Eagles versus New England: 10 Patriots to watch during the Week 1 season opener

The Eagles have their hands full in Week 1 with what should be an inspired and well-coached Patriots team.
Ezekiel Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles
Ezekiel Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles / Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
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Ezekiel Elliott, running back

The Eagles have their 'Giants Killer' in Boston Scott, and unfortunately, for as long as he had been a member of the Dallas Cowboys, the so-called America's Team had a Birds killer on their roster. Who would have thought? Zeke left the NFC East, and as fate would have it, Philly still has to play this guy anyway.

Make no mistake about it. Zeke may have filled out a change of address form, but we haven't taken him off of our radar.

Elliott signed with New England on August 16th by way of a one-year deal. In 12 career games versus Philly, his team has come out on the winning side nine times. He has produced 1,107 yards and six rushing touchdowns on 233 career attempts. He has also produced 357 yards and a TD on 49 receptions.

It kind of makes you wonder. Knowing that his Pats had a game to play versus Philly could have been part of the reason that Belichick added this guy in the first place, no?

Rhamondre Stevenson, running back

Zeke isn't the only tailback that the Eagles will need to limit. Rhamondre Stevenson, New England's starter figures to get quite a few touches in this one. Heck, he has already had a ton of carries ahead of his third NFL season.

After notching 133 attempts as a rookie during 12 games, he was handed the rock 210 times last season. 1,646 rushing yards and ten touchdowns have been added to his professional resume as a result. He also has 83 receptions, 544 receiving yards, and a receiving TD on his stat line. Keep an eye on him as we move through this one.