A Quick Look: Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts

Intro: The Colts 2014 home opener will come on the stage of Monday Night Football. The Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) will be the opponent at Lucas Oil Stadium for the 8:30 p.m. EST kickoff in Week Two.





INDIANAPOLIS – Chip Kelly and his basketball on grass (turf) will invade Lucas Oil Stadium this week for Monday Night Football.

It will mark just the second time since 2006 that Indianapolis has played host to the final game of the week.

The Eagles are coming off an interesting season opener where they rolled off 34 unanswered points after getting off to a less than ideal start.

A pair of Nick Foles' fumbles led to short fields and the Jacksonville Jaguars took advantage with a 17-0 first-half lead.

Last year, Foles' ball security was a major reason why the Eagles won six of their final seven games and captured the NFC East.

Foles had three turnovers in the first half on Sunday (had just four turnovers all last year).

Short fields were a major contribution to the Jaguars putting the Eagles into a three-score halftime deficit.

The second half couldn't have gone any better for Philadelphia.

Behind an Eagles defense holding the Jaguars to 2-of-14 on third-down, Philadelphia scored 34 second half points to record a bit of a deceiving final score of 34-17 at home.

Once the Eagles offense stopped hindering themselves, the unit looked very similar to the explosive attack from last season.

The offense ran 82 plays on Sunday (more than every other team in Week One besides Baltimore) and piled up 420 yards of total offense.

In the backfield, the duo of LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles was their typical electric selves.

Both had more than 70 rushing yards with Sproles scoring from 49 yards out and McCoy catching six passes. Of the 59 rushes and completions for the Eagles on Sunday, McCoy and Sproles combined for 42 of them.

It was a complete second-half effort on both sides of the ball with Philadelphia dominating field position in the final two quarters.

The major storyline heading into Monday night will surround how the Colts can defend such a unique offensive system.

Philadelphia did allow five sacks in Week One and the Eagles are dealing with some major injuries across their offensive line.

*2014 Record: *1-0, 1st in the NFC East.

*Head Coach: *Chip Kelly, 2nd season as Eagles head coach and 2nd NFL season as head coach (11-6 overall regular season, 0-1 playoffs).

*2014 NFL Rankings: *Offense – Overall, 5th (420.0); Rushing, 8th (145.0); Passing, 10th (275.0) Defense – Overall, 7th (306.0); Rushing, 5th (64.0); Passing, 18th (242.0).

2014 Leading Passer: Nick Foles (27-of-45 comp., 322 yards, 60.0 pct., 2 TDs, 1 INTs).

*2014 Leading Rusher: *LeSean McCoy (21 carries, 74 yards, 0 TDs).

*2014 Leading Receiver: *LeSean McCoy (6 receptions, 41 yards, 0 TDs).

2014 Leading Sacker:  Trent Cole, Nate Allen and Mychal Kendricks (1.0).

2014 Turnover Breakdown:  Minus 2 (tied for 23rd in the NFL).

2014 NFL Draft Results:  Losing DeSean Jackson in free agency indicated the Eagles would probably look early in the draft for a receiver. After taking Louisville defensive end/outside linebacker Marcus Smith in the first round (a bit of a surprise to some draft analysts), the Eagles then chose Vanderbilt receiver Jordan Matthews in the second round. Matthews is the team's third receiver behind Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper.

2013 Review:After the first two months of last season, the skeptics were still out there on Chip Kelly. A 1-3 record after September and then a 3-5 mark following October was the precursor to a tremendous turnaround. The Eagles won seven of their final eight gams of the season and captured the NFC East. Philadelphia's turnaround was sparked by Nick Foles becoming the starting quarterback for good at the start of November. Foles finished the 2013 season with 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions while leading Kelly's innovative offense into the playoffs.

Last time in Playoffs:  2013 season. Lost to the New Orleans Saints, 26-24, in the Wild Card Round of the Playoffs.

*Last time in Super Bowl: *2004 season. Lost Super Bowl XXXIX, 24-21, to the New England Patriots.

*Super Bowl Championships: *None.

2014 Pro Bowl Selections:QB-Nick Foles, WR-DeSean Jackson, RB-LeSean McCoy, OG-Evan Mathis, OT-Jason Peters

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