Giving up just under 20 points per game while scorching the grass they play on by averaging 371.8 yards per game, is it possible the Philadelphia Eagles are this good? Well let’s look at it.
After going 7-9 in 2016, Philadelphia’s front office decided to go out and make substantial additions like Alshon Jeffrey, Ronald Darby (injured at the moment), Torrey Smith, and LeGarrette Blount. They also added in the draft by grabbing Tennessee sack record holder Derek Barnett along with corners Rasul Douglas and Sidney Jones. Even today they just traded for Jay Ajayi for a 4th round pick according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Even with all the moves, the main cause for the Eagles success Carson Wentz is on fire and I am not talking about his hair. The second year quarterback has thrown for 2,063 yards and 19 touchdowns in just eight games and is leading the race for MVP. Wentz’s MVP numbers are due to his upgraded receiving corpse, great play calling by second year head coach Doug Pederson, good offensive line play, and simply just great quarterback play. Wentz showed great potential in his rookie season as he led the Eagles to a 4-0 record right out of the gate but, they started to slide and went 3-9 the rest of the way. But this year something’s different. Wentz has defenses off-balance with his running ability and accuracy down field with seven passing plays going 40 yards or more.
Can we believe it? Time and Wentz will give us that answer soon enough. My idea on how legit the Eagles are will start to form after their games against the Dallas Cowboys and the Seattle Seahawks because as of now Philly hasn’t had that tough of a road. The toughest team they faced, the Kansas City Chiefs, they lost to. If you take the Chiefs off the schedule the Eagles are 7-0 but the combined record of the teams they’ve faced falls to a lowly 18-33. Still, they did put up a fight against the Chiefs AT Kansas City and they beat a formidable Carolina Panthers team.
I think Wentz has proven he is a legit upper-tier NFL quarterback with his play this season and he is going to continue to get better so when the question, “can we trust the Eagles?” arises, we start looking somewhere else. The main weakness for Philadelphia right now is their secondary with Ronald Darby ailing from a dislocated ankle in week 1 and inexperienced players like Jalen Mills, Douglas, and Jones manning the corner spots it is difficult to stay afloat in this pass happy league. At this point in time the Eagles give up the seventh most pass yards per game and that is not going to help with a title run.
The Eagles are most likely going to wind up winning the NFC East because the second place Dallas Cowboys just lost possibly their best player, Ezekiel Elliot, for the next six weeks. That sounds like the Eagles have an easy path to the crown but, Philly recently lost star left tackle Jason Peters for the season due to a knee injury. Without Peters, the offensive line is going to need to step up along with the secondary and if those two things happen, watch out because Carson Wentz has the ability to lead them to the promised land.