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PRO Predictions: Week 1 picks for Patriots vs. Eagles

Experts share their picks for the Patriots Week 1 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, presented by SERVPRO.


Experts share their picks for the Patriots Week 1 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, presented by SERVPRO.

Mike Reiss, ESPN:

Pick: Patriots 28, Eagles 24

The Eagles have an OC calling plays for the first time, a new DC, and haven't played their top players in the preseason – so they'll be knocking off some notable rust. The Patriots, in a raucous environment celebrating Tom Brady, will be in position to take advantage.

Matt Bowen, ESPN: Eagles

Mike Clay, ESPN: Eagles

Dan Graziano, ESPN: Eagles

Eric Moody, ESPN: Eagles

Lindsey Thiry, ESPN: Eagles

Seth Wickersham, ESPN: Patriots

Ali Bhanpuri, Eagles 26, Patriots 19

Brooke Cersosimo, Eagles 28, Patriots 23

Dan Parr, Eagles 23, Patriots 14

Gennaro Filice, Eagles 23, Patriots 14

Tom Blair, Eagles 35, Patriots 24

Why Ali Bhanpuri is taking the Eagles: Nowhere to go but up for the Patriots offense after last year's debacle, but what a brutal test for this unit right out of the gate. The Eagles' size and depth up front should pose problems for New England's run game, putting too much pressure on Mac Jones' shoulders. Quick passes and a heavy dose of 12 personnel could help the Patriots hang around, but they'll be throwing jabs against a team that thrives on landing haymakers. While I expect New England to be feisty this year, not even an offseason worth of game planning from Bill Belichick or the G.O.A.T.'s return to Foxborough can compensate for the talent gap between these two clubs. Bill O'Brien might wish he had stayed in Tuscaloosa after this one.

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports:

Pick: Eagles 30, Patriots 22

The defending NFC-champion Eagles are going to find out what it's like to be the hunted this season, starting in this one. They have the talent to handle it, but it's a tough road to navigate this season. New England will be good on defense this season, but the Eagles offense and Jalen Hurts will be too big of a challenge to open the season. Mac Jones won't keep up.

Will Brinson, CBS Sports: Patriots

Dave Richard, CBS Sports: Eagles

Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports: Eagles

John Breech, CBS Sports: Patriots

Jared Dubin, CBS Sports: Eagles

Tyler Sullivan, CBS Sports: Eagles

Jamey Eisenburg, CBS Sports: Eagles

Pro Football Talk

Mike Florio: Eagles 30, Patriots 23

Chris Simms: Eagles 30, Patriots 24

Paul Perillo,

Pick: Eagles 27, Patriots 10

The unsettled nature of the Patriots offensive line leads to trouble against Eagles vaunted pass rush.

Mike Dussault,

Pick: Eagles 28, Patriots 13

The Patriots have more important questions to answer than the Eagles do. The Patriots will have a respectable showing, but Philly has too much across the board for Week 1.

Evan Lazar,

Pick: Eagles 27, Patriots 21

The Patriots are competitive throughout, with positive signs from the offense, but the Eagles ultimately have too much firepower offensively for New England to keep up on the scoreboard.

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