Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles- 9/7/14
Jacksonville Jaguars (4-12) at Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Lincoln Financial Field)
The Line: Philadelphia Eagles -11.5 -- Over/Under: 51.5 See the Latest Odds
The Jaguars look to claw their way back into relevance in the AFC South as they start their 2014 campaign on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been a league doormat over the last couple of seasons and while they have had some talented players they haven’t been able to sniff the playoffs in quite some time. As such the team landed a top three draft pick and selected Blake Bortles to be the new face of their franchise as the former UFC quarterback competes with Chad Henne to be the team’s starter this season. The Jags parted ways with ling time running Maurice Jones-Drew and signed former Heisman nominee and Vikings backup Toby Gerhart who finally gets a shot to be an every down back after fading away behind Adrian Peterson in Minnesota. The Jags have some other players on the offensive side of things as Cecil Shorts and Marcedes Lewis remain with the team but beyond that the Jags are going to struggle and should be in a much similar position next season as they’re poised for another top end draft pick. Jacksonville heads to the road to face an Eagles team that is favoured to run away with the NFC East and one that will be hungry to put points on the board early and often on Sunday.
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The Eagles are the favourites to win the NFC East as they possess the most complete team in the division but with some question marks surrounding their receiving corps after Desean Jackson left and the uncertainty behind just how good Nick Foles is leave their advantage open to interpretation. There is no question Lesean McCoy is one of the best players in the game and the availability of Darren Sproles, Riley Cooper, and Jeremy Maclin could make this offense a home run but we will have to see how things play out before we can anoint the Eagles as an NFC contender. Philly does open with a very favourable matchup as I think Chip Kelly’s offensive scheme will lay rest to any upset attempt brought on by the Jags and while a double digit spread on the opening weekend is never something you feel confident about I just don’t see how the Jags stay competitive here. I think the Eagles offense will look to put on a clinic and without any feasible attempt at slowing them down I think the Eagles fly away here as big time victors.