TV Schedule: Sunday, Sept. 7, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field
Weather: 78 high, 61 low
Line: Philadelphia (-10.5)
Head coach Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles are looking to build off of a successful season in 2013. The Eagles finished the regular season with a 10-6 record and made the playoffs. Not to mention, QB Nick Foles emerged in a big way.
Foles threw for 2,891 yards and 27 touchdowns. Here’s the kicker: He only played in 13 games and only had two interceptions. You would imagine teams will be more prepared for him in 2014, but he is still a great quarterback and is one season away from being elite. Well, one really good season away from being elite. Maybe two.
The Eagles also have a terrific running back in LeSean McCoy. McCoy led the league with 1,607 rushing yards last season.
Turning the ball over to the Jacksonville Jaguars, they are coming off of a 4-12 record. Unfortunately, who knows if they will be any better in 2014. Fans can certainly look forward to the future with the addition of QB Blake Bortles, but this team has A LOT of work to do before it can even think about making the playoffs.
Hopefully players like WR Marqise Lee and RB Toby Gerhart will be able to make an instant impact for Jacksonville, but it is hard to see how this team can possibly outscore the likes of a Chip Kelly-coached offense. It doesn’t help the Jaguars’ cause that they will have to travel on the road.
Chad Henne, hopefully you have a big game in you because your team desperately needs it in Week 1. Side note: Henne threw for 3,241 yards, 13 TDs and 14 INTs last year.
PREDICTION: Jaguars 17, Eagles 42