By Max Zelenko on September 4, 2014
Here we go. The NFL season is officially upon us, and the Philadelphia Eagles open up at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon. On paper, the Eagles are clear favorites heading into Week 1, but Jacksonville will be coming to play. Here are five matchups to watch during Week 1.
Jacksonville invested a lot in Gerhart and made him their every down back. The Eagles were fantastic against the run in 2013, making it a good test for Gerhart to begin his workhorse campaign in 2014.
We all know Henne is on a short leash, with Blake Bortles breathing up his neck. Philadelphia’s secondary struggled mightily last season, but should be improved this year. That being said, Henne has good potential to put up decent numbers in Week 1.
Offensive mind vs. defensive mind. On paper, Kelly would seem to have a clear edge, but Bradley comes from Seattle’s school of defense. So look for Jacksonville to throw Kelly’s offense some curveballs.
He could be matched up with multiple players on the Jags, but whoever it is, all eyes will be on Maclin, as he will be suiting up for the first time since 2012.
It is not even worth writing “Jacksonville’s Front-7” as the Jaguars linebackers will have to have big games if they want a chance at stopping Philly’s offense. Shutting down McCoy is the key, so Paul Posluszny and Geno Hayes need to bring their A-games.
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