The time has come, week 1 - opening day - is just about here in the NFL. This is a fresh start for our Houston Texans. Our first challenge of the season will be a tough one, taking on the Philadelphia Eagles. The game will be played in our house, Reliant Stadium. The Eagles are obviously a very good team, the most winning team over the past 5 years although they did have an off-year last season finishing up 6-10 with the T.O. saga and injury to McNabb. Offensively, they are very dangerous with Donovan McNabb the QB. He has a lethal combination on speed, power and throwing accuracy making it very difficult for the opposing defense obviously. RB Brain Westbrook also is a very good player. He was also a little banged up last season, but still managed 600 yeards both on the ground and in the air with 7 TD's as well. Eagles coach Andy Reid also wants more focus on the running game this year, so he could be very dangerous. Also watch for Ryan Moats, Reno Mahe and Bruce Perry to get a few carries, espically on 3rd down. Even though Terrell Owens is gone, Eagles WR Donte' Stallworth will be a key player with their offense as well. He is very fast, had almost 1,000 yeards recieving last season, and McNabb will bee looking his way often Sunday. LJ Smith, the Eagles TE is somebody to watch out for as well. He is said to be very good at stretching the middle of the field, and has become more productive each year during his 3-year career. He had 61 receptinos for 682 yards last season, very good for a TE. Defensively, the Eagles are top notch. Though they struggled some last season, coming in at 21st in passing yards allowed, 23rd in total yards allowed, and near the bottom of the league in sacks and pass interference penalties. However, with new additions such as Darren Howard and Brodorick Bunkley they will only compliment Jevon Kearse and Jeremiah Trotter. This is a very dangerous front four and will look to get pressure on the opposing QB early. Behind their front four, their secondary is very talented despite a rather off-year last season. Brian Dawkins, Lito Sheppard, Sheldon Brown and Micheal Lewis are all household names and all four of them aside from the under-rated Sheldon Brown have made the Pro Bowl. I will mention a quick note on Special Teams for the Eagles- David Akers. One of the most reliable kickers in the NFL. Akers is very trust-worthy.He is coming off a groin-injury from last season. Akers still appears he will be a very reliable kicker for Philidelphia this season and reutnrs himslef to Pro Bowl Status. Overall, just a quick summary, the Philadelphia Eagles had a rather rough year last season with the whole Terrell Owens saga and a good amount of injuries. All of the players are healthy this year, and the entire team is very hungry to return to playoff status this year, and with this talent, should have no problems in doing so espically under a great coach such as Andy Reid. Looks like a tough opener for our boys the Houston Texans this Sunday, but it is in our house and we are also pumped up! My ''Keys to the game'' will be posted Thursday Evening.