Friday, August 11, 2017

Philadelphia Eagles - 2017 NFL Season Preview

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES                                         

2016 Record - 7-9-0

Head Coach - Doug Pederson

Offensive Rank - 22nd  (337 yards per game, 22.9 points scored per game)

Defensive Rank - 13th  (343 yards allowed per game, 20.7 points allowed per game)

Carson Wentz is the top quarterback after passing for 3,782 yards along with 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in his rookie year. Nick Foles and Matt McGloin will be the backups.
Running back LeGarrette Blount (1,161 yards and 18 TD) comes over from the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots to lead the attack. Wendell Smallwood (312 yards), Ryan Mathews (661 yards, eight TD) and all-purpose back Darren Sproles (438 rush yards, 52 receptions for 427 yards and four total TD) provide depth for the Eagles.
The wide receivers are Alshon Jeffery (52 receptions, 821 yards, two TD with Chicago), Torrey Smith (20, 267, three TD with 49ers), Nelson Agholor (36, 365, two TD) and tight end Zach Ertz, who had 78 receptions for 816 yards and four touchdowns last year.
The Eagles defense features Fletcher Cox (6 1/2 QB sacks) and Brandon Graham (5 1/2 sacks) up front along with linebacker Jordan Hicks (five interceptions). Rodney McLeod (three INT) and Malcolm Jenkins (three picks), along with newcomer Ronald Darby (acquired via trade from Buffalo for WR Jordan Matthews) will lead the secondary.

OUTLOOK FOR 2017 - The Eagles will have plenty of versatility and depth in their backfield this season and barring injuries, could be among the league leaders in rushing yardage. The passing game should get a boost from Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith (provided both are healthy) as the wide receivers for Wentz to throw to along with tight end Zach Ertz.
This team should score some points and if the defense can contain opposing offenses, the Eagles just might challenge the Cowboys for the NFC East division title. However, after getting off to a fast 3-0 start last season, the Eagles crashed back to earth and finished the season with a losing record.
This team could avoid that same fate as long as they stay healthy and Wentz displays the talent he played with in the first part of the season as opposed to the level of play in the middle part when the team dropped five games in a row. A 10-6 record is not out of the question for Philadelphia and they could be a playoff team this season.

Week One - at Washington
Week Two - at Kansas City
Week Three - vs. NY Giants
Week Four - at LA Chargers
Week Five - vs. Arizona
Week Six - at Carolina
Week Seven - vs. Washington
Week Eight - vs. San Francisco
Week Nine - vs. Denver
Week Ten - BYE
Week Eleven - at Dallas
Week Twelve - vs. Chicago
Week Thirteen - at Seattle
Week Fourteen - at LA Rams
Week Fifteen - at NY Giants
Week Sixteen - vs. Oakland
Week Seventeen - vs. Dallas

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