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Pregame Before Preseason: Philadelphia Eagles Host Jacksonville Jaguars

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 27:  Asante Samuel #22 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts after a play against the Jacksonville Jaguars on August 27, 2009 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Dan PennwynCorrespondent IAugust 13, 2010

It's just a couple of hours away. The start of a new season. Hope the Philadelphia Eagles have yet another fantastic season with the amount of youth and energy around the field.

After a long and emotion filled off-season, the birth of a young Eagles team is upon us with hopes they can take flight long before they are supposed to.

I can't help but to think that the Eagles are simply going to do whatever they want on offense against the Jags.

QB Kevin Kolb is going to look relaxed, showing poise in the pocket. He will lead the rest of the Eagles offense against a defense that ranked 27th in the league in 2009.

Wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin will dizzy the Jaguars secondary, and Jason Avant will be his usual sure-handed self.

I would expect to see the norm from head coach Andy Reid in his run/pass ratio, which may upset some fans so I provide this—look for better execution from the halfbacks during a run play. Also, look for Leonard Weaver to pick up right where he left off in 2009.

One player to keep on eye out for is Jaguars rookie DE Tyson Aluala, who was drafted 10th overall in this years draft.

On defense, I don't see the Eagles having any problem stopping an offense that was ranked 19th in the league last season and averaged just under 18.1 points per game.

There is a lot of talent at the LB position. It starts with Ernie Sims at WILL, Stewart Bradley at MLB, and Akeem Jordan landing the SAM position battle in training camp. Those three players create a dynamic trio at the linebacker position—one capable of disrupting any play at any time.

I'm also going to be watching every rookie tonight. Especially the top three, but will also focus on the No. 2 TE battle and DT Jeff Owens, who has a phenomenal shot at making this team.

The Eagles will win this game tonight. Their second string team is better than the Jaguars first string on both sides of the ball.

They will end their night much better than the Dallas Cowboys did last night—winning!

Eagles 24 - Jaguars 10

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