For the first time since the Eagles’ blowout loss in Tampa Bay back in January, there will be meaningful football played Sunday. The Eagles open their season tomorrow in Detroit to take on the Lions at 1 p.m. The day fans all around the world have been waiting for is almost here. Here are three predictions for how the contest turns out.

1. Brandon Graham records two sacks in his return

After losing basically all of last season with a torn achilles, there might not be a player with a bigger chip on their shoulder than BG. Graham, a Detroit native, missed the game last season in Detroit when the Eagles blew the Lions out 44-6. Now, he gets his first game back in his hometown. There is no question he will come out with an extra gear Sunday. With so many star names on the Eagles’ defensive line, Graham could be somewhat forgotten about especially after not playing last season. After Sunday, BG will have fans remembering how big of a force he is.

2. Miles Sanders records over 100 rushing yards and adds a touchdown

Shane Steichen has come out repeatedly and reminded everyone that Miles Sanders is the RB1 on this team. Miles is now back practicing and looks to be good to go Sunday. With so much noise surrounding Miles and now heading into a contract year, he knows this is a big year. Running behind the best offensive line in football is also a great advantage to have. Even with the Eagles’ new-look offense, they are still going to need to run the ball. Miles has the skill set to be an elite running back, he just hasn’t put it all together yet in his career. Miles is looking to prove a point and Sunday could be the start of that.

3. Eagles pull out a hard-fought 27-20 win in Detroit

Going into hostile territory in week one is never easy. The Lions will be looking to improve on their disappointing season last year, and Dan Campbell looks to be heading his team in the right direction. The Lions are a tough scrappy team led by a head coach who knows how to rally his players. The Lions will put up a fight, but in the end, the Eagles’ talent will outmatch them. Starting the season off with a win away is always a great start.

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