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McLane and Berman predict the Eagles season

The Inquirer’s Eagles beat reporters make their predictions for the Eagles season:

McLane and Berman predict the Eagles season

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. (Matt Rourke/AP)
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. (Matt Rourke/AP)

The Inquirer’s Eagles beat reporters make their predictions for the Eagles season:

JEFF MCLANE – 6-10
ZACH BERMAN – 7-9

Monday, Sept. 9
at Washington Redskins, 7:10 p.m.

LOSS – Even with Robert Griffin III unlikely to be near 100 percent healthy, the Redskins will run over the Eagles defense behind running back Alfred Morris. -- J.M.

LOSS -- The return of Griffin will overshadow the introduction of Chip Kelly, although both teams will put up big numbers on Monday Night Football.  – Z.B.

Sunday, Sept. 15
vs. San Diego Chargers, 1 p.m.

WIN – The Eagles interviewed new Chargers coach Mike McCoy, but Kelly’s fast break offense shows why he was the team’s first choice. – J.M.

WIN -- Kelly’s home opener will be remembered because of a big day by Michael Vick, who gives a vintage performance to even the Eagles’ record. – Z.B.

Thursday, Sept. 19
vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 8:25 p.m.

LOSS – The Eagles’ third game in ten days ends with a loss to former boss Andy Reid, who inherited more talent on his roster than Kelly did. – J.M.

WIN -- Philadelphia fans cheer Reid and Donovan McNabb, and then celebrate a winning record. Kelly demonstrates better clock management than his predecessor. – Z.B.

Sunday, Sept. 29
at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m.

LOSS – Peyton Manning vs. the Eagles secondary will be like Goliath vs. David. Wait, bad analogy … -- J.M.

LOSS -- The record falls back to .500 at the right arm of Manning, who dominates the Eagles’ defensive backfield in a Mile High blowout. – Z.B.

Sunday, Oct. 6
at New York Giants, 1 p.m.

LOSS – Game 5 will be a marker for how Michael Vick performed in the first month. If he’s struggled, calls for Nick Foles will mount by the time the Eagles travel to the Meadowlands. – J.M.

LOSS -- Tom Coughlin once offered Kelly a job, and he outcoaches Kelly in the Meadowlands. The Eagles struggle to cover the Giants’ wide receiving tandem. – Z.B.

Sunday, Oct. 13
at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m.

LOSS – The Bucs improved secondary will give Vick and/or Foles fits. Greg Schiano took the Tampa job two years ago after Kelly passed. He edges him out here. – J.M.

WIN -- The Eagles win in Tampa Bay for the second consecutive season, although this one doesn’t require a last-minute win by Nick Foles. If Foles is playing at this point, it’s bad news for Vick’s future. – Z.B.

Sunday, Oct. 20
vs. Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m.

LOSS – Dallas has one of the few defenses switching from a 3-4 to a 4-3. Rookie right tackle Lane Johnson should have his hands full with defensive end DeMarcus Ware. – J.M.

LOSS -- Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin might not be happy to see Kelly after struggling against Kelly when Kiffin was at USC, but the Cowboys defense is better – and does enough to win. – Z.B.

Sunday, Oct. 27
vs. New York Giants, 1 p.m.

WIN – Kelly scores his first NFC East win. The Eagles offense will need to light up scoreboards to compensate for the defense. This could be one of those games. – J.M.

LOSS -- Another division loss keeps the Eagles winless in the NFC East. This one is more competitive than the first meeting. – Z.B.

Sunday, Nov. 3
at Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m.

WIN – The Raiders have sunken to Al-Davis-like depths. Whether Matt Flynn or Terrell Pryor is at quarterback, a subpar offense could give Bill Davis’ unit a needed week of dominance. – J.M.

WIN -- This is the worst team the Eagles play, although they must travel cross-country to play them. The long flight won’t get in the way of a victory. – Z.B.

Sunday, Nov. 10
at Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m.

LOSS – Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has said that he is trying to emulate the success Packers GM Ted Thompson has had with roster-building. He gets an up-close look in Title Town. – J.M.

LOSS -- What a difference one week makes. Aaron Rodgers won’t look like the Raiders quarterback, and the Packers dominate the Eagles. – Z.B.

Sunday, Nov. 17
vs. Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. 

LOSS – With Griffin likely to be closer to his old self, the Eagles defense could have trouble containing the Redskins’ play-action, read-option combo of plays. – J.M.

WIN -- The Eagles avenge a season-opening loss, secure their first win, and enter the bye week 5-6. – Z.B.

Sunday, Nov. 24
Bye

Sunday, Dec. 1
vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m.

LOSS – The Eagles sink to 3-9 with a loss to the just as-bad Cardinals. Kelly could face a crossroads here: Whether to forge on with Vick, if he’s still healthy, or turn to Foles or rookie Matt Barkley. – J.M.

WIN -- Andy Reid was always best after the bye. Kelly wins his first post-bye week game to bring the Eagles to .500. – Z.B.

Sunday, Dec. 8
vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.

WIN – Detroit has an explosive offense with Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush, but the Eagles have the horses with DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown to win a shootout. – J.M.

LOSS -- Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson put up big numbers against the Eagles’ pass defense, and the Lions win in Philadelphia for consecutive seasons. – Z.B.

Sunday, Dec. 15
at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.

WIN – There’s certainly a level of intrigue in seeing Kelly’s up-tempo offense indoors and on turf. This will be the first of two games the Eagles play in a dome. – J.M.

WIN -- The Eagles pick up another road win despite the deafening dome-field advantage in Minnesota. At 7-7, an outside shot at the postseason seems possible. – Z.B.

Sunday, Dec. 22
vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. 

LOSS – With a game to go, Kelly can start sorting out which players have futures with the Eagles beyond 2013. As much as things turned around late in the season, he could have trouble winning a close one. – J.M.

LOSS -- The Eagles cannot outscore the Bears, and Eagles fans leave the home finale bitter that faint postseason hopes have vanished. – Z.B.

Sunday, Dec. 29
at Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. 

WIN – The Eagles end Kelly’s first season with a victory in Big D. It was a bumpy ride, but he wins three of his final four. Optimism for 2014 abounds. – J.M.

LOSS -- The Cowboys are playing for a playoff bid, while the Eagles are simply getting ready for 2014. Kelly finishes his first year at 7-9 -- a three-win improvement from 2012. – Z.B.

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