Here’s a look at the NFL team preview for the Philadelphia Eagles:
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
CEO- Jeffrey Lurie
General Manager- Dan Smolenski
Address-One NovaCare Way, Philadelphia, PA
Stadium- Lincoln Financial Field