Super Bowl Champions have another hot season
The Eagles solidly won the NFC Championship game last season and marched straight to the Super Bowl, where they took a resounding win over the New England Patriots. Only Pats fans were sad.
The last time the Eagles won an NFL title was in 1960, and this season will prove their win was not a fluke. Quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Nick Foles, 1 and 2 respectively, continue with this powerhouse team.
General Manager Howie Roseman and Head Coach Doug Pederson also remain at the helm. Let’s skip over the first preseason game (Eagles took a beating from the Pittsburgh Steelers) because many starters, well, just didn’t start. I’ll give credit to Coach Pederson’s opinion that he is working with his “deepest [Eagles] roster” yet. Just waiting to see how that pans out.
Critical players MIA, but for how long?
The Eagles’ offense has a slightly new look. The team promoted Mike Groh to offensive coordinator and hired Gunter Brewer as new receivers coach. This is hardly the story to watch though. A torn ACL has Wentz’s return to the field by Week 1 up in the air. And, Super Bowl MVP Foles sits on the sidelines with a neck injury. Another offensive concern is when WR Alshon Jeffery can return, as he recovers from rotator cuff surgery.
Like Wentz, LT Jason Peters, RB Darren Sproles, and S Chris Maragos left the 2017 season early with injuries. They remain with the team, but their preseason activity is tempered. If everyone comes back like new, however, this team will look pretty much the same as last year.
All eyes on
For all you doubters out there, this team let’s us know they earned and deserved last season’s glory.
What we can count on this season is yet another solid defense. Two hot topics to watch:
Who will fill the Eagles’ weakside linebacker spot. The team released Mychal Kendricks with the promise of a Week 1 return by LB Jordan Hicks, who suffered a season-ending injury in 2017. But, Hicks did not fill this role and we are all scratching our heads.
(2) CB Sidney Jones. As an injured draft pick in 2017, Jones played only one game last season. This season, the Eagles have him in a starting position. If his promise of talent carries the day, we won’t even notice his youth and lack of experience.
The Eagles take their fairytale 2017 season to a new level, with top players returning AND remarkably healed. For all you doubters out there, this team let’s us know they earned and deserved last season’s glory. They march straight to post-season.
Below is the Eagles’ schedule for 2018:
Week 1: Sept. 6 vs. Atlanta Falcons*
With an overall edge over the Falcons and wins in the last two face-offs, the home bird takes the win.
Week 2: Sept. 16 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers*
These teams last met in 2016, with the Eagles taking the win. Tampa Bay’s defense will collapse under Philly’s offense.
Week 3: Sept. 23 vs. Indianapolis Colts*
The Eagles’ powerhouse makes this no contest.
Week 4: Sept. 30 at Tennessee Titans*
We have to go back to 2014 for the last pairing of these teams, so let’s not. The Eagles’ defense plays a big role in this game.
Week 5: Oct. 7 vs. Minnesota Vikings
This is an exciting game to watch. The Eagles trounced the Vikings in last season’s NFC Championship. The Vikings’ defense and preseason quarterback sauce don’t let that happen again.
Week 6: Oct. 11 at New York Giants
We’ve covered this from the other side. The Giants, desperate for their first home win, have us all believing in miracles.
Week 7: Oct. 21 vs. Carolina Panthers*
These teams like to pass wins back and forth. The Eagles’ sharp offense breaks the trend for a follow up win.
Week 8: Oct. 28 at Jacksonville Jaguars*
This is another hot ticket game to watch. This writer just isn’t feeling the Jaguars on this one, especially since there really is no home field advantage in London.
Week 9: Bye Week
Week 10: Nov. 11 vs. Dallas Cowboys*
This conference rival goes my way.
Week 11: Nov. 18 at New Orleans Saints*
I just don’t see the Saints getting past the Eagles’ defense. (I’m still wrapping my head around their warbled win of a first preseason game).
Week 12: Nov. 25 vs. New York Giants*
You know how it goes. Eagles fly.
Week 13: Dec. 3 vs. Washington Redskins*
The Eagles took the win for both games last season. The trend continues.
Week 14: Dec. 9 at Dallas Cowboys*
This is not fickle; I promise. The Eagles continue to own it.
Week 15: Dec. 16 at Los Angeles Rams*
The Eagles took 43 points from the Rams in their head-to-head last season. Once again, the Rams defense can’t stop the Eagles offense.
Week 16: Dec. 23 vs. Houston Texans*
These teams have met sporadically in the last 12 years. The Eagles have taken the win each time, and this year there’s no reason to think that pattern changes.
Week 17: Dec. 30 at Washington Redskins*
As regular season closes, the Eagles have a hot post-season run on their minds. They go out with a bang.