The Philadelphia Eagles face off with the St. Louis Rams in Week 1 on Sunday. It's a big game as both teams have high expectations. The Eagles have brought too much talent to be knocked out of the opening round of the playoffs for the third straight season while the Rams are the early favorite to win the NFC West.
The Eagles are coming off their biggest offseason ever. The Eagles made major upgrades at defensive end, defensive tackle, cornerback and the offensive line. For a team that was so close to knocking off the eventual Super Bowl champions last season, making major upgrades at key positions has certainly raised the stakes in Philly. It's Super Bowl or bust. Anything less would be a major disappointment.
The Rams don't quite have the same expectations, but are expected to compete for a division title in a very soft NFC West. They were in position last season for a division title but clearly lacked a go to receiver for rookie quarterback Sam Bradford. Now Bradford has a year under his belt and a proven veteran receiver in Mike Sims-Walker.
Both teams are looking for a positive start to the 2011 season and both teams will get a good early test to see exactly where they stand.