Full Week 1 Stat Predictions for Philadelphia Eagles' Offense
The big storyline for the Eagles, other than this being Kelly's first game as head coach, is whether the team can stop Robert Griffin III. The Redskins' multi-talented quarterback led the league in yards per attempt as both a passer and a rusher last year until he tore his ACL in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Wild Card Weekend.
He hasn't taken many snaps this preseason, but don't expect the Eagles defense to stop RGIII. At the same time, don't expect the Redskins to easily contain Michael Vick and the rest of the Eagles.
The following slides will predict the stats for the players on the Eagles.
For the record, I am predicting the Eagles to lose this game by a score of 34-27.
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No matter what happens for Michael Vick this season, it's going to be better than last year. Most importantly, he'll have a healthy offensive line protecting him.
Against the Redskins, I expect Kelly to try to take advantage of a weak secondary and air the ball out more than a few times. I have the Eagles losing by seven, but I also think they'll jump out to a 10-point halftime lead before fading late. That means they'll have to be mostly focused on passing in the second half.
Expect Vick to spread the ball around well enough for the Eagles to rack up their touchdowns. If he's anything like the player he's been over the past two years, though, you know he'll turn the ball over a couple of times.
Prediction: 23-of-35, 291 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, 98.6 passer rating; 4 rushes, 37 yards, 1 FUM; 3 sacks
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LeSean McCoy is so due for a bounce-back season. What's more, he has the perfect coach and offensive line to help make it happen.
It starts in Week 1. Expect McCoy to carry the ball a lot at the beginning of the game as the Eagles take an early lead. However, in the second half, Vick is going to be airing it out.
Prediction: 23 carries, 128 yards, 1 TD; 6 rec, 50 yards
Backup running back Bryce Brown should serve as a complement to McCoy, but his fumbling problems will prevent him from carrying more than just a handful of times.
Prediction: 5 carries, 19 yards
Chris Polk carries for the first time in his NFL career.
Prediction: 1 carry, 3 yards
DeSean Jackson will get to showcase his skills on an end-around.
Prediction: 1 carry, 14 yards
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Kelly is going to spread the ball around, especially without veteran Jeremy Maclin, whose season ended with a torn ACL during training camp.
It begins with DeSean Jackson, who has had some memorable performances against a weak Redskins secondary over the years.
Prediction: 4 catches, 104 yards, 1 TD
Look for the rest of the receivers to catch, at most, a couple of passes each.
Jason Avant: 3 catches, 38 yards
Riley Cooper: 1 catches, 12 yards
Damaris Johnson: 2 catches, 24 yards
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Chip Kelly is a big fan of spreading the ball around to his tight ends. He's got three options to choose from, with veteran Brent Celek, rookie Zach Ertz and free-agent addition James Casey all viable pass-catchers.
The big rookie scores the first touchdown, hopefully of many, on a red-zone grab.
Brent Celek: 3 catches, 26 yards
Zach Ertz: 2 catches, 20 yards, TD
James Casey: 2 catches, 17 yards