Eagles vs. Browns: Bold Predictions for the Eagles Defense

Zachary ArthurCorrespondent IISeptember 6, 2012

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 17:  Trent Cole #58 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates a sack against Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 17, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles are three days away from taking to the road and playing the Cleveland Browns as the 2012 NFL season is finally underway.

At first glance, this game seems like it'll be a blowout. The Eagles are a highly touted team that has Super Bowl aspirations, whereas the Browns are trying to climb their way out of the bottom of the league.

This game certainly feels like it's destined to be over pretty quickly, but the only way for that to happen is for Philadelphia's defense to play great.

There was a time when there weren't any questions about how Philadelphia's defense would play. Former Eagles defensive coordinator, Jim Johnson, consistently had the team tuned to near perfection and the results were obvious.

Nowadays, current Eagles defensive coordinator, Juan Castillo, has all of the pieces but is trying to put together the puzzle.


It's Time to Make a Statement

Traveling to Cleveland and consistently shutting down everything that the Browns are looking to do is crucial to establishing a defensive dominance this year.

The Eagles are going to be tested in a variety of ways. Rookie running back, Trent Richardson, will be expected to get the majority of the carries for the Browns. He has a unique style of play that could give the Eagles problems.

Richardson runs low to the ground and always at 100 percent. Philadelphia consistently rotates different defensive linemen in and out of the game, which should end up helping them significantly. Having fresh bodies on the field will help to limit Richardson's tough running game.

The next piece of business for Philadelphia will be to rattle Brandon Weeden. Weeden will be making his first career NFL start, and the Eagles need to remind him that he is only a rookie and that he still has a long way to go.

Trent Cole is going to have a difficult time getting past Cleveland's Joe Thomas, but look for Jason Babin to be able to consistently put pressure on Weeden. Forcing Weeden into bad throws will give Philadelphia's talented secondary every opportunity to make plays on the ball.

It's only Week 1, but there is still a lot of value that can be taken out of a good performance. With difficult games ahead for the Eagles, it would be smart of them to show the league that they are ready for whatever is thrown at them.