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Week 3: Indianapolis at Philadelphia (Sunday, September 23rd, 2018)

First look for the Eagles: Carson Wentz is back! Wentz has been cleared to play and will make his 2018 debut against Indy on Sunday. 

Wentz returns, but the Eagles are incredibly thin at the receiver position. Mike Wallace fractured his fibula in Week 2 and is out indefinitely, Alshon Jeffery (rotator cuff) isn't likely to play and neither is Mack Hollins (sports hernia). Darren Sproles missed last week's game with a hamstring injury, and he is questionable for Week 3. Not ideal. 

Definitely, the Eagles' secondary will have to prove itself once again after a poor performance against Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bucs, a 27-21 loss. 

First look for the Colts: The Colts are coming off of a strong 21-9 win at Washington. 

Andrew Luck was 21-31 for 179 yards, 2 TD, and 2 INT in the win. TY Hilton, the Colts' most dynamic play maker, caught seven balls for 83 yards and a score. 

First look for the game: Indianapolis is beatable through the air and with Carson Wentz returning, you might expect Doug Pederson to be aggressive. 

Defensively, the Eagles will have to keep Hilton in front of them and eliminate the big play, something they were unable to do last Sunday. If the defensive front can get pressure on Luck, he's prone to make some errand throws. 

Vegas Line: Philadelphia -6.5

 

Week 2: Philadelphia at Tampa Bay (Sunday, September 16th, 2018)

First look for the Eagles: Carson Wentz has not yet been ruled out for Week 2, but it appears unlikely he'll be able to play. He still has not been cleared for contact. 

That means Nick Foles will once again get the start for Philly. Foles struggled in the Week 1 opener against Atlanta, completing just 19 of 34 passes for a mere 117 yards. 

The defense, however, was dominant leading Philadelphia to an 18-12 Week 1 win. Fletcher Cox, Chris Long, Ronald Darby, and Jordan Hicks were particularly excellent in Week 1. The Eagles will get Nigel Bradham (suspended) back for Sunday's game against the Bucs. 

First look for the Bucs: The Bucs were the NFL's surprise team in Week 1, scoring 48 points on the Saints and opening with a Week 1 upset. 

Ryan Fitzpatrick, playing QB for the suspended Jameis Winston, was marvelous throwing for over 400 yards and five total touchdowns (four passing) with no turnovers. 

First look for the game: The Eagles' offense should be able to get rolling against the Bucs, who despite getting a win, did allow 40 points and 475 total yards to the Saints. 

The Eagles defense might be getting a bigger test than we originally though with Tampa's offense. Fitzpatrick has a slew of weapons in Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Chris Godwin, OJ Howard, and Cameron Brate. 

Vegas Line: Philadelphia -3

 

Week 1: Atlanta at Philadelphia (Thursday, September 6th, 2018)

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles begin their first season as the Super Bowl champions, ever. 

Nick Foles will get the start at quarterback with Carson Wentz still rehabbing his torn ACL. Last year in the divisional round of the playoffs, Foles and the Eagles beat Atlanta 15-10. The Eagles have been dealing with some banged up players this season. Nelson Agholor and Brandon Graham are expexcted to play, but Alshon Jeffery is not. As for veterans Darren Sproles and Jason Peters, we will see if they're ready to return from their injuries. Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement are expected to receive the bulk of the carries. 

First look for the Falcons: Atlanta enters Thursday's game seeking revenge. 

Matt Ryan is 3-3 against his hometown, averaged 258 passing yards per game. Atlanta added first-round rookie WR Calvin Ridley on offense to go along with Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, and backfield weapons Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. Defensively, Atlanta continues to improve every season. Last year, they were 9th in the NFL in yards allowed per game. 

First look for the game: The Eagles' offense has struggled mightily in the preseason and they only scored 15 points against Atlanta last January. All eyes will be on Foles, who many do not believe he can replicate his incredibly play during last year's playoff run. 

Vegas Line: Philadelphia -2.5

 

Preseason Week 4: New York (AFC) at Philadelphia (Thursday, August 30th, 2018)

First look for the Eagles: After winning the Super Bowl, the Eagles have put together three miserable offensive preseason perfomances, none worse than their 5-0 loss to Cleveland last week. 

Nick Foles has struggled mightily throwout the preseason, but will likely not play on Thursday in the preseason finale. Nate Sudfeld is expecting to see the majority of snaps and we could see Christian Hackenberg for the first time. 

Defensively, the Eagles look to continue their success, but don't expect the starters to play too much, if at all. 

First look for the Jets: New York is 1-2 this preseason behind rookie QB Sam Darnold and QB Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater, returning from his gruesome knee injury, has played well. And so has the rookie No. 3 overall pick. 

On offense, NYJ features running backs Bilal Powell and Isaiah Crowell and pass catchers Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa, and Terrelle Pryor. 

First look for the game: Most, if not all, of the starters will not play in the preseason finale. The fourth preseason game is a chance for both teams to iron out their position battles and make final cuts. 

Vegas Line: Philadelphia +4

 

Preseason Week 3: Philadelphia at Cleveland (Thursday, August 23rd, 2018)

First look for the Eagles: Nick Foles suffered a shoulder strain in last week's loss to New England, but he was back at practice this week. His status for Thursday is unknown. Carson Wentz is back participating in 11-on-11 drills but he will not play against the Browns. 

So...we can expect to see a lot of Nate Sudfeld again at QB for the Birds. Philadelphia has struggled offensively so far this preseason. It will be interesting to see how many, if any, snaps veterans returning from injury in Jason Peters and Darren Sproles take.

Defensively, you hope CB Ronald Darby can continue to build off of his strong preseason.

First look for the Browns: The Browns will get ready for their season opener, playing both Tyrod Taylor and rookie Baker Mayfield at quarterback. The Browns feature an offense they expect to be much better this season, featuring RB's Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson, WR's Jarvis Landry and Josh Gordon (who will not play), and TE David Njoku. 

First look for the game: The Philadelphia defense could have their hands full against a slew of weapons that Cleveland has this year. However, if their offensive line can't block for Taylor and/or Mayfield, it will be a long day for the Browns. Also, Cleveland is feature on this year's HBO Hardknocks series

Vegas Line: Philadelphia +4

 

Preseason Week 2: Philadelphia at New England (Thursday, August 16th, 2018)

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles will look to get some of the starters a few more reps in the second preseason game. The QB position, however, is still up-in-the-air. Carson Wentz, of course, will not play as he continues he rehab. Nick Foles did not play in the team's first preseason game with muscle spasms in the head and neck area, but he will start on Thursday

Nate Sudfeld, who started in the preseason opener, completed 10 of 14 passes for 140 yards and 2 TD's. He did throw two interceptions, however. And the Eagles also signed Christian Hackenberg this week, who is expected to see some preseason action. 

Rookie TE Dallas Goedert, who caught four balls for 66 yards and a score in his debut, looks to build on that performance on Thursday. 

First look for the Patriots: Brian Hoyer took the majority of New England's snaps in their preseason opening win over Washington and he should do the same on Thursday. However, Tom Brady says he expects to start on Thursday vs. Foles. 

Jeremy Hill had 13 touches (11 carries) in the preseason opener and Devin Lucien lead the team with 71 receiving yards. 

First look for the game: A Super Bowl rematch! If only it was regular season. 

The Eagles are going to walk into Foxborough with their chests out after their Super Bowl victory over New England a few months ago. However, neither team will show much on Thursday night, as both expect to be back in the big game this year. 

Vegas Line: Philadelphia +3

 

Preseason Week 1: Pittsburgh at Philadelphia (Thursday, August 9th, 2018)

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles will play their first football game as Super Bowl champions and the crowd is expected to be loud and raucous in Philadelphia. 

Carson Wentz is recovering from knee surgery and Nick Foles is banged up, so expect to see a lot of Nate Sudfeld at quarterback for the Birds.

First look for the Steelers: The Steelers are a well-oiled machine. They enter the season off of a 13-3 season and are consistently a Super Bowl contender. This year should be no different. 

With Ben Roethlisberger, 36, returning for another season, Pittsburgh will be in the hunt once again. However, like Doug Pederson with the Eagles, head coach Mike Tomlin will be using this first preseason game to get a look at his  backups. 

First look for the game: The first preseason game is a chance for the young guys and backups to shine. Some starters will get a chance to wet their beak, and then it's to the bench. Neither of these teams can afford is significant injury, as both teams expect to be playing meaningful football games deep into the winter.