Today, the Eagles will take the field in their season opener today in St. Louis against the Rams. Former Eagles assistant coach Steve Spagnuolo will face the Eagles again as the Rams head coach.
Talent does not win games, but who has more talent at each position?
Eagles: The Eagles will have 2010 MVP candidate and fan favorite Michael Vick playing for them and he has proven to be a top-tier quarterback in the NFL.
Rams: Starting for the Rams is former first overall pick and 2010 rookie sensation Sam Bradford. Bradford will certainly give the Eagles a run for their money, but with a new offensive coordinator in Josh McDaniels and limited time to get his new players together, it is a question mark of how he will do today.
Eagles: The Eagles have one of the best one two punches in the game. LeSean McCoy proved last year his value to the Eagles as he led the team in receptions and rush yards. He is shifty and likes to bounce it to the outside, which sets up the compliment of Ronnie Brown who has a talent of banging it inside the tackles for short yard gains.
Rams: Steven Jackson, thought of as a top-10 running back in this league, has manned the backfield for the Rams for years. The Eagles have always done a quality job of containing him, holding him to under 100 yards in every game they’ve played in.
Eagles: With Jeremy Maclin, Steve Smith, and of course, DeSean Jackson back in the lineup, the Eagles have one of the most deadly wide receiving corps in the league.
Rams: Mike Sims-Walker and Danny Amendola headline a solid group of targets for Sam Bradford, but do not match up to the explosiveness of the Eagles receivers.
Eagles: Brent Celek has good talent, but has failed to live up to the top five expectations he has acclaimed every year, but is certainly a solid target. With him is second year player, Clay Harbor. Harbor had a sub-par rookie season but has looked decent in training camp and the pre season.
Rams: Daniel Fells and rookie Lance Kendricks lead a promising young core of tight ends that have potential to be a big part of Josh McDaniel’s offense.
Eagles: The Eagles offensive line allowed Michael Vick to be sacked 34 times in 2010. With the additions of Kyle DeVann, Danny Watkins, Jason Kelce, Evan Mathis, and moving Todd Herremans to right tackle, expect the line to be much more than shaky. They will struggle until they find their groove so do not expect much out of this group.
Rams: Left Tackle, Roger Saffold, is one of the most gifted linemen in the league. After that, center Jamaal Brown has been solid for years, and Bell, Dahl, and Jason Smith have complimented these stars to make an extremely well developed lines.
Except for the offensive line struggles, the Eagles have tons more weapons on offense than the Rams. If the offensive line comes in to block this year, expect the Eagles to have another dominant offensive season.