Chip Kelly's Philadelphia Eagles squad shocked the world in 2013, riding QB Nick Foles while becoming one of the most feared (and creative) offensive forces in the entire NFL en route to an NFC East title.
The Eagles opened the 2014 NFL season against a young, hungry Jacksonville Jaguars squad who looks locked in and ready to prove themselves in the AFC South.
After the Jaguars opened the game with a quick three-and-out in front of a hostile Philly crowd, the Eagles seemed primed and set up to utilize their arsenal of offensive weapons to full effect.
However, despite a 26-yard connection to fantasy football favorite, TE Zach Ertz, Nick Foles would eat a sack on the forthcoming third down, as safety Chris Clemons flew in on the secondary blitz and forced a fumble that was recovered by the Jags at the Philly 44.
Four plays and 44 yards would be all Jacksonville QB Chad Henne would need to lead the Jaguars to their first score of 2014, with Henne hitting WR Allen Hurns for the 34-yard scoring strike.
It would end up being a case of troubling deja vu for the Philadelphia Eagles on the next set of possessions as Nick Foles fumbled once again in the midst of being sacked, handing the ball right back to Jacksonville on the Philly 21.
Henne-to-Hurns would seal the deal for Jacksonville once again, as the pair would connect on a 21-yard score to push the lead to 14-0 and stun the Philadelphia crowd.
Philly's third drive would amass just 17 yards before a punt, as the vaunted Eagles attack had just 37 yards (with two turnovers) on their first three possessions against a swarming Jacksonville defense.
The suddenly high-powered Jacksonville offense would have a hiccup on their next possession, as Chad Henne was swallowed by the Eagles pass rush for a three-and-out cinching 3rd down play.
Philly's offense would continue to struggle, picking up 16 yards on four plays (a Foles 12-yard connection to TE Brent Celek the only highlight) before they were forced to punt it away.
With Philly's offense at just 53 yards of offense after four possessions, Henne and - you guessed it - Hurns almost picked that up on one play on the first play of their next drive. After a 46-yard "hello, once again" between the two (giving Hurns three catches for 101 yards and two scores at this juncture), the Jaguars offense would stall out and settle for a 49-yard Josh Scobee field goal to extend the lead to 17.
A murmering Eagles crowd was treated to another rough sequence on Philly's next touch, as the pass protection broke down once again and allowed a free shot at Nick Foles. That would cap off a three-and-out as Philadelphia's offensive coaching staff was left scrambling for answers.
Jacksonville would fail to capitalize on the three-and-out, missing a field goal on their next possession. Nick Foles would finally get the Eagles' offensive legs churning on their next touch, but he would turn the ball over for the third time in the half after being picked off in the end zone on a pass intended for Celek.
Jacksonville would use up five-and-a-half minutes of clock and 12 plays to push themselves down to the Philly 18, but a 36-yard Josh Scobee field goal would be blocked to give the Eagles a bit of life during an excruciating first half.
The teams would trade punts from there before the first half ended on a desperate heave from midfield by Nick Foles towards the end zone. It would not connect as the Eagles would be sent into the locker room down 17-0.Back to the Philadelphia Eagles Newsfeed