The Eagles are set to take on the Jaguars in Doug Pederson’s return to Philly. While the team has been hitting on all cylinders so far, the rain and the Jaguars run defense could present a big problem for the Birds. Here is our staff’s predictions of how the game will turn out in the South Philly rain.
The weather conditions will play a huge factor in who will win this game. Philadelphia had the top rushing attack in the league last season but that hasn’t been the case yet this year. They’ll be going up against a stifling defensive line that ranks first in the league against the run.
I would expect Philly to find a way to use the run to help open up the field for play-action. Taking advantage of Goedert and Brown in the middle of the field will be huge as well. This will be the first big test of the season for Philly and the added weather conditions can show us how for real this team really is.
Never underestimate a coach who is playing against his former team. The Eagles have looked dominant on both sides of the ball to this point but a slip-up is understandably coming. Better to have it on Sunday than against an NFC opponent
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Eagles ride the best OL in football in a sloppy weather day and rush for over 200 yards. Trey Sermon scores his first TD in midnight green as Philly moves to 4-0.
Eagles 27, Jags 17
If the Eagles are a team that expects to compete for a conference championship or a Super Bowl, they should be able to win a home game against a good team who probably isn’t ready to take the next step into contention. The Eagles win an ugly one.
Eagles 28, Jaguars 23
Weather affects throwing the ball down field, kickers miss field goals, birds win a sloppy one.
This may be the toughest opponent of the young season. Jacksonville is the leading candidate for most improved team from last, with a surprising 2-1 record a divisional lead.
I think Philly just has more talent on the roster than the Jaguars do. However, with Doug Pederson leading the ship in Duval county, the Jags will come out strong and the Eagles (literally and figuratively) have to weather the storm.
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