All eyes will be on Philadelphia Eagles, who are set to start the National Football League (NFL) season with a game against Atlanta Falcons on Monday at Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
The Eagles, after an impressive performance in the pre-season, will want to start the campaign on a winning note and if their players get going; they should not have any problem. The Eagles have brought in some key players and also let go some, which makes the matter even more interesting.
They might have done away with Trent Cole and Nick Foles among others, but the Eagles' fans are all excited with one of the best quarterback--Sam Bradford--in their line-up. The Eagles are going to bank on the services of their key quarterback Bradford to deliver and help them win the Super Bowl.
With the long season ahead, one needs to be careful with Bradford, who is coming out of an injury, had a good pre-season and they need him to deliver. His form and fitness could prove to be a difference between a good side and a Super Bowl contender.
Linebacker DeMeco Ryans is also returning after an injury. The Eagles have to keep an eye on particularly these players as they cannot afford another injury, resulting in another lengthy absence. Their coach Chip Kelly will be under immense pressure after having made some huge changes.
"Every offseason there's always turnover on a team," ESPN quoted Kelly as saying.
"I don't think turnover when it's finally settled and how many players we have new, it's not really different than any other team. It's just the nature of the business."
The Eagles should be confident when they face Falcons, who will be playing at home. The Falcons have undergone a major change in the team with Dan Quinn coming over from Seattle for the coaching role. The Falcons are going to depend on Matt Ryan and Julio Jones to help them score points.
However, their biggest concern has been their defence, which seems to have been bolstered as they signed Adrian Clayborn in the defensive end as well.
The Falcons' defence, irrespective of who Quinn decides to start at the defensive end, are surely going to be tested with attacking players in Eagles' disposal such as Bradford and DeMarco Murray. The Falcons coach, who has a sense of respect for Eagles' offence, believes it is going to be a great match-up.
"A lot of respect in terms of the way they run their system. They play fast-paced offensively, we do defensively as well so a great matchup from that standpoint," said Quinn.
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Philadelphia Eagles vs Atlanta Falcons NFL game has been scheduled for 7:10pm local time (4:40am IST) start. There is no live coverage in India.
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