Eagles Gameday Essentials
Here are some quick notes on the Eagles’ 1 p.m. matchup with the Browns in Cleveland.
TV: The game will be called by Dick Stockton and John Lynch on Fox. Most in Philadelphia will also get Bills-Jets early on CBS (Marv Albert, Rich Gannon).
At 4 p.m., 49ers-Packers will be broadcast locally on Fox (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman). The Sunday night matchup is Steelers-Broncos on NBC. And there will be two Monday night games: Bengals-Ravens at 7, and Chargers-Raiders at 10:15.
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The Line: The Eagles are now 10-point favorites, according to Bovada, and the over/under is 43.5. Only the Texans (hosting the Dolphins) are bigger Week 1 favorites at -13. Per SportsInsights.com, 78 percent of the action is on the Eagles to cover.
Chat: Join me and Tim live at 1 p.m. for updates and observations throughout the game.
Matchups: Click here and here for both of my cheat sheets, which tell you everything you need to know about how the two teams stack up. And just head to the blog front to get caught up on everything we’ve written this week.
* Browns running back Trent Richardson will start, according to NFL Network’s Albert Breer. Richardson had arthroscopic knee surgery last month and missed the entire preseason. Meanwhile, linebacker Scott Fujita is unlikely to play. Fujita was initially suspended for the Saints’ bounty scandal, but that ruling was overturned on Friday.
* Cornerback Joe Haden told the Akron Beacon Journal he expects to mirror DeSean Jackson. Marty Mornhinweg this week called Haden one of the top corners in the league. Jackson is looking to put a disappointing 2011 campaign behind him and will face a good test right away. On the other side, the Eagles have a favorable matchup with Jeremy Maclin against ex-Eagle Sheldon Brown.
* Dion Lewis is questionable, and Bryce Brown could be LeSean McCoy’s backup. From what we saw in the preseason, Brown has A LOT of work to do in pass protection. The guess here is that if he gets in the game, the Eagles will give him the ball, call a screen or go with a pass play that doesn’t require him to do a lot as a blocker.
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