MNF: Eagles (1-0) at Colts (0-1)
Philly was another team that had a tale of two halves. Nothing went their way in the first half against the Jaguars, as they were dominated and it appeared an upset was in the works, down 17-0. The Eagles refocused at halftime to completely own the second half on both sides of the ball 34-0. There were two breakdowns by the Jags, a broken coverage bomb to Jeremy Maclin and a lifeless sack-strip returned to the house. All of that counts as the Birds realized no one was going to lay down for them, and they played imposing football.
The Colts also played two very different halves against the Broncos on Sunday Night Football. They find themselves hosting the high-octane Eagles on Monday Night in their dome. Andrew Luck got things going after getting blown out, and the defense followed suit by containing Peyton Manning to one second half touchdown. They played better when they subbed Ahmad Bradshaw in for Trent Richardson and after watching film, they’ll see what Jacksonville’s Allen Hurns did. The undrafted rookie torched the Eagles’ secondary for three big plays, and was overthrown on a fourth. That shows inconsistent pass rush and coverage, which should have T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne salivating.
On the contrary, Denver started running a vanilla offense to run the clock out, and you LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles are going to get a combined 30 touches. When that happens underneath, big plays like the one to Maclin and Zack Ertz for a couple touchdowns, well they happen when you get sucked in. Plus, I didn’t like how Hilton played to trust him and the Indy O-line looks consistently beatable.
Philly Outscores Indy despite the betting line favoring the Colts by a field goal. This very well could be the Game of the Week, as Monday Night Football games used to be. These playoff teams from each conference make it a possible Super Bowl preview, although both teams would be considered a dark horse.