[2017 NFL Preview] Philadelphia Eagles

Another day, another NFL preview right here on THE USB!

We are getting ever so closer to the end of August which means we are inching closer to the end of these here previews and actually getting to play some meaningful football!

Are you as excited as myself?

I don’t think it’s possible.

Anyway, let’s get to today’s preview! FLY EAGLES FLY!!!!

LEZZZZZZZZZZZ DOOOOOOOOOOOO DISSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

2017 NFL Preview

 

 

 

 

Record Last Five Seasons: 4-12 (2012), 10-6 (2013), 10-6 (2014), 7-9 (2015), 7-9 (2016)

Last Playoff Win: 2008 Divisional vs. New York Giants

Last Playoff Appearance: 2013 Wild Card vs. New Orleans

Super Bowl Wins: None

Last Super Bowl Appearance: Super Bowl XXXIX vs. New England Patriots

 

The Head Coach:

Doug Pederson

Coaching Record: 7-9

Playoff Record: 0-0

Grade: C-

 

2016-17 Team Leaders:

Passing Yards/Touchdowns: Carson Wentz (3,782), Carson Wentz (16)

Rushing Yards/Touchdowns: Ryan Mathews (661), Ryan Mathews (8)

Receiving Yards/Touchdowns: Zach Ertz (816), Zach Ertz (4)

Tackles: Nigel Bradham (102)

Interceptions: Jordan Hicks (5)

 

2017 Projected Starters:

Grade Key:

  • ELITE
  • GREAT
  • GOOD
  • NOT GOOD
  • ROOKIE
  • HORRIBLE

Offense:

QB: Carson Wentz

RB: LeGarrette Blount

WR: Alshon Jeffery

WR: Torrey Smith

WR: Nelson Agholor

TE: Zach Ertz

LT: Jason Peters

RT: Lane Johnson

RG: Brandon Brooks

LG: Isaac Seumalo

OC: Jason Kelce

Defense:

DE: Brandon Graham

DE: Vinny Curry

DT: Fletcher Cox

DT: Timmy Jernigan

LB: Jordan Hicks

LB: Nigel Bradham

LB: Mychal Kendricks

CB: Ronald Darby

CB: Jalen Mills

FS: Malcolm Jenkins

SS: Rodney McLeod

 

The Schedule:

vs. @ Washington Redskins (September 10)

vs. @ Kansas City Chiefs (September 17)

vs. New York Giants (September 24)

vs. @ Los Angeles Chargers (October 1)

vs. Arizona Cardinals (October 8)

vs. @ Carolina Panthers (October 12)

vs. Washington Redskins (October 23)

vs. San Francisco 49ers (October 29)

vs. Denver Broncos (November 5)

BYE WEEK

vs. @ Dallas Cowboys (November 19)

vs. Chicago Bears (November 26)

vs. @ Seattle Seahawks (December 3)

vs. @ Los Angeles Rams (December 10)

vs. @ New York Giants (December 17)

vs. Oakland Raiders (December 25)

vs. Dallas Cowboys (December 31)

 

Three Things I Like About The Eagles This Season:

-Defense: I love what the Eagles are bringing to the table on the defensive side of the ball. Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox are elite players at their position and the other two guys on the defensive line are pretty good players as well. The Eagles also have solid linebackers in Jordan Hicks and Nigel Bradham. The secondary is the main concern of the defense. The Eagles improved when they added Ronald Darby to the roster a few weeks back via a trade with the Buffalo Bills. Darby had an absolutely stellar rookie season with the Bills, but his play fell off a little bit last season and the Bills seemingly gave up on him. The Eagles have to be pumped that they got a young guy who’s not far removed from a great season, but they also have to be concerned because they have no depth at corner and if Darby plays like he did last year, it’s gonna be a long season for them. Good thing Philly has some damn fine players at safety to help make up for their depth at CB. Overall the Eagles are bringing an impressive defense to the table….at least on paper.

-Offensive Line: I’m not exactly in love with the Eagles offense, but I do love their offensive line. Jason Peters is getting up there in age, but he’s still a great player. Lane Johnson is one of the best tackles in the league and if you don’t believe me…just ask the Eagles fans who witnessed their offensive line play last year with him out. Brandon Brooks is one of the best guards in the league and Jason Kelce has been a consistent player for Philadelphia for six seasons now. If the Eagles struggle at all on offense this year, it won’t be because of their offensive line play.

-Good Overall Roster: Looking at Philadelphia’s roster from top-to-bottom, I have to admit it’s pretty good. I already mentioned their defense and their offensive line. Those positions alone should guarantee that the Eagles are fighting for a playoff spot. The Eagles also have a pretty good QB in Carson Wentz. Yes, he had a up-and-down season last year and the guy looks like another version of Alex Smith to me, but I think he’s capable of being a good quarterback in the NFL for years to come. He will play a huge factor for Philly this year in the playoff race. The Eagles don’t have a whole lot of weaknesses outside of depth at wide receiver and corner. It wouldn’t shock me at all to see this team playing post-season football this year.

 

Three Things I Hate About The Eagles This Season:

-Doug Pederson: I was never sold on Doug Pederson as the guy when the Eagles hired him and I’m still not. Pederson came over to the Eagles from the Kansas City Chiefs where he was the offensive coordinator….and didn’t even do a good job in that position. The Eagles hired him in an effort to get back to their glory days of the “Andy Reid Era” and I just don’t know if it’s going to work out. Philly has a good roster like I mentioned. This team should be expecting playoffs this year. If they don’t make it, I think we’ll all know why.

-The Schedule: Philly plays a pretty brutal schedule this year. First of all, they play in the NFC East and every team in the NFC East is capable of making the playoffs in my opinion. Secondly, the Eagles have to play the AFC West this season, another division that has four teams that could potentially make the playoffs. On top of that the Eagles have to travel to Carolina and Seattle, two teams that are also playoff contenders in my eyes. Like I mentioned earlier, Philly plays a brutal schedule and this season really could go a whole lot of different ways for them.

-Wide Receivers: I’m not a fan of what the Eagles are bringing to the table in the wide receiver department. Last year their leading receiver was a tight end and it wouldn’t shock me to see that happen again. Eagles fans were pumped to get Alshon Jeffery in the off-season, but that guy is no longer an elite wide receiver. He’s extremely injury-prone and his play has dropped off since storming into the league years ago. I think Eagles fans need to pump the brakes on him a little. Torrey Smith will be a nice addition for Carson Wentz when it comes to the deep route department, but that’s about it. And then there’s Nelson Agholor. Yuck. Good luck with these guys Carson.

 

The Prediction:

8-8

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