PHILADELPHIA - Greetings from Lincoln Financial Field, where the Eagles are playing their first home game under coach Chip Kelly against San Diego.

Judging by the jammed parking lots and festive atmosphere outside the Linc, interest in the Eagles is higher than ever. A capacity crowd is expected, which is a big difference from Andy Reid's first game in 1999. Reid's debut against Arizona was blacked out on local TV.

By now, you probably know I picked the Eagles to win today 35-28 and improve to 2-0. Here are five players to keep an eye on today.

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1. CB Brandon Boykin: Starting cornerback Bradley Fletcher is inactive with a concussion. Boykin, who had his first career interception on Monday against Washington, will start in his place while Brandon Hughes will take over Boykin's spot in the slot. Hughes is also worth keeping an eye on. He wasn't even on the roster for the opener.

2. RB Bryce Brown: Kelly indicated that he wants to reduce LeSean McCoy's workload against the Chargers. McCoy had a career-high 31 carries against the Redskins. Brown showed potential last season, but was hurt by fumbling issues.

3. TE James Casey: He was supposed to be a big factor in the offense, but barely played against the Redskins. Maybe Kelly was holding him back for today.

4. LB Mychael Kendricks: He was all over the field against the Redskins, notching a team-high 10 tackles. He's considered the Eagles' most versatile linebacker.

5. DE Damion Square: The rookie free agent has replaced Vinny Curry as one of the top backups on the defensive line. Curry, a 2012 second-round draft pick, is inactive for the second straight game.


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