Week 2 of the 2014 NFL regular season is here and the Eagles will be traveling to Indianapolis to be hosted by the Colts in Lucas Oil Stadium under the spotlight that is Monday Night Football. The Eagles are coming off of a 34-17 victory against the Jaguars where they made an incredible second half comeback and they’re looking to take a 2-0 start to their season. Philadelphia’s first half performance against the Jaguars was embarrassing and riddled with injury. They lost two starting offensive linemen, Evan Mathis and Allen Barbre. Barbre will need season ending surgery on his ankle and Mathis has an MCL sprain that will keep him out for 4 to 8 weeks. It also doesn’t help that Lane Johnson is still serving his suspension for using illegal substances and his play is much needed now as we move into Week 2 of the season.
The loss of O line depth has been a panic issue for fans, worrying about the ability of the offense without Barbe and Mathis. In their places, the Eagles have signed OL Kevin Graf from the practice squad and veteran Guard/Center Wade Smith as replacements for Mathis and Barbre. RB LeSean McCoy speaks about his offensive line saying, “I’m confident in my offensive line, that’s for sure.” The injuries to their O-line don’t seem to have an affect McCoy’s attitude. Really you have to always be confident in your team’s ability or else you’re setting yourself up for failure already.
Eagles’ Head Coach Chip Kelly talked about Colts QB Andrew Luck, calling him the “smartest guy you’re gonna go against, can make every throw and can do so much in the pocket.” Kelly also went on to say that “Luck is why in every game the Colts have a shot….He really has the whole package.” Luck was the No. 1 overall pick in 2012 for a reason and there is no way he will take mercy on the Eagles if we start the first half against the Colts like we did against the Jaguars. Fans are looking to Foles to play his best throughout all four quarters of the game in order to compete with Luck’s astonishing passing offense. Eagles’ WR Jeremy Maclin says that Foles “stays poised. When he faces adversity he stays poised and that’s what you want to see out of your leader and quarterback.”
Monday night’s game is a guaranteed showdown between Luck and Foles and the victor will go to whichever team’s defense shows up the most. The Eagles biggest advantage over the Colts is their run game, which the Colts don’t seem to have. RBs LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles will be key to an Eagles’ win be sure to watch out for the two backs because you may miss something if you blink.