2014 NFL Week 2 - Eagles vs. Colts Betting Odds Preview
Both of these teams made furious comebacks in week one, however only the Eagles were able to convert it into a win. The teams also have similar reputations of having strong offenses and weak defenses and week 1 did little to change that perception.
The Eagles trailed last seasons last place Jacksonville Jaguars 17-0 at the half during its week one game in Philadelphia. They had also suffered major injuries in the first half to All-Pro Left guard Evan Mathis with a knee injury and Right Tackle Allen Barbre who injured his ankle while filling in for starter Lance Johnson who was suspended for the game. This high octane offense managed to replace the lineman and the all around play of quarterback Nick Foles led the team to 34 second half points and a 34-17 victory. Foles had an horrific start with two fumbles and an interception in the first half in comparison to having only 4 turnovers for all of last season. H went 15-21 for 183 yards and two touchdowns in the second half the second of which was a 68 yard strike to Jeremy Maclin that secured the victory. The Eagles star tailback LeSean McCoy had 21 carries for 74 yards and newcomer Darren Sproles had 71 yards on 11 carries including a touchdown.
The Colts defense knew that it was going to be with star defensive end Robert Mathis who would be serving a 4 game suspension for performance enhancing drugs. They learned prior to the game that he injured his knee during a private workout and may now be out for the season. The teams defense got little pressure on Peyton Manning in weeks 1 31-24 loss. The Broncos got off to a great start and looked like they were going to run away with the game until Colts quarterback Andrew Luck led a second half comeback that showed promise headed into this week. The Running back combination of Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw was a disappointment on the ground as they failed to establish a running game. Bradshaw was effective in the passing game with 5 catches for 70 yards and in his first game since tearing his ACL early last season, veteran receiver Reggie Wayne showed that he is back on top of his game with 9 catches for 98 yards.
There is no doubt that the Eagles can score points. The 34 second half points was a league high and showed how explosive of an offense they will have if they can put together 2 productive halves. The Broncos scored so early and often against the Colts that Indianapolis was constantly playing from behind. Now that Luck has shown he has 3 reliable wideouts threats in Wayne, T.Y Hilton, and former Giant Hakeem Nicks you can expect a more balanced and consistent effort. This game should be a high scoring affair with the winner likely being the team that is able to stop the run.
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