Monday, September 1, 2014

Political Banter

It's Labor Day ... September 1st, 2014 ... politics is getting heated up as the mid-term Congressional elections near.
Here in Illinois, there is much at stake we are being told as Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner challenges incumbent Democratic Governor Pat Quinn. There is also the so called "tight race" between incumbent U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D) and challenger Jim Oberweis (R), a dairy farmer who is a five time loser for political office prior to finally winning  a seat in the Illinois state legislature two years ago.
Starting with the Senate race, I for one am not buying a new poll conducted by some pollster I've never even heard of. Oberweis will lose to Durbin by at least 8 to 10 points, which is considered a landslide in politics. The poll claims Durbin's edge is down to just seven or eight points.
Tell me more... Seems there is a local black pastor in Chicago named (Bishop) Larry Trotter who, along with fellow pastor Corey Brooks, has suddenly swayed his choice of endorsement from Durbin to Oberweis.
Hmmmm ... could it possibly be the secret donor money pouring in (a la citizens united) that is helping to "sway" the two pastors' opinions? You know, things like kick back money to the church for their public endorsement of the GOP candidate that the billionaire donors are backing?
No doubt about it.
Durbin leads Oberweis by nearly double digits and the media is claiming it's a close race.
Huh?
The 8 to 10 point margin is pretty much the margin I have been predicting for Durbin come November and that's right where the poll seems to be. But again, to hear the corporate controlled media talking about it, it's like it's neck and neck right now as they come toward the stretch run for this year's election.
Now for the Illinois Governor's race ...
Pat Quinn isn't perceived as a real good governor, however, the guy has done things for the state of Illinois and unemployment has dipped in the state since he took over for disgraced former governor Rod Blagojevich nearly five years ago.
Along comes Rauner, who has NEVER held any type of political office whatsoever and he wants to

buy the HIGHEST POLITICAL OFFICE, the governor's office, with his his untold billions of dollars (he's a VULTURE CAPITALIST JUST LIKE MITT ROMNEY) and thinks he will be able to dictate to the people of Illinois just like Rick Snyder in Michigan ... Scott Walker in Wisconsin ... Rick Scott in Florida ... Chris Christie in New Jersey ... etc. ... but you get the idea.
I for one am sick and tired of all this secret money being pumped into various states to buy the elections.
It's wrong Wrong WRONG!!!
Screw the U.S. Supreme Court and the insane "citizens united" decision from 2010 where it was deemed that corporations are people and can buy their way into politics, both nationally and locally.
Of course, it didn't work so well in 2012 when the billionaire donors lost their asses in the elections and Barack Obama was re-elected in a landslide against Rauner, oops... I mean Romney. Same dude really when you think about it.
Bottom line is corporations are NOT people... never have been, never will be.
Nationally, it looks like control of the U.S. Senate could hinge on the races in Arkansas and Kentucky, where incumbents Mark Pryor (D-Arkansas) and Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) are in tight races and the Republicans need to carry both states to (possibly) get the majority in the Senate come January.
Fat chance!
Pryor will win a narrow race in Arkansas and McConnell is on his way out and he knows it as Democratic challenger Allison Grimes is leading slightly in some polls while others have the race in a dead heat.
McConnell has been cow towing to his billionaire masters (Koch brothers) and now makes no secret about it as the corporate ass kisser that he is.
Elections are strange things as history has proved throughout the years, so count on this year's mid-term Congressional elections to provide drama as the usual suspects (candidates and media alike) attempt to tell us what we should believe come November.
Stay tuned.





Sunday, August 31, 2014

2014 NFL Season Preview

Here is a capsule style look at the upcoming NFL season with predictions for the division races and the playoff possibilities. Heftyinfo also attempts to correctly pick the winner of the Super Bowl for the 2014 season.   (Last year was spot on as predicted here ... the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 48.) 




Predictions for the 2014 season and playoffs (Playoff teams listed in bold type)

NFC 

East - 1. Philadelphia  2. Dallas  3. NY Giants  4. Washington

North - 1. Green Bay  2. Chicago  3. Detroit  4. Minnesota

South - 1. New Orleans  2. Carolina  3. Atlanta  4. Tampa Bay

West - 1. Seattle  2. San Francisco  3. Arizona  4. St. Louis


AFC 

East - 1. New England  2. NY Jets  3. Miami  4. Buffalo

North - 1. Cincinnati  2. Baltimore  3. Pittsburgh  4. Cleveland

South - 1. Indianapolis  2. Tennessee  3. Houston  4. Jacksonville

West - 1. Denver  2. San Diego  3. Kansas City  4. Oakland


NFC Playoffs - Wild Card Round ... Green Bay over Chicago ... San Francisco over Philadelphia

AFC Playoffs - Wild Card Round ... Indianapolis over Baltimore ... San Diego over Cincinnati

NFC - Divisional Round ... Green Bay over New Orleans ... Seattle over San Francisco

AFC - Divisional Round ... Denver over Indianapolis ... San Diego over New England

NFC Championship - Seattle over Green Bay

AFC Championship - Denver over San Diego






                                                         SUPER BOWL 49


      
            Seattle over Denver



Thursday, August 28, 2014

2014 NFL PREVIEW - Detroit Lions

DETROIT LIONS                                                      


2013 Record: 7-9-0

Key Additions: WR Golden Tate; RB Jed Collins; S James Ihedigbo; DL-LB Darryl Tapp.

Key Losses: DL Willie Young; S Louis Delmas; OL Jason Fox; WR Nate Burleson; QB Shaun Hill; DL Israel Idonije.

HEAD COACH: Jim Caldwell

Offense: The Lions will have quarterback Matthew Stafford (4,650 passing yards with 29 touchdowns and 19 interceptions) running the show once again. Dan Orlovsky is back in Motown once again as the backup.
The running game got a shot in the arm with Reggie Bush, who went for 1,006 yards on the ground (4.5 ypc average) and four touchdowns in addition to making 54 receptions for 506 yards and three more scores. The Lions also have Joique Bell (650 yards, 3.9 ypc and eight TD) to complement Bush as well as adding a good blocking fullback in Jed Collins, who comes over from New Orleans via free agency.
Calvin Johnson leads the wide receivers after hauling in 84 catches for 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. Golden Tate (64, 898 yards, five TD with Seattle) will line up along with "Megatron" after signing with the Lions in the off-season. Brandon Pettigrew (41, 416, two TD), Joseph Fauria (18 receptions for 207 yards with seven TD) and top rookie pick Eric Ebron (North Carolina) will be the tight ends.
The line consists of center Dominic Raiola, guards Rob Sims and Larry Warford and tackles Riley Reiff and LaAdrian Waddle.

STATS - Then Lions can throw the ball, evidenced by their third ranked passing attack that averaged 280 yards per game. The running game managed 112 yards per game (17th) and their total offense averaged 392 yards per game, which was sixth in the NFL. The Lions averaged just under 25 points per game in 2013 while turning the football over 34 times (19 INT and 12 fumbles) and gave up 23 QB sacks.

Defense: Up front in the 4-3 alignment are Ndamukong Suh (5.5 QB sacks) and Nick Fairley (six sacks) at the tackles along with Ziggy Ansah (eight sacks) and Jason Jones at the ends. Darryl Tapp, C.J. Mosley, Devin Taylor and Caraun Reid will play backup roles.
Stephen Tulloch is the middle linebacker while the outside spots are manned by rookie Kyle Van Noy (BYU) and DeAndre Levy, who had six interceptions last season.
Darius Slay and Chris Houston will play the corners in the defensive backfield along with safeties Glover Quin (three picks) and James Inhedigbo.

STATS - Detroit ranked 23rd overall in total defense, giving up 347 yards per game. The run defense was solid, allowing 100 yards per game (sixth in NFL) while the pass defense lagged behind by allowing 247 yards, which ranked 23rd overall. The Lions allowed 23.5 points per game last season, which was 15th and had 33 QB sacks while getting 15 interceptions and seven fumble recoveries.

OUTLOOK: The Lions tanked down the stretch last year and finished third in the NFC North as they lost six of their final seven games.
New Head Coach Jim Caldwell would like to see the team be more consistent this year after six one-score losses in the 2013 season doomed the Lions' playoff chances.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford and WR Calvin Johnson form arguably the most formidable pass-catch combo in the league and with Reggie Bush running and catching the ball out of the backfield, it adds to the versatility on offense. Golden Tate is the other wideout to take pressure off Johnson.
The Lions can score points, unfortunately they allow a lot of scoring as well because the pass defense gives up too many big plays and the front seven didn't get pressure on opposing quarterbacks as they had in past seasons. A better pass rush and an improved secondary will be the key for the Lions in 2014 as they look to get back to the playoffs for the first time in three years.
They also have to cut down on the turnovers (19 interceptions and 15 fumbles lost last year) if they want to contend with Green Bay and Chicago in the NFC North this season.
Perhaps an 8-8 season will be where the Lions wind up in 2014 because they always seem to find ways to lose games and it cost them again last year. If they can right the mistakes, perhaps they will improve enough to make the playoffs.

2014 SCHEDULE:
Week 1- vs. NY Giants
Week 2- at Carolina
Week 3- vs. Green Bay
Week 4- at NY Jets
Week 5- vs. Buffalo
Week 6- at Minnesota
Week 7- vs. New Orleans
Week 8- at Atlanta (London, England)
Week 9- BYE WEEK
Week 10- vs. Miami
Week 11- at Arizona
Week 12- at New England
Week 13- vs. Chicago
Week 14- vs. Tampa Bay
Week 15- vs. Minnesota
Week 16- at Chicago
Week 17- at Green Bay

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

2014 NFL PREVIEW - Arizona Cardinals

ARIZONA CARDINALS                                         


2013 Record: 10-6-0

Key Additions: CB Antonio Cromartie; TE John Carlson; WR Ted Ginn, Jr.; LB Larry Foote; OL Ted Larsen; RB Jonathan Dwyer; OL Jared Veldheer.

Key Losses: RB Rashard Mendenhall; LB Karlos Dansby; WR Andre Roberts; CB Antoine Cason; LB Jasper Brinkley; OL Daryn Colledge.

HEAD COACH: Bruce Arians

Offense: Quarterback Carson Palmer enjoyed a good year in 2013, passing for 4,274 yards with 24 touchdowns and 22 interceptions and is looking to get the Cardinals into the NFC playoffs this year. Drew Stanton will be the backup.
The backfield lost leading rusher Rashard Mendenhall (retirement) but still has Andre Ellington, who ran for 652 yards (5.5 ypc average) and scored three touchdowns. Stepfan Taylor played sparingly last season but will get his chances now that he is the number-two man in the running game. Jonathan Dwyer, who had limited carries with Pittsburgh last year, is also available.
The wide receivers are led by Larry Fitzgerald (82 receptions for 954 yards and 10 touchdowns) and Michael Floyd (65, 1,041 yards and five TD) while Rob Housler (39, 454, one TD) and John Carlson (32, 344, one TD) form a good tight end tandem. Ted Ginn, Jr. (36, 556, five TD) comes over from Carolina to add depth to the receiving corps while Jay Ballard and rookie Troy Niklas (Notre Dame) will be in reserve at the tight end position. Rookie John Brown (Pittsburgh State-Kansas) is a player who may get a chance as well at wide receiver.
The offensive line is anchored by center Lyle Sendlein. The guards are Jonathan Cooper and either Paul Fanaika or Earl Watford. The tackles will be Jared Veldheer and Bobby Massie. Ted Larsen, Bradley Sowell and Nate Porter will look to help when called into action.

STATS - Arizona was 12th in total offense last year, averaging 346 yards per game while scoring just under 24 points per game. They were 13th in passing with 250 yards per game while the running game averaged 96 yards per game, which was 23rd overall. The Cardinals allowed 41 QB sacks and turned the ball over 31 times last season.

Defense: Nose tackle Dan Williams is the man in the middle of the 3-4 set for Arizona. The ends are Calais Campbell (nine QB sacks) and Frostee Rucker, who will being filling a big role left vacant by Darnell Dockett, who is out for the season with a knee injury. Others in the fold up front include Alameda Ta'amu, Ed Stinson, Anthony McCloud and rookie Kareem Martin (North Carolina).
The linebackers are inside men Kevin Minter and Larry Foote, who comes over via free agency and will step in for Daryl Washington, who is serving a season long suspension. The outside linebackers are John Abraham (11.5 sacks) and Matt Shaughnessy.
In the secondary the corner men are Antonio Cromartie (three interceptions with New York Jets last year) and Patrick Peterson, who also picked off three passes. The safeties are Tyrann Mathieu and possibly top rookie draft pick Deone Bucannon (Washington State). Others looking to contribute are Jerraud Powers, Tony Jefferson, Rashad Johnson, Orhian Johnson and Curtis Taylor.

STATS - This defense played superb against the run last year, allowing just 84 yards per game, which was first in the NFL. The pass defense was 14th, giving up 233 yards. The Cardinals finished sixth overall in total defense, allowing 317 yards per game. The scoring defense finished seventh, giving up 20 points per game. Arizona had 47 QB sacks and intercepted 20 passes while recovering ten fumbles.

OUTLOOK: For the Arizona Cardinals to duplicate last season's surprising success (even though they did not make the playoffs) they will need the defense to have an encore performance, in particular against the run while also continuing to be an opportunistic defense with the turnovers.
Head Coach Bruce Arians showed he can succeed as the top man after helping lead the Indianapolis Colts to the NFL playoffs in 2012 as the interim Head Coach while Chuck Pagano was being treated for cancer.
The Cardinals offense showed they can move the ball with QB Carson Palmer hooking up with Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd on a regular basis. The running game needs to improve, so Andre Ellington will be on display in that area in 2014.
Turnovers were a problem last year (Palmer threw 22 picks) so the Cardinals must cut down in that area if they want to move up in the NFC West standings, where San Francisco and the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks loom large.
If the defense can play dominant football once again (Cards were the number one run defense in the NFL last year) and the offense can show more spark on the scoreboard while limiting the turnovers, the Cardinals can indeed win ten games (or more) again this season.
The call here is for an 8-8 season in Arizona this year as the Cardinals will not be sneaking up on opposing teams as they seemed to do last year when they were taken lightly.  It's up to them to show that last season was not a fluke.

2014 SCHEDULE:
Week 1- vs. San Diego
Week 2- at NY Giants
Week 3- vs. San Francisco
Week 4- BYE WEEK
Week 5- at Denver
Week 6- vs. Washington
Week 7- at Oakland
Week 8- vs. Philadelphia
Week 9- at Dallas
Week 10- vs. St. Louis
Week 11- vs. Detroit
Week 12- at Seattle
Week 13- at Atlanta
Week 14- vs. Kansas City
Week 15- at St. Louis
Week 16- vs. Seattle
Week 17- at San Francisco

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

2014 NFL PREVIEW - Green Bay Packers

GREEN BAY PACKERS                                       


2013 Record: 8-7-1

Key Additions: LB-DL Julius Peppers; DL Letroy Guion; RB Michael Hill.

Key Losses: WR James Jones; TE Jermichael Finley; OL Evan Dietrich-Smith; DL Johnny Jolly; S M.D. Jennings; DL Ryan Pickett; DL C.J. Wilson; OL Marshall Newhouse.

HEAD COACH: Mike McCarthy

Offense: The Packers have quarterback Aaron Rodgers (2,536 passing yards in just nine games with 17 touchdowns and only six interceptions) back healthy again and that is huge. The backup will be either Matt Flynn (1,146 yards with seven TD and four INT) or Scott Tolzien, who had 717 passing yards with one touchdown and five interceptions.
Eddie Lacy helped to solve the Packers' rushing dilemma in his rookie season, going for1,178 yards (4.1 ypc average) and scored eleven touchdowns. James Starks is a good backup, who went for 493 rushing yards (5.5 ypc) and scored three times.
The wide receiving troops will have a slight shakeup this season as James Jones left for Oakland via free agency and tight end Jermichael Finley was not re-signed in the off-season. However, Jordy Nelson, the team's leading receiver in 2013, is coming off a big time year, as he had 85 receptions for 1,314 yards and eight touchdowns.
Along with Nelson is Randall Cobb, who made 31 catches for 433 yards with four touchdowns. Jarrett Boykin (49, 681, three TD) is the third receiver. Rookies Davante Adams (Fresno State) and Jared Abbrederis (Wisconsin) are also looking to get on the field. The tight end is Andrew Quarless, who has overcome injury plagued seasons to become the starter. Quarless made 32 receptions for 312 yards and two scores a year ago. He will likely have rookie Richard Rodgers (California) as the backup.
The offensive line will have J.C. Tretter at center while Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang will play the guard positions. The tackles are David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga.

STATS - The Packers ranked third in the NFL in total offense (400 yards per game) last year. The running game was seventh overall with 133 yards per game while the passing game hummed along with 267 yards per game, which ranked sixth. Green Bay averaged 26 points per game to finish eighth in scoring last season. They turned the football over 25 times (16 INT and nine fumbles) while giving up 45 quarterback sacks.

Defense: Datone Jones and Julius Peppers (7.5 QB sacks with Chicago last season) are the likely starting defensive ends this season in the 3-4 set while either Josh Boyd or Letroy Guion will be the nose tackle following the season ending injury to B.J. Raji (torn biceps) in the pre-season. Mike Daniels (6.5 sacks) will rotate up front between end and tackle. Rookie Khyri Thornton (Southern Miss) will also get a look on the defensive front.
The Packers linebackers will be Clay Matthews (7.5 sacks) and Nick Perry (four sacks) on the outside while A.J. Hawk (five sacks) and either Brad Jones or Jamari Lattimore will be on the inside.
The secondary showed significant improvement from 2012 and will have Morgan Burnett and rookie Ha Ha Clinton-Dix at the safety positions while the corners are Tramon Williams (three interceptions) and Sam Shields, who led the team with four interceptions.
Backing up in the defensive backfield will be Casey Hayward, Davon House, Micah Hyde, Chris Banjo and Sean Richardson.

STATS - Giving up 372 yards per game ranked Green Bay 25th in total defense last year. The Packers gave up 125 yards rushing per game (25th) while the pass defense yielded 247 yards, which was 24th overall. The scoring defense also ranked 24th in the NFL, allowing just under 27 points per game. Green Bay registered 44 quarterback sacks and made eleven interceptions while recovering eleven fumbles.

OUTLOOK: With quarterback Aaron Rodgers back at full strength headed into the 2014 season, the Green Bay Packers are one of the top picks in the NFC to possibly reach the Super Bowl.
The former league MVP and Super Bowl champion QB came back in the final regular season game last year to lead the Packers into the playoffs. Head Coach Mike McCarthy will have plenty of weapons surrounding his quarterback and that makes life easier for the Packers in the rugged NFC North division.
The running game looks to be solid once again with the one-two punch of Eddie Lacy and James Starks. The receivers always play well enough (thanks to Rodgers) for the Packers to be among the top offenses in the NFL.
On defense, the Packers will have to go at it without massive B.J. Raji up front at nose tackle, but they do have two adequate backups and the "next man up" mentality in Green Bay will be put to the test once again this year. The addition of pass rush specialist Julius Peppers should help ease the burden on linebacker Clay Matthews, whose sack numbers were down last season as he had some nagging injuries.
The secondary has to get back to the ball hawking ways of a few seasons ago when the Packers led the league in the turnover category in addition to not giving up so many big plays.
All in all, the Packers seem to be in good shape heading into the 2014 season as they and Chicago seem to be the favorites to win the NFC North. A 10-6 record (or possibly better record) is likely and how far Green Bay goes in the post-season will depend on their ability to win on the road in the playoffs. 

2014 SCHEDULE:
Week 1- at Seattle
Week 2- vs. NY Jets
Week 3- at Detroit
Week 4- at Chicago
Week 5- vs. Minnesota
Week 6- at Miami
Week 7- vs. Carolina
Week 8- at New Orleans
Week 9- BYE WEEK
Week 10- vs. Chicago
Week 11- vs. Philadelphia
Week 12- at Minnesota
Week 13- vs. New England
Week 14- vs. Atlanta
Week 15- at Buffalo
Week 16- at Tampa Bay
Week 17- vs. Detroit

Monday, August 25, 2014

2014 NFL PREVIEW - Philadelphia Eagles

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES                                       


2013 Record: 10-6-0

Key Additions: RB Darren Sproles; QB Mark Sanchez; OL Andrew Gardner; LB Bryan Braman; CB Nolan Carroll; S Malcolm Jenkins.

Key Losses: WR DeSean Jackson; WR Jason Avant; QB Michael Vick; S Patrick Chung.

HEAD COACH: Chip Kelly

Offense: The Eagles found a gem in quarterback Nick Foles, who took over as the starter last year and passed for 2,891 yards with 27 touchdowns and only two interceptions in eleven games. Former New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley will be ready in reserve.
Running back LeSean McCoy had a monster season, rushing for a league best 1,607 yards (5.1 ypc average) and scored nine touchdowns while also making 52 receptions for 539 yards and two scores. Darren Sproles (220 rushing yards along with 71 catches for 604 yards and four total TD with New Orleans) is on board in Philadelphia this season and adds versatility to the offense with his quickness. Chris Polk will carry the ball in mop up time.
The wide receivers get a big boost as Jeremy Maclin returns this year after missing 2013 with a knee injury. Along with Maclin is Riley Cooper, who had 47 catches for 835 yards (17.8 ypc) and eight touchdowns. Two rookies in the mix are Josh Huff (Oregon) and Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt) along with Jeff Maehl, who played sparingly last season. The tight ends are Brent Celek (32, 502, six TD) and Zach Ertz, who made 36 receptions for 469 yards and four touchdowns.
The line has center Jason Kelce along with guards Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans. The tackles will be Lane Johnson and Jason Peters.

STATS - The Eagles went for 417 yards per game a year ago, which was second in the NFL in total offense. They also scored just under 28 points per game, which ranked fourth. The running game was first in the NFL, averaging 160 yards per game. The passing game averaged 257 yards, which was ninth overall. The Eagles turned the ball over 19 times while their quarterbacks were sacked 46 times.

Defense: Fletcher Cox and Cedric Thornton are the ends in the 3-4 set while Bennie Logan will play nose tackle. Brandon Bair, Damion Square and Vinny Curry (four QB sacks) are ready to go up front as well.
The linebacking unit has Conner Barwin (five QB sacks) and Trent Cole (eight sacks) on the outside while DeMeco Ryans (four sacks) and Mychal Kendricks (four sacks and three interceptions) will play on the inside. Top rookie pick Marcus Smith (Louisville) will see action at linebacker as well as Emmanuel Acho, Brandon Graham, Bryan Braman and Jason Phillips.
In the secondary, Cary Williams (three picks) and Bradley Fletcher (two INT) will man the corner spots while Malcolm Jenkins and Nate Allen will play the safety positions. Brandon Boykin led the team with six interceptions last season and along with rookie Jaylen Watkins (Florida),  Nolan Carroll, Earl Wolff and Chris Maragos, will be ready to help out this season.

STATS- The defense was lackluster, especially against the pass. The Eagles gave up 394 yards per game, which was 29th overall. They also allowed 24 points per game (17th) while the pass defense was dead last in the NFL, giving up an average of 290 yards per game. The run defense allowed 104 yards per game, which was tenth overall. The Eagles did get 37 QB sacks and forced 31 turnovers, including 19 interceptions to go with twelve fumble recoveries.

OUTLOOK: It's hard to pick against the Eagles in the NFC East after the way they rolled down the stretch last year to win the division title under first year Head Coach Chip Kelly.
The offense is fast paced and can roll up the yardage and score points under the direction of quarterback Nick Foles, who was brilliant last season. The Eagles need more of the same from Foles again this year. Meanwhile, running back LeSean McCoy dominated the NFL last year, going for over 2,100 yards from scrimmage while leading the league in rushing.
If wide receiver Jeremy Maclin can come back from knee problems of a year ago, he adds to the attack along with Foles and McCoy. Throw in versatile Darren Sproles in the backfield and that adds to the mix of potent offense.
In other words, this team is loaded on offense.
The defense needs to step up, especially the secondary, which did get 19 interceptions a year ago, but was also torched too many times for a league worst pass defense in 2013. If the Eagles can right that problem area and also get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks, they very well could be right there with Seattle, San Francisco and Green Bay as NFC favorites to reach the Super Bowl.
Another 10-6 looks to be in the future this season and that should be good enough for the Eagles to win the NFC East once again.
Whether or not they can get out of the first round of the playoffs this season will depend mainly on the defense and how much further progress Foles can make come playoff time.

2014 SCHEDULE:
Week 1- vs. Jacksonville
Week 2- at Indianapolis
Week 3- vs. Washington
Week 4- at San Francisco
Week 5- vs. St. Louis
Week 6- vs. NY Giants
Week 7- BYE WEEK
Week 8- at Arizona
Week 9- at Houston
Week 10- vs. Carolina
Week 11- at Green Bay
Week 12- vs. Tennessee
Week 13- at Dallas
Week 14- vs. Seattle
Week 15- vs. Dallas
Week 16- at Washington
Week 17- at NY Giants