On Sunday afternoon the Philadelphia Eagles will host the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lincoln Financial Field in the first game of their 2014 season. It’s been eight months since we last saw the Eagles on the field when they were beaten in the closing seconds of the Wild Card round by the New Orleans Saints.
Since then the Eagles have brought in some help for their secondary and finally found a real kicker, but the biggest change has been that of heightened expectations. Philly is now the consensus favorite to win their division and they’re expected to make a deep playoff run.
But first… the Jaguars. Here are five bold predictions for Sunday’s season opener:
1. Nick Foles throws for over 400 yards
Is he a franchise quarterback or not?
Was last season the real deal, or was it a fluke?
Foles has a lot of questions to answer this season, but there should be no doubt in anybody’s mind that he will have a big game against Jacksonville. Last season the Jags gave up over 247 passing yards per game, which ranked them 26th overall in pass defense. They haven’t exactly overhauled their secondary since then so there’s no reason why Foles shouldn’t go off.
— First Take (@FirstTake) September 3, 2014
Foles had a somewhat shaky preseason but he came out alright in the end. In a lot of ways this is the ideal matchup to start the season: there’s not a lot of pressure on, so he will be able to find a rhythm and build his confidence going forward.