We are minutes away from seeing the finale to the second week of the NFL season. The Philadelphia Eagles have gone on the road to play the Indianapolis Colts in the latter’s home opener.
The Colts are looking avoid starting the season 0-2 after falling short to the reigning AFC champions, the Denver Broncos. Indy’s defense struggled early against Denver and Philadelphia has the team that can exploit that. However, the Eagles needed a miraculous second half last week against another AFC South team in the Jacksonville Jaguars. After being down 17-0 in the first half, the Eagles scored 34 unanswered to pull off the stunning comeback. The Eagles offense had a tougher time than expected running the ball and Nick Foles had a tough time playing mistake free.
What this all means for tonight is we are going to see two teams looking to get off to a good start. Look for Chuck Pagano to get Andrew Luck off to an efficient start early against a porous Eagles secondary. On the opposite side of the ball, look for the Colts to blitz Foles, challenging him to beat them under pressure with a banged up offensive line.
For the Eagles, expect a lot the play to go through their two speedy (shady) running backs. LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles will be a handful. Also, expect them to get the ball of Foles’ hands quickly with that hurting offensive line. Defensively, the Eagles are going to get creative with their schemes and blitzes trying to confusing Andrew Luck. They know they can bottle up Trent Richardson and that Indy running game.
Expectation: Andrew Luck gets hot late as he always does and proves to be too much for the Eagles secondary. The Eagles try to go too fast a little too often and find that one or two mistakes will kill them. The Colts win in a shootout 34-28.