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Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Philadelphia Eagles: 5 Bold Predictions For Week 1 Game

Jaguars vs. Eagles: 5 Bold Predictions For Week 1 Game

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The Jacksonville Jaguars will take on the Philadelphia Eagles in a Week 1 matchup. An improved Jaguars defense will look to slow down the high-flying Eagles offense. With that said, here are five bold predictions for the game between the Jaguars and the Eagles.

5. Toby Gerhart Will Have At Least 100 Yards Rushing

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5. Toby Gerhart Will Have At Least 100 Yards Rushing

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The Jaguars signed Gerhart this past offseason to be the team's workhorse at running back following the departure of Maurice Jones-Drew. With mediocre quarterback Chad Henne and a slew of rookie receivers on offense, the Jaguars should lean on Gerhart against the Eagles. It will not be an easy task for the fifth-year back; as bad as the Eagles' defense was against the pass last season, they finished 10th in the league in run defense in 2013.

4. LeSean McCoy Will Have Over 150 Yards of Total Offense

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4. LeSean McCoy Will Have Over 150 Yards of Total Offense

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McCoy led the league in rushing with 1,607 yards in his first year in coach Chip Kelly's offense, and he will look to be even better in year two. The Jaguars have improved from the defense that finished 29th in the NFL in run defense a year ago, but McCoy is arguably the most talented runner in the league. He put up at least 150 yards of total offense an astonishing eight times in 2013.

3. Allen Hurns Will Lead the Jaguars in Receiving

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3. Allen Hurns Will Lead the Jaguars in Receiving

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Not only did undrafted free agent Allen Hurns lead the Jaguars in receiving this preseason, but he led the entire league in receiving with 232 yards. Hurns will likely be the Jaguars' third or fourth receiver in Sunday's game, but with fellow rookie Allen Robinson still working his way back from an injury, the opportunities should be there for Hurns against a porous Eagles' secondary.

2. The Eagles Will Record At Least 5 Sacks

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2. The Eagles Will Record At Least 5 Sacks

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The Eagles finished with a pedestrian 37 sacks last season, good for just 20th in the league, but the Jaguars will be playing with a young offensive line that is not completely healthy right now. On top of that, the Jaguars' Jacques McClendon will be making his first career start at center, which is not exactly a recipe for success.

1. The Jaguars Will Win

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1. The Jaguars Will Win

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On paper, all signs point to an Eagles victory, but these are called bold predictions for a reason. The Jaguars are a team that a lot of people overlook, which is exactly why they are the perfect team to pull off an upset in Week 1.

K.J. Momberg is the Jacksonville Jaguars writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @k_momberg or add him to your network on Google.