I am not an Eagles fan by any stretch, but I can't wait to see what this team does in 2015 because I do like Coach Chip Kelly. The guy is an innovator, that can't be questioned. But how is he is as a general manager? He was given full control this offseason and definitely took advantage of that in jettisoning some key players and seemingly always targeting former Oregon guys to bring in. I actually think Sam Bradford will be quite good in that system if he can stay upright. Otherwise it's Mark Sanchez again. Don't rule out Kelly using Tim Tebow on 2-point conversions, either.
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Philadelphia was 6-2 at home last regular season, 5-3 against the spread and 6-2 "over/under." The Eagles' 2015 home schedule ranks as the ninth-easiest in the NFL with an opponents' 2014 winning percentage of .461. It's the easiest in the NFC East. This is the 10th of these that I've done so far, and I think only New England has an easier home slate thus far. There's no reason the Eagles can't run the table here.
Here's the schedule with very early (opponent) odds.
Sept 20 -- Cowboys (+2): Philly has to start on a short week as it hosts Atlanta in the Monday night opener Week 1. So that's a minor break for Dallas. The Eagles were beaten 38-27 at home by Dallas in Week 15 last season, a crushing blow to Philly's chances of winning the NFC East. Philadelphia rallied from a 21-0 hole to take a 24-21 lead late in the third quarter but then couldn't stop the Dallas offense. Sanchez was 17-for-28 for 252 yards and two interceptions. The Eagles held the ball for only 18:05. Key trend: Eagles 5-5 ATS in past 10 as home favorite in this series.
Oct. 11 -- Saints (+4): This follows trips to the Jets and Redskins for Philadelphia. The Saints host Dallas the previous week. New Orleans visited Philadelphia in the wild-card round following the 2013 season and pulled a 26-24 upset on a field goal at the gun in the wintry weather. Nick Foles was the Eagles' QB then, and of course he's in St. Louis now. Key trend: Eagles 5-4-1 ATS in past 10 at home vs. NFC South.
Oct. 19 -- Giants (+4): Last home game for a while so needs to be win. It's the final Monday night game of the season for Philly. New York hosts San Francisco on Sunday night the week prior. The Eagles routed the visiting Giants 27-0 in Week 6 last season. Foles threw two touchdown passes and LeSean McCoy had 149 yards rushing. It was Philly's first shutout in 18 years. They hadn't shut out an opponent since a 24-0 win over the Giants on Dec. 1, 1996, at old Veterans Stadium. Eagles might also remember the 2014 game because Philly wore all-black uniforms for the first time ever. Key trend: Eagles 6-4 ATS in past 10 at home in this series as a favorite of at least 3.5 points.
Nov. 15 -- Dolphins (+3.5): Why so long away from home? Week 7 the Eagles are at Carolina, Week 8 on the bye and Week 9 at Dallas. It's Miami's first visit since 2007. Philadelphia might catch a small break here as it's the end of a rough three-game trip for the Dolphins as they visit New England in Week 8 and Buffalo in Week 9. Key trend: Eagles 5-5 ATS in past 10 at home vs. AFC East.
Nov. 22 -- Buccaneers (+8.5): Tampa comes off a Week 10 home game vs. Dallas. Might this be the first cold-weather game for Bucs No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston? The Eagles have won three straight in this series, last playing in 2013. Tampa hasn't visited since 2009. Key trend: Eagles just 3-7 ATS in past 10 at home as a favorite of at least 7.5 points.
Dec. 13 -- Bills (+3.5): A welcome return home following tough games at Detroit (Thanksgiving) and New England. Also the start of a three-game homestand. Buffalo, which comes off a home game vs. Houston, should be the best defensive team to visit Philly this season. And of course the Bills acquired McCoy from the Eagles this winter for linebacker Kiko Alonso, a former Duck. First Bills visit since 2007. Key trend: Over has hit in nine of Eagles' past 10 at home vs. AFC.
Dec. 20 -- Cardinals (+1.5): Arizona has extra time to prepare as it hosts Minnesota on Thursday in Week 14. The Eagles lost in Arizona in Week 8 last season, 24-20. The Eagles couldn't punch it in the end zone late in the fourth quarter and had to settle for a 20-yard field goal and a 20-17 lead that was short-lived. Foles completed 26 of a whopping 62 passes for 411 yards and two touchdowns, both to Jeremy Maclin (now a Chief), but was intercepted twice. Maclin caught 12 passes for 187 yards. Key trend: Eagles 4-5-1 ATS in past 10 at home vs. NFC West.
Dec. 26 -- Redskins (+7): This is a Saturday night game. Washington comes off a home game vs. Buffalo in Week 15. The Eagles then close at the Giants. Philadelphia beat visiting Washington 37-34 in Week 3 last season. Foles threw for 325 yards and three scores, while McCoy was held to only 22 yards rushing. Maclin caught eight passes for 154 yards and a TD. Washington started Kirk Cousins at QB in that one with RGIII injured again. Key trend: Eagles 4-6 ATS in past 10 as a home favorite in series.
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