but the Eagles simply are a better team than the Jaguars, and should prove that Saturday night. There should be no reason to see them fall short in tomorrow’s game. If Vick and company can execute Kelly’s offense like they did the last two games, we should see improvement as the regular season gets closer.
Sonny Bryan is a Philadelphia Eagles writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @SonnyBryan50