|Last 3 Games||0-3||-3||0-2||1-2||15.3||8.7||331.0||(5.3)||2.3||25.7||15.3||363.7||(5.3)||1.0|
|Offense (All Games)||15.4||8.5||16.9||27:22||24-79||(3.3)||22-37||59.0%||215||(5.8)||61-294||(4.9)||(19)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||23||11.4||19.7||30:08||27-112||(4.1)||21-35||61.0%||228||(6.6)||62-340||(5.5)||(14.8)|
|Offense Road Games||17.7||8.2||17.6||29:14||25-74||(3)||23-38||59.8%||233||(6.1)||63-307||(4.9)||(17.4)|
|Defense (All Games)||28.1||15.4||22.1||32:38||32-131||(4.1)||22-34||64.3%||248||(7.2)||66-379||(5.7)||(13.5)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.5||11.7||19.8||30:20||28-117||(4.2)||21-35||60.9%||232||(6.6)||63-349||(5.6)||(14.9)|
|Defense Road Games||29.6||16.0||21.6||30:46||31-133||(4.3)||21-34||63.0%||242||(7.2)||65-375||(5.8)||(12.7)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.3||0.4||1.7||-0.4||14-4||31.1%||2-1||43.3%||3-66||(25.9)||2-9||(4.9)||6-50|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.6||1.9||13-5||37.6%||1-0||45.0%||3-65||(24.2)||20-2||(9.2)||6-53|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.1||0.4||1.6||0.1||14-5||33.1%||2-1||50.0%||3-68||(24.4)||2-6||(3.4)||6-52|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.7||0.6||1.3|| ||14-6||42.5%||1-1||75.0%||2-32||(20.4)||3-21||(7.1)||5-46|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.6||1.5|| ||14-5||38.1%||1-0||48.2%||2-60||(23.9)||20-2||(8.9)||6-55|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.7||1.0||1.7|| ||14-6||44.9%||1-1||83.3%||2-41||(21.6)||3-19||(7.2)||5-33|
|Last 3 Games||2-1||+0.5||1-2||1-2||34.0||16.0||378.7||(6.4)||0.7||19.7||6.3||369.3||(5.9)||2.3|
|Offense (All Games)||27.4||12.8||21.9||26:20||31-155||(5)||20-32||61.6%||253||(7.9)||63-408||(6.5)||(14.9)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||25.3||12.8||20.7||30:58||27-114||(4.3)||22-36||62.4%||247||(6.9)||62-361||(5.8)||(14.3)|
|Offense Home Games||24.0||9.0||21.1||25:26||29-153||(5.3)||19-32||59.8%||222||(6.9)||61-375||(6.1)||(15.6)|
|Defense (All Games)||24.0||9.6||23.2||33:40||28-109||(3.9)||25-41||61.1%||287||(7)||69-396||(5.7)||(16.5)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||24.1||12.1||20.5||31:34||26-112||(4.3)||22-36||61.9%||246||(6.8)||62-358||(5.7)||(14.8)|
|Defense Home Games||20.6||7.6||21.3||34:34||30-116||(3.8)||23-38||60.4%||253||(6.7)||68-369||(5.4)||(18)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.5||0.6||1.1||0.8||13-5||38.2%||1-1||56.2%||2-54||(21.8)||2-13||(7.9)||6-52|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.6||1.6||2||13-5||38.6%||1-0||51.6%||3-61||(23.3)||23-2||(11.1)||6-52|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.9||0.6||1.4||0.4||13-4||31.0%||1-1||61.5%||3-71||(22)||2-10||(6)||5-42|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.2||0.7||1.9|| ||14-6||41.2%||1-0||40.0%||3-78||(23.7)||2-15||(8.2)||7-55|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1.1||0.7||1.8|| ||13-5||38.6%||1-0||48.6%||3-64||(23)||19-2||(9.4)||6-52|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.9||1.0||1.9|| ||15-6||41.7%||1-0||36.4%||4-90||(24.6)||2-17||(8.1)||7-56|
|Average power rating of opponents played: JACKSONVILLE 20.1, PHILADELPHIA 18.9|
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|JACKSONVILLE: The Jaguars will undoubtedly have to abandon the run when they fall behind in games, but until then it's going to be all Toby Gerhart all the time. Jacksonville made the switch to a zone-blocking scheme last year with mixed results. A second full offseason to implement the scheme should lead to improvement, and Gerhart will likely see a lot of work on inside zone plays. Gerhart will retain his feature role when the Jaguars approach the goal line, but this team went play-action fairly often in this area last year. Jordan Todman will be a seldom-used back- up. It's unclear whether the Jags can figure out how to get anything out of Denard Robinson, whose 'offensive weapon' tag was removed.|
Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch wants to get receivers downfield and put pressure on opposing safeties, with the quarterback making a high-to-low read. But this rapidly devolved into checkdown city last season in the absence of Justin Blackmon and, for a time, Cecil Shorts. They'll play a three-wide base, with Shorts as the X-receiver to go along with some combination of Marqise Lee, Ace Sanders, Allen Robinson and Mike Brown. Shorts is the field stretcher, but he will likely run more possession routes to make up for the absence of the suspended Blackmon. Gerhart will have a big role as a receiver, as tight end Marcedes Lewis figures to stay in to block often once again. Shorts and Lewis were targeted often in the end zone last season, and that trend should continue.
Defensive coordinator Bob Babich improved this unit in his first year with the Jags in 2013, but they still have too many holes to be a feared NFL defense. Former Seahawks defensive ends Chris Clemons and Red Bryant will improve a porous pass rush, but this unit will be on the field way too much due to a horrible offense.
|PHILADELPHIA: Head coach Chip Kelly may not have brought his Oregon playbook to the NFL, but what he's running is fairly close. The tempo and overall spread principles are what make this the league's best rushing attack, as well as LeSean McCoy's ability to exploit cutback lanes when defenses flow too fast to the perimeter. McCoy might have his workload lightened a little bit, but he's still going to get an enormous number of carries. Unlike during the Andy Reid years, the Eagles are run-heavy in the red zone under Kelly. McCoy takes most touches inside the 20, often taking advantage of exhausted defenses at the end of drives. All-purpose back Darren Sproles could end up being used as a runner a bit more often than he was in New Orleans, while Chris Polk is more of a traditional back-up.|
The Eagles use a lot of crossing routes that become high-percentage due to the threat of the running game, plus quarterback Nick Foles holds onto the ball for a long, long time. They'll use a lot of two-tight end looks, most often targeting either Jeremy Maclin or tight end Zach Ertz over the middle. Foles has good chemistry with No. 2 receiver Riley Cooper, who often takes advantage of single coverage against smaller defensive backs with a lot of comeback routes. Rookie Jordan Matthews will play inside in three-receiver sets. They also love the screen game, with McCoy and Sproles.
Defensive coordinator Billy Davis was brought in before 2013 to improve the team's pathetic 13 takeaways, and he did just that with 31 forced turnovers, which tied for third in the NFL. FS Malcolm Jenkins was the only significant free-agent pickup, but first-round draft choice DE Marcus Smith should be able to contribute right away.
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(UPDATES with Jaguars WR Shorts out)
*Jaguars-Eagles Preview* ========================
By JUSTIN EINHORN STATS Senior Editor
It's time to begin finding out if Chip Kelly and Nick Foles just caught opponents by surprise last season or if they put the Philadelphia Eagles on the path to a prosperous new era.
As Foles looks to develop chemistry with a new-look arsenal, Kelly will likely rely heavily on reigning NFL rushing champion LeSean McCoy on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Philadelphia.
McCoy is taking on a Jaguars defense which was fourth worst against the run last season, allowing 131.8 yards per game as the team finished 4-12 in Gus Bradley's coaching debut. While the former Seattle defensive coordinator seeks a big improvement in his second season - even though first-round pick Blake Bortles won't start just yet - it will be hard for Kelly to do much better in his.
Employing a fast-paced offense proved to be a big hit as Philadelphia led the NFC in total yards and touchdowns en route to a division title, going 10-6 following a 4-12 swan song under Andy Reid. Some wonder if opposing teams having an offseason of watching film and making adjustments to Kelly's up-tempo approach could slow down the Eagles.
"Obviously it's year two and we have a bunch of guys that have been around us and we have been around them so you feel like you're a little bit closer in terms of what we are trying to get accomplished," Kelly said. "But you're excited to get going here. (The games) are for real. They count."
One thing not expected to be duplicated is the astounding efficiency Foles displayed. A backup before Michael Vick got hurt, Foles came on to set an NFL record for touchdown-to-interception ratio with 27 TD passes and two INTs. He threw for 2,891 yards in 13 games - 10 starts - in his second NFL season, and his league-best 119.2 passer rating was third-highest in league history.
It doesn't appear those numbers and the ensuing accolades, including Pro Bowl MVP honors, have gone to Foles' head.
"I haven't earned anything yet," Foles said recently. "It's a week-to-week thing. My job is to go out there and play to the best of my ability."
McCoy feels he's yet to do that despite breaking long-standing franchise records last season with 1,607 yards rushing and 2,146 from scrimmage. The fleet-footed but hard-charging McCoy fit perfectly into Kelly's run-oriented system, but both player and coach feel he can be better in a variety of ways.
"Sometimes I get wrapped up in my God-gifted ability instead of actually doing the fundamental things," McCoy said. "Reading my keys, all the small things that you get away with because of your natural talent. But sometimes if you let the play develop and then use the other stuff, it makes me better."
McCoy is one of the few players remaining from last year's team that Foles will be regularly targeting.
Jeremy Maclin returns from a torn ACL which kept him out last season after being the team's top receiver in 2012, a role he's being counted on to resume after DeSean Jackson was released. With No. 3 receiver Jason Avant gone to Carolina, the Eagles drafted Josh Huff (out with shoulder injury) and Jordan Matthews - the team's leading receiver in the preseason - though Riley Cooper is back after having 521 yards and six TDs during the Eagles' 7-1 finish.
Cooper also scored in a wild-card loss to New Orleans, and it was the Saints who provided Philadelphia with its biggest free-agent acquisitions. Darren Sproles gives Foles another enticing target out of the backfield after McCoy was the only one last year, and safety Malcolm Jenkins joins a defense which was among the league's worst in 2013.
That young unit, which second-year coordinator Bill Davis feels should be better after improving late last season, seemingly can build some confidence in Week 1 against a Jaguars offense which averaged an AFC-worst 293.8 total yards.
Jacksonville traded first-round bust Blaine Gabbert but hopes to have finally found a long-term answer at quarterback in Bortles. The No. 3 overall pick looked very good in the preseason, but veteran Chad Henne remains the starter.
"Gus and I have sat down many times and he said I'm the guy," Henne said. "Until they tell me otherwise, I just go out there and prepare like I'm the starter and play well.
"I understand my spot. If we play well and win games, then (I) stay in. If I don't, then things will happen."
Hurting Henne's cause has been trouble at the receiver position. Justin Blackmon is suspended indefinitely for violating the league's substance abuse policy, the same reason second-leading receiver Ace Sanders will miss the first four games. Top receiver Cecil Shorts III will sit out with a hamstring injury, a problem which kept rookie Allen Robinson sidelined for most of the preseason. Fellow second-round pick Marqise Lee, though, has looked good and is expected to contribute immediately.
"We feel like we have some talented guys," Bradley told the team's official website. "Now, we're definitely in a race to maturity with those guys to get them reps."
Toby Gerhart will finally see more than his share. The longtime backup to Adrian Peterson in Minnesota is now getting his shot to carry the workload after averaging 7.9 yards in 36 attempts last year.
The Eagles had been 0-3 in this all-time series before winning the last meeting, 28-3 at Jacksonville in 2010 as Maclin caught two touchdown passes from Vick. The Jaguars' only previous trip to Philadelphia was a 13-6 win in 2006.
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 10:31:59 PM EST|