After an exciting start to the 2013-2014 NFL season, local gridiron fans are hyped for the return of Monday Night Football.
Week one of the league comes to a close with a doubleheader on Monday, Sept. 9, on ESPN. At 6:10 p.m. Cayman time, the Philadelphia Eagles face the Washington Redskins and at 9:20 p.m., the Houston Texans challenge the San Diego Chargers.
Perry Levy currently plays for the reigning local flag football dynasty, the dms West Bay Hellcats. Levy is a diehard Eagles supporter and said Monday’s contest will be a good test.
“I think the NFL schedule makers nailed this one as the entire offseason seemed to revolve around Robert Griffin III’s knee and the intrigue of Chip Kelly’s offense and how it will translate at the NFL level,” Levy said. “Combine that with the fact that these are division foes, featuring two of the most dynamic dual threat quarterbacks we have in the league, sets up a potential classic.
“What are my thoughts as the Eagles start the 2013-2014 season? Optimistic comes to mind first. Chip brings a sense of new energy and hope to us Eagles fans and we, like many others, are eagerly awaiting to see how great Chip’s offensive mind really is.
“I think it goes without saying that our defense will be shaky this year with the implementation of a new scheme from the 4-3 to 3-4. That said, our overall success will heavily depend on our offensive production. I believe in the hype and will go out on the limb and say that we will win the division and Michael Vick has a career year.”
Pigskin lovers in the Cayman Islands joined fans around the world in watching the Denver Broncos dismantle the reigning champions, the Baltimore Ravens, 49-27. Denver’s Peyton Manning had a spectacular debut, throwing seven touchdowns and racking up over 450 passing yards.
Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco was pedestrian in comparison with two TDs and 362 passing yards.
Week 2 starts on Thursday, Sept. 12, when the New York Jets face the New England Patriots. The NFL Network will broadcast the game from 7:25 p.m.