Alas, the NFL season is finally among us as the last ticks of Labor Day passes by. To those who had the day off and enjoyed themselves, Congrats! I was not on the same boat as I was stuck at work. But I did treated myself to ice cream and was kept busy preparing for my fantasy draft. As quoted from The League, “God bless fantasy football. There are many things a man can do with his time. This… is better than those things.” But enough about me, the turn of Labor Day signifies the leaves will soon be changing, pumpkin-spiced everything will be splurging about. But most importantly, the revival of football.
The Eagles will open their season against the Atlanta Falcons on a Monday Night Showdown at the Georgia Dome. The Matt Ryan-led high-octane offense will look to give the Eagles some fits, as a new head coach signifies a start of a new era under management’s belt. The Falcon also announced their starting running back in rookie Tevin Coleman.
My prediction: the Falcons will not have everything on the same page on such short notice and will not be able to complete their task. The Eagles will prevail.
Sure it is no easy task to steal a win at an opponent’s home field, as the Birds went 4-4 overall against teams on their home field last year, but then again, this is not the same Eagles team of last year, or any year for quite some time. With the abundance of talent, many critics have the Eagles winning upward of 11 games and being a legitimate Super Bowl contender. But let’s not get too far ahead.
After all, just when we thought the third-string quarterback was a battle between Tim Tebow and Matt Barkley, they both lost out and Stephen Morris came blossoming in.
Anyways. Back on topic. We will finally get to see how Sam Bradford performs in a full game. If his last preseason stint, where he went 10 for 10 for 121 yards and three touchdown is a green light pointing our way, Philly fans should have full confidence he will be able to get the job done. Health is the number one concern for Bradford, as he has rehabbed through two ACL injuries. Bradford will take the team far as long as he can stay on the field.
The Eagles got some additional good news. According to NJ.com, Zach Ertz was cleared to practice. He has been rehabbing from a groin injury. It doesn’t look like coach Chip Kelly will throw him in full throttle, as he has been very conservative with injuries, but from the looks of it, Ertz will be a game-time decision.
With the massive amounts of criticism on the revamped Eagles roster, people are wondering if the depth of the Eagles is ripe or is it all hype. One thing is for sure, they will have much to prove it on the field and it starts on Monday..