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The Philadelphia Eagles 2014 NFL season opener is just hours away. As the excitement builds, I thought it would be fun to have a prediction contest here at Bleeding Green Nation.

The winner of this contest gets bragging rights and I'll mention them in tomorrow's edition of The Linc and on Twitter. The stakes have never been higher!

Here is how it works. You will predict the following:

1) the first offensive play the Eagles will run/attempt to execute
2) the first player on defense (not special teams) who will make a tackle
3) how the team's first touchdown will be scored (if you think one will be scored)

Offensive Play Prediction Guidelines: Try to be as specific as you can on what you think the Eagles' first offensive play will be. Don't just say "pass play" or "run play". Instead, say "Foles throws a deep bomb to Jeremy Maclin for 50 yards" or "LeSean McCoy runs up the middle and for a seven yard gain." You can also predict incompletions, interceptions, fumbles, touchdowns, and even a safety if you really think that will happen on the first offensive play!

Defensive Tackle Prediction Guidelines: Predicting the first defensive play is much more obscure, so this one is a simpler category -- project who you think will make the team's first tackle that does not come on special teams or a returned interception/fumble.

First Touchdown Against Jacksonville: If you do not think the Eagles will score a touchdown, then say "no touchdowns" as your answer (but why would you do that?). Otherwise, predict how you think the Eagles' first touchdown will be scored, along with the person(s) who will score. You can predict it to be on offense, defense, or special teams. If you predict a passing touchdown, name both the quarterback and the receiver.

Use this format for your responses:

First Offensive Play:
First Defensive Tackle:
First Touchdown:


BLG's predictions:

First Offensive Play: LeSean McCoy runs left for a 6-yard gain.
First Defensive Tackle: OLB Trent Cole
First Touchdown: Zach Ertz 14-yard TD catch