NFL Team Preview- Philadelphia Eagles

Here’s a look at the NFL team preview for the Philadelphia Eagles:

Philadelphia Eagles

Coaching Staff: 

  • Head Coach– Doug Pederson
  • Offensive Coordinator– Mike Groh
  • Defensive Coordinator– Jim Schwartz
  • Special Teams– Dave Fipp

ODDS TO WIN:

  • NFC Championship- 9/2
  • Super Bowl- 8/1
  • Over/Under Win Totals- 10

Last 4 Season Win Totals:

  • 2014- 10
  • 2015- 6
  • 2016- 6
  • 2017- 16

Offense

Quarterbacks:

The good thing about the Eagles for this season is the fact that they have two capable quarterbacks. They prefer Carson Wentz to be the starter but they have to gauge how healthy he is as he recovers from an injury. Nick Foles is in the wings and performed admirably last year and went on to become the Super Bowl MVP.

Running Backs:

There isn’t a running back on the Eagles that is a stud runner. Head Coach Pederson likes to run by committee. He will lead with Jay Ajayi with his speed and power. From there he beckons 35-yr old Darren Sproles who will be coming back from a knee injury. Corey Clement and rookie Donnel Pumphrey will be in the mix.

Receivers:

Zach Ertz caught 74 passes and scored eight touchdowns as one of the three-headed receivers on the Eagles. Nelson Agholor also had eight touchdowns on 62 passes and Alshon Jeffrey led the receiving squad with nine touchdowns. Mike Wallace has been added from Baltimore where he had 124 catches.

Offensive Linemen:

This was one of the best offensive lines in pro football last year. Right tackle Lane Johnson, right guard Brandon Brooks, and center Jason Kelce were each selected to play in the Pro Bowl last year. Now left tackle Jason Peters should return from a torn ACL this year. The sky is the limit for this group.

DEFENSE

Defensive Linemen:

This line starts with Pro Bowler Fletcher Cox and his ability to wreak havoc on the opposing team. From there it turns to 33 yr-old Michael Bennett and then there is hope for improvement from Tim Jerrigan to reach his potential. Chris Long, Brandon Graham, and first-round selection Derek Barnett will make the edges hard to get around for the opponents.

Linebackers:

Mychal Kendricks and Nigel Bradham were significant in the Super Bowl run as they had to cover for middle linebacker Jordan Hicks who was out with a ruptured Achilles. Because of Hicks medical history, Corey Nelson and Paul Wordlow were signed as free agents.

Secondary:

The safety position is in good hands with Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod. Now there are opening as a few retirements and Tre Sullivan will be asked to move from the practice squad to starter. Avonte Maddox was selected in the NFL draft and will compete for a slot position job.

Special Teams:

Jake Elliott was signed after game one last year as the kicker and he far exceeded expectations. He was 26-for-31 on field goal attempts which included a 61 yards buzzer-beater to defeat the Giants. Cam Johnston will be the leader for taking over punting jobs and Darren Sproles will be asked to return punts.

Schedule

Preseason Schedule:

August 9- Steelers  HOME  7 PM

August 16- Patriots  AWAY  7:30 PM

August 23- Browns  AWAY 8 PM

August 30- Jets  HOME  7 PM

Regular Season Schedule:

(all games Eastern time)

September 6- Falcons   HOME  8:20 PM

September 16- Buccaneers  AWAY  1 PM

September 23-Colts   HOME  1 PM

September 30- Titans   AWAY  1 PM

October 7-Vikings   HOME   4:25 PM

October 11- Giants   AWAY   8:20 PM

October 21- Panthers   HOME  1 PM

October 28- Jaguars   LONDON, ENGLAND  9:30 AM

November 4- BYE WEEK

November 11- Cowboys  HOME  8:20 PM

November 18- Saints   AWAY   1 PM

November 25- Giants   HOME 1 PM

December 3- Redskins   HOME   8:15 PM

December 9- Cowboys   AWAY  4:25 PM

December 16- Rams   AWAY   8:20 PM

December 23- Texans   HOME  1 PM

December 30- Redskins   HOME  1 PM

Other Information

CEO- Jeffrey Lurie

General Manager- Dan Smolenski

Address-One NovaCare Way, Philadelphia, PA

Phone- 215-463-2500

Website-www.philadelphiaeagles.com

Stadium- Lincoln Financial Field

Capacity- 69,596

Surface- Grass