Hold off the Chip Kelly Hall of Fame talk.
Kelly’s coaching reputation took a hit following Monday’s road upset loss to Atlanta in which the Eagles played flat for a half and 2014 rushing leader DeMarco Murray ran for a mere nine yards. Those are on Kelly.
I do see the Eagles, though, bouncing back at home against Dallas winning by at least a touchdown.
Both teams should be up for this early division showdown, but the Eagles will have a little more desperation quality to their game while the Cowboys are traveling following an unlikely comeback victory against the Giants.
The Cowboys are thin in the secondary and without star wide receiver Dez Bryant. Dallas’ pass rush is down, too, with an injury to good-looking rookie Randy Gregory and Greg Hardy under suspension.
over is in play for bengals vs chargers
The Cincinnati Bengals could be a good over team this season when matched against a potent offense. That’s the case when the Bengals host San Diego where the over/under is 46.5.
Cincinnati’s Hue Jackson is one of the better offensive coordinators in the league. Jackson has a full deck unlike last season when Tyler Eifert and Marvin Jones were both injured and A.J. Green wasn’t 100 percent.
Andy Dalton doesn’t have to play out of his comfort zone. He has excellent receiving targets and an inside-outside running game thanks to Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard.
San Diego’s offense is dangerous again now that Philip Rivers is healthy, something he wasn’t during the second half of last season. The Chargers have upgraded their ground attack with rookie Melvin Gordon, but their defense remains a work in progress.
buccaneers live underdog against saints
Tampa Bay should be a live ‘dog catching double-digits at New Orleans. The Saints are too banged up in the secondary to be installed this high of a favorite. Drew Brees is past his prime and his support cast is the weakest he’s had.
Jameis Winston should be less nervous in his second NFL game. Winston will be aided by the expected return of stud wide receiver Mike Evans, who missed Week 1 due to a hamstring injury.