Well Eagles fans, the time is here! That’s right, we now have our Philadelphia Eagles back and we are more poised than ever to win the Super Bowl. The Eagles (as every true philly fan will tell you) are serious contenders for the Super Bowl and they came into Week 1 of the 2014 regular season with very high expectations. Eagles fans wore their green and white on Sunday, ready to watch their team demolish the Jacksonville Jaguars. Confidence wreaked from seats of Lincoln Financial Field and Jacksonville quickly aired out the smell in the first half. The Jaguars had a 17-0 lead at the end of the first half and the Eagles ran into their locker room with the fans booing so loudly that they were shaking the stadium. Nick Foles had three turnovers at the end of the half, one of which was an interception, the same amount of turnovers he allowed ALL OF LAST SEASON, but fans would be foolish to demand Foles be pulled even after a shaky first half. Foles also appeared injured at one point in the game,but was cleared and able to play on, thankfully. If it weren’t for the Eagles defense, the game would have been much worse than just a 17 point deficit, it’d be damn near impossible to come back from.
Chip Kelly managed to rally the Eagles not with an outrageous speech or a burst of rage, but by calming the team down and getting them to refocus. “We weren’t throwing chairs or anything during halftime. It was, ‘Hey, settle down’ … we didn’t execute very well during the first half, but fortunately for us we executed in the second half.” Kelly said about the half time.
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The Eagles looked like a completely different team in the second half as they put on an amazing comeback, scoring 34 unanswered points, to win the game 34-17 The spark the Eagles needed was ignited by new RB Darren Sproles, who ran a 49 yard touchdown on a 4th and 1 play. Nick Foles looked like the quarterback we knew and loved as he finished the game 27/45 with 322, 2 TD, and 1 INT. RB LeSean McCoy finished with 74 rushing yds on 21 carries and RB Darren Sproles rushed for 71 yds on 11 carries and scored on a 49 yd TD run. WR Jeremy Maclin and TE Zach Ertz lead the Eagles’s receivers for a combined 7 receptions for 174 yds and 2 TD.
It wasn’t all good news that came from Sunday’s 34-17 victory against the Jaguars as there were plenty of injuries to report. Eagles offensive linemen Evan Mathis and Allen Barbre left the game with injuries and did not return. Mathis, who represented the Eagles in last year’s Pro Bowl, was diagnosed with a left knee injury after RB LeSean McCoy was tackled and landed on Mathis’ legs. Barbre, who injured his right ankle, is a huge loss to the Eagles’ offensive line because he was already a replacement for Lane Johnson, due to a suspension for illegal substance abuse, and now there is little depth in Philadelphia’s offensive line. Foles was sacked 5 times in the first half and it definitely had something to do with the injuries to the line of men in front of him.
Regardless of the injuries, all is good in Philly and we are still hopeful that our Eagles will win the almighty Super Bowl. The Eagles’ next game takes place on Monday Sept 15th against the Colts in Indianapolis and we will need everyone in Philly drenched in green to cheer them on.
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