Are you ready for some Eagles football Montco, and is it normal for me to be this excited about preseason? If you bleed green like me, the obvious answers are yes, and yes! We all know preseason is not a clear indication of how the year will play out, but that has not affected my anticipation in the least. Why should it? The next four months will be filled with cheesesteaks, football pools, web gems, Merrill Reese, beer, tailgating and of course, obligatory Eagles chants. It looks like that missing dent in my couch cushion will be reappearing soon enough!
After what was a depressing year from the Sixers and Flyers, and with the continuing struggles of our Philadelphia Phillies, the anxiety for football’s arrival is thick in the air. Personally, I’ve never been more geeked out to watch the Birds’ rumble out onto Lincoln Financial Field, and I’m not even expecting anything moderately good. We have a new coach which means inevitable growing pains. Our defense is stretched entirely too thin, and although our offense bodes a roster full of explosive talent they have yet to gel together as a unit during a regular season game. These are just some of the general concerns that our city’s team is facing. Who even knows what will transpire with our QB situation?! All worries aside, I’m just happy to have a fresh start and to see some long overdue changes within the team.
Chip Kelly is ushering in a new era of football for Philadelphia Eagles fans. His presence has already made positive impacts throughout the front office and locker room. Despite Chip’s overwhelming success as head coach in Oregon, there’s no telling what the season will look like and if his offensive mind will transfer to success at the professional level. To be honest, I could care less about their record this year. Even if we go 0-16, at least we won’t have to hear Big Red’s excuses on the podium week after week. Don’t get me wrong, Big Red deserves his dues after 14 seasons, but now Philly fans are ready to start anew!
We would touch on the whole Riley Cooper situation but I think that’s gotten plenty of press already. If it wasn’t for aour unproven group of receivers, and season ending ACL injuries to Macklin and Arrelious Benn, I think Cooper would have been cleaning out his locker days ago. Upon his return to the team, Cooper eluded that he will have to live with the guilt and embarrassment of what he said everyday for the rest of his life, and deservedly so.
To me, I think having high expectations for this years team would be unrealistic and unfair at best. This season I don’t have to get my hopes up to make the playoffs or win a Super Bowl, I can just simply enjoy each game for what it is…football! Below is the upcoming regular season schedule for the 2013 Philadelphia Eagles season and my predictions as well. The team and I at Montco Happening want to hear your thoughts and predictions so feel free to share with us in the comment box located at the bottom of this article. It all starts this Friday night as the Eagles take on the New England Patriots at home. Let’s Go Birds, cuckawwww!!!
EAGLES 2013: SCHEDULE & PREDICTIONS
Monday, Sept. 9 @Washington Redskins 7:10pm (Loss)
Sunday, Sept. 15 San Diego Chargers 1pm (Win)
Thursday, Sept. 19 Kansas City Chiefs 8:25pm (Win)
Sunday, Sept. 29 @Denver Broncos 4:25pm (Loss)
Sunday, Oct. 6 @New York Giants 1pm (Loss)
Sunday, Oct. 13 @Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1pm (Win)
Sunday, Oct. 20 Dallas Cowboys 1pm (Loss)
Sunday, Oct. 27 New York Giants 1pm (Loss)
Sunday, Nov. 3 @Oakland Raiders 4:05pm (Win)
Sunday, Nov. 10 @Green Bay Packers 1pm (Loss)
Sunday, Nov. 17 Washington Redskins 1pm (Loss)
Sunday, Nov. 24 BYE WEEK
Sunday, Dec. 1 Arizona Cardinals 1pm (Loss)
Sunday, Dec. 8 Detroit Lions 1pm (Loss)
Sunday, Dec. 15 @Minnesota Vikings 1pm (Loss)
Sunday, Dec. 22 Chicago Bears 1pm (Win)
Sunday, Dec. 29 @Dallas Cowboys 1pm (Win)
*J.C.’s Predictions: 6-10 record in 2013