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Colts vs. Eagles 2014: Game Predictions

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It's Eagles-Colts game day. Who are you taking to win?

Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA TODAY Sports

What are the 2014 Philadelphia Eagles really about?

That's a question the team will have the chance to answer tonight when they take on the Colts in Indianapolis on Monday Night Football.

Last week the Eagles showed their worst and best (in that order) in the course of a single game in their 34-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Eagles offense was non-existent in the first half. Nick Foles struggled to hit wide open receivers and ended up turning over the ball three times. Things changed for the better in the second half after Darren Sproles' 49-yard touchdown run sparked the team. Philadelphia went on to score 34 unanswered points for a come-from-behind win.

While Philadelphia's efforts were certainly impressive, it helped that they were facing a lowly Jaguars team. The Colts are bound to be a stiffer test, especially since they're at home. Indianapolis is never out of a game with quarterback Andrew Luck. If the Eagles can manage to beat the Colts, it'll be the first time Luck has lost back-to-back games since his redshirt year at Stanford. That's impressive.

Just because the Colts haven't lost back-to-back games doesn't mean they can't. The Eagles offense is primed to have a big performance against this vulnerable Colts defense if Foles can manage to rebound like he has in the past. Zach Ertz could have a big day with Colts starting inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman having been ruled out. Freeman is the best cover linebacker on the Indianapolis roster.

On the other hand, the Eagles' offensive line is an obvious concern. All-Pro starting left guard Evan Mathis and fill-in starter right tackle Allen Barbre are both out after being placed on injured reserve last week (Mathis is designated to return). It appears that Andrew Gardner will start at right tackle while either one of Dennis Kelly or veteran Wade Smith will get the nod at left guard. Can this unit hold up or will they be a liability?

Philadelphia's defense looked solid in Week 1. Sure, it was only the Jaguars, but they were really effective at getting off the field on third down. Jacksonville only converted twice on fourteen attempts. The only two touchdown drives the Eagles allowed came on short fields due to offensive turnovers.

Let's not forget about special teams. The coverage units looked excellent. Donnie Jones is still good at pinning opponents deep and rookie Cody Parkey has proven he can kick the ball deep enough to register touchbacks on kickoffs. Oh, and he can actually make deep field goals too.

I'm optimistic about the Eagles chances but I think it's going to be a good game. I've said that ever since the 2014 schedule came out.

Let's hope it lives up to the hype.


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Score prediction: 31-28, Eagles win.
Bold prediction: Cody Parkey game-winning field goal from 50+ yards against his former team as time expires.