Philadelphia Eagles football is finally back. Take a moment for that to sink in.
The Eagles kick off their 2014 season today on Sunday, September 7th, 2014 by facing a Jacksonville Jaguars team that went 4-12 in 2013. It's no surprise that the Eagles are big favorites heading into this game. They're the team that went 10-6 (and 7-1 down the stretch) and qualified for a playoff spot by winning the NFC East.
But while the Eagles are favored, some worry about Philadelphia falling into a trap game much like they did last year against the Minnesota Vikings. Perhaps that's just anxiety talking. In any case, I'm here to tell you that the Jaguars will not be a trap for the Eagles. I just don't see how Philadelphia could possibly overlook their first game of the season. They've had more than enough time to prepare for this one.
There are a number of factors working in Philadelphia's favor and against Jacksonville, aside from the fact the Eagles seem to be more talented across the board. The Jaguars will be without starting wide receiver Cecil Shorts III, which leaves the team with only four active wide receivers. Three of those four are rookies. Veteran quarterback Chad Henne will be starting for the Jaguars. Many feel Henne doesn't give the Jaguars as good of a chance to win as top rookie draft pick Blake Bortles.
Last, and certainly not least, the game is held in Philadelphia so the Birds will have home field advantage which has seemingly been restored at Lincoln Financial Field.
No excuses to lose. Get it done.
Score prediction: 34-17, Eagles win and cover the 10.5 spread. At least one Jaguars touchdown is scored in garbage time.
Bold prediction: Nose tackle Bennie Logan records 2 sacks.