I’m going to start with the same thing I started with last week, Kevin Kolb. We saw a lot of positive things out of him last week, along with a few negatives. Tonight, we’ll get to see him play an entire half.
I’d like to see Kolb eliminate some of the bad decisions he made last week, as well as proving he can convert in the red zone. The offense didn’t seem to have trouble driving the ball down the field, but it looked like they hit a brick wall when they got inside the 20.
Staying on the offensive side of the ball, I’m going to keep a close eye on Riley Cooper. Many reports say that Cooper has solidified himself as the number four guy, and that doesn’t come as any surprise to me. However, I think now he has to prove that the coaches are making the right decision.
There’s also been a lot of talk about Cooper being a favorite target for Michael Vick. That’s great, but I’d like to see him start making some plays on the first team with Kevin Kolb. We already know we have three amazing receivers, so if we can line up in a four-wide formations with four top notch guys, we should be able to cause some real damage.
Also on offense, I’ll have my eye on the entire line, but specifically Mike McGlynn. I’ve been hearing good things about him and at this point he has an opportunity to be the starter on opening day. Injury and inconsistency have really plagued Nick Cole and the timeline for Jamaal Jackson is still up in the air.
That being said, a guy like McGlynn really needs to step up and show he can perform at a high level. We really need a solid year out of our line and it all starts at the center position.
Lastly on offense, I’m going to be watching Clay Harbor. With Cornelius Ingram seemingly falling off the face of the Earth this training camp, I want Harbor to step up and show us that he’s the clear cut number two.
Statistics show that the Eagles hardly ever run a two-tight end set, so I’m looking more for quality out of Harbor when Brent Celek isn’t on the field.
Defensively, the biggest thing I’ll be watching is how the corners handle covering Chad Ochocinco and T.O. We’re seeing a much better team this week in terms of quarterback and receivers, and it will be a very good challenge.
Beyond that, I want to see every corner that steps on the field play better than they did last week. This is kind of hard of hard to say for Asante Samuel and Ellis Hobbs because they were only on the field for six plays. However, the corners as a unit played terribly last week and there’s plenty of room for improvement.
I’m also interested to see the rush the Eagles can get going on the quarterback throughout the night. On the first team, I want to see them in Carson Palmer’s face the entire first half. I’d like to see them do the same in the second half to whoever replaces him.
There’s a lot invested in the defensive line and I want to see some return on investment this season.
Last, the special teams coverage units have to do a better job. They got sliced up last week. They have to get better, it’s as simple as that.
What will you be looking for in tonight’s game?