Week 2 of the NFL season concludes tonight with the Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) visiting the Indianapolis Colts (0-1) for Monday Night Football.
The Eagles rallied from a 17-0 halftime deficit in their season opener to beat the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars 34-17, and they did it despite losing All Pro guard Evan Mathis to a knee injury, as well as tackle Allen Barbre (ankle) who was himself filling in for the suspended Lane Johnson (PED... no, not for his Johnson, as far as we know). All three remain unavailable so they'll be fielding a cobbled-together O-line tonight.
The Colts had a tougher game to start the season, losing 24-31 to the Denver Broncos. They're without a Mathis of their own - Robert Mathis, that is, who was suspended for four games for PEDs (possibly for his Mathis, we don't know) and then lost for the season to a torn Achilles tendon. Replacing his career-high 19.5 sacks last season won't be easy.
Neither team face the Bears this season but, obviously, the Eagles are in the NFC so a loss could help our playoff aspirations down the road.
Fun fact: The last time these two teams faced one another was in November 2010, when Michael Vick outperformed Peyton Manning (game passer ratings of 93.8 and 67.0, respectively) as the Eagles edged a 26-24 contest.
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