The Philadelphia Eagles were among the league’s worst last season, prompting owner Jeffrey Lurie to fire longtime head coach, Andy Reid and eventually hiring Chip Kelly as his replacement.
Kelly was the mastermind behind the Oregon Ducks‘ potent, quick-strike offense, and the Eagles are hoping that he can mold this offense the same way. With the dawning of a new era in Philadelphia, the players are working diligently to learn Kelly’s fast paced offense, but will they have a full grasp by the time the season opener rolls around on September 8?
As always, the Eagles will be playing the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and Washington Redskins twice this season. Division rivalries are always exciting and the game can go either way, no matter what the team’s records are. The Cowboys are a talented team with various weapons on both sides of the ball; I think the Eagles are going to struggle with the Cowboys in both matchups this year.
Philadelphia will open their season against the Redskins, who are hoping their shifty quarterback will be ready to play. Depending on the status of Robert Griffin III, the Eagles have a shot at winning the season opener against Washington. As the season goes on, I think Griffin will begin playing like he did last season and in the second matchup between these two teams, and Washington will prevail.
The Giants are one of the teams in the NFC East that are unpredictable. When they look like they have a Super Bowl-caliber roster, they falter miserably. I think the Eagles are going to split the season series with the Giants this year, leaving the Eagles with two wins and four losses in division games.
The rest of the Eagles wins for this season will come against the Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions. Keeping that in mind, I’m predicting the final record for the 2013 Eagles team is going to be 7-9. I think the Eagles are going to need at least one or two seasons of Kelly drafting the players he needs to run his fast-paced offense effectively.