Just a few more hours and we will have Eagles Football. Later today they finally take the field, when they take on the Patriots in New England at 4:25. The start of what will hopefully be just as good of a season for the Eagles as last year was. Only this time they will try for a happier ending. But before they can get there, they need to win week 1. And as Nick Sirianni loves to say over and over again, this team takes everything one week at a time.
The Eagles were 3.5-point favorites to open the week. That grew to 4-point favorites by Friday, when this article was written. But will they start out the season on a high note? Yesterday we already talked about some of the Patriots players who could give the Eagles a hard time. They have their work cut out for them containing Rhamondre Stevenson, are facing one of the best pass-rushing teams in the NFL besides themselves, and feature a prolific return man threat.
But now that we have discussed the areas of concern, we can get to the matchups that are very favorable to the Eagles. To start, the Patriots’ offense, despite a dangerous back like Stevenson, has struggled to score the last two years. They finished 17th in the NFL last year with 21.4 points per game. Since Mac Jones joined the team, they are 0-11 when they allow 25 points or more. So a high-powered offensive game would very much benefit the Eagles.
But can the Eagles put up big numbers like that, while also keeping the Patriots off the board? Will they leave week 1 with a win, or are they on upset alert? Let’s find out.
Here are 3 matchups that suggest the Eagles should have a big advantage over the Patriots in today’s game: