Eagles Fall Short to Chiefs

Week 2 did not go as well as Week 1, with the Eagles losing in a good matchup against the Chiefs, 27-20. The last second Hail Mary didn’t work and the Eagles will be going into Week 3 with a 1-1 record.

Carson Wentz had another remarkable game. He obviously has shown a lot of improvement from last season. This week, he had 25 completions out of 46 attempts (54.3%) for 333 yards and 2 touchdowns. He did throw one interception however. He also had 4 attempts for 55 rushing yards and fumbled twice, but both were recovered by the Eagles. His passer rating was 83.0.

The running game did terrible. LeGarrette Blount didn’t get a single carry. Quarterback Wentz led the team in rushing yards. Second was Darren Sproles, who had 10 carries for 48 yards. Wendell Smallwood had 3 attempts for 4 yards.

As opposed to their running, the Eagles did very well in passing. Wentz threw for 333 yards to 9 different targets. Tight end Zach Ertz had the most yards, with 97 yards in 5 receptions. He also has 3030 career receiving yards, becoming the 9th fastest player to reach 3000+ career receiving yards (63 games). Lead wideout Alshon Jeffery had 7 receptions for 92 yards and 1 touchdown after a quiet Week 1. Receiver Torrey Smith did better than last week with 4 receptions for 66 yards, but he also dropped a few passes that proved costly (including one in the end zone, which might have changed the game). Rookie Mack Hollins played his first NFL snaps, with 3 receptions for 32 yards. Running back Darren Sproles had 2 receptions for 30 yards. Nelson Agholor scored another touchdown, this one for 9 yards on his only target. However, it set up a potential game-tying drive, which did not work out. Running back LeGarrette Blount had 1 reception but failed to gain any yardage. Finally, Smallwood had 1 reception for a loss of 3 yards.

The offensive line did not protect very well. They let up 6 sacks for 34 yards. Left guard Isaac Seumalo looked extremely bad. He let up 4 of the 6 sacks. They are also a big reason in why the Eagles don’t like to rush the ball, but that’s also because the talent their sucks.

On defense, the Eagles let up 27 points but still did not do too bad. Vinny Curry, Rasul Douglas, and Malcolm Jenkins each had 4 tackles. Nigel Bradham and Corey Graham each had 3 (both also had 1 assisted). Fletcher Cox and Mychal Kendricks both had a nice game, with 2 tackles and 1 sack each. Brandon Graham and Timmy Jernigan each had 2 tackles (2 assisted each); the duo also shared a sack. Chris Long had a sack, but other than that, it’s about it. ¬†The secondary did better than expected, allowing 251 yards, but no more. The defensive line limited star running back Kareem Hunt to 13 carries for 81 yards. However, Hunt had a damaging 53 yard touchdown, as well as another touchdown.

Kicker Jake Elliot went 1/2 in field goals. He missed a 30 yard field goal at the end of the first half that would’ve tied the game up.

On a more positive note, the Dallas Cowboys lost 42-17 (ūüėāūüėāūüėā) to the Cowboys, so at least we’re still first in our division.

Thanks for reading this article. I hope you enjoyed it. Be sure to check out my other articles about the Eagles. Don’t forget to read my prediction for this game (which turned out pretty well) and don’t miss my prediction for next week’s game, when the Eagles head back home to the Linc to face the New York Giants in their home opener. Until then, this is Jacky Chen; have a nice day.

Result: Chiefs win 27-20

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Week 2: @Kansas City Predictions

Hey, what’s up people, it’s Jacky, and welcome to the analysis on the Week 2 matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs. Both teams had a tremendous first game, with the Chiefs defeated the reigning Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots, 42-27. The Eagles, meanwhile, managed to take down their division rivals, the Washington Redskins, 30-17 to tie the Dallas Cowboys for first in the division. These two teams will be facing off at Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium in Missouri. Here are the positional rankings and my prediction on the outcome (also, since the regular season has started, the rankings will be based on past performances this season and not on projections):

Out:

Eagles: Donnel Pumphrey (RB; hamstring), Ronald Darby (CB; ankle), Caleb Sturgis (K; hip), Destiny Vaeao (DL; wrist)

Chiefs: Eric Berry (S; ACL), Tamba Hali (LB; PUP) Spencer Ware (RB; LCL, PCL)

Offense:

                             Kansas City Chiefs                               Philadelphia Eagles

QB:                             Alex Smith                                            Carson Wentz

Wait, what? Alex Smith is the quarterback for the Chiefs? No way! Because when I watched the game, I clearly remember this “Alex Smith” throwing deep passes to Kareem Hunt and Tyreek Hill! What happened to the old, decision-making, cautious Alex Smith?

With his job in jeopardy due to Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes being chosen by the Chiefs in the first round, Smith had to revise his game to remain a starter. He did that by doing something that he did rarely, throw deep passes. Smith went 3/4 in passes 20 yards or longer for a total of 178 yards and 2 touchdowns. His rating on the deep ball was 156.3. In total, he had 28 completions out of 35 attempts for 368 yards, 4 touchdowns, for a 148.6 passer rating.

Wentz also had a nice first game. The second-year had some nice plays under pressure in the game against the Redskins. He went 26/39 for 307 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also threw an interception and lost a fumble.

Smith obviously will take the quarterback position, as he had one of the best games of Week 1. He was given an 83.7 overall grade by Pro Football Focus (4th) as opposed to Wentz, who had a 70.2 overall grade (16th).

 

RB:                   Kareem Hunt                                           LeGarrette Blount

Ugh, Blount had a terrible debut with the Eagles. He had 14 attempts for 46 yards. But hey, at least he managed to get a touchdown, right, even though it was only a 1 yard receiving one. This isn’t good LeGarrette. You got destroyed by a rookie, Kareem Hunt. Now, Hunt’s game was a totally different story. The 86th overall pick in this year’s draft from Toledo didn’t get an opportunity to play until Week 4 of the preseason when Spencer Ware was injured. He started in Week 1 and his first NFL carry resulted in a lost fumble. Yikes! Well, long story short he turned that negative around and accumulated 148 rushing yards, 98 receiving yards, and 3 touchdowns (2 receiving). His total of 246 yards from scrimmage is the most yards in a debut game (breaking Lions running back Billy Sims record of 215 yards from 1980). The rookie could manipulate his routes and we even got to see him break some tackles, not to mention the fact that he’s fast. Great performance by Hunt who obviously had a better game than Blount. It will be nice to see how Hunt will do against a great front 7, but then again, the Patriots also had a good defensive line.

 

 WR 1:                 Tyreek Hill                                                 Alshon Jeffery

Now, we all know that speedster Tyreek Hill had a great first game but there is no way you can keep a straight face and say that he’s better than Alshon. Alshon suffered from tight coverage from two great defensive backs in Week 1. I’m not taking anything away from my favorite receiver Hill, though. He had 7 receptions for 133 yards and a touchdown (Patriots secondary was a mess added on to the fact that he’s just way too fast). Meanwhile, Alshon only had 3 receptions for 38 yards. Hill might’ve had a better game but Alshon has more talent, as you could see from his time with the Bears.

 

WR 2:                 Chris Conley                                                Torrey Smith

Neither wide receiver really proved a lot in the 1st week. Conley had 2 receptions for 43 yards. Smith only had 1 reception for 30 yards. Career-wise, Smith obviously has the advantage. Conley had more receiving yards though so he can have the edge here.

 

Slot:               Albert Wilson                                                 Nelson Agholor

Agholor is far from proving himself to be a great receiver but his Week 1 performance was enough to make anyone think that the Eagles maybe didn’t waste a pick on him. In his first game, he had a respectable 6 receptions for 86 yards and even scored a touchdown. Wilson didn’t nearly have as good a game as Nelson, posting 5 receptions for 37 yards. I’m not sure whether Agholor will keep up his Week 1 success, but Wilson probably won’t do too well either way.

 

TE:                  Travis Kelce                                                       Zach Ertz

Both of these tight ends are on the elite end of the list. However, Kelce is higher than Ertz. Travis Kelce didn’t have a better game than Ertz, but it’s still no argument that Kelce is one of the, if not the, best tight ends in the league today. Ertz is young and is getting there but Kelce gets the edge on this.

 

O-Line:              Chiefs                                                                  Eagles

The Chiefs offensive line is average, at best. It consists of rising star Eric Fisher, Bryan Witzmann, center Mitch Morse, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, and Mitchell Schwartz. The group is not what you would consider elite but at least they didn’t let up any sacks in Week 1. That could change, however, because of the Eagles strong defensive line.

The Eagles offensive line did pretty good in Week 1. Wentz was sacked twice but that was mostly due to the amount of time it takes for him to throw. Peters, Seumalo, Kelce, Johnson, and Brooks looked great together and Vaitai was added into the mix, too.

 

Defense:

Defensive Line:      Chiefs                                                         Eagles

I haven’t stressed enough of the importance of the Eagles’ d-line to their team. They blitzed most of the plays in the game against the Redskins. It was very effective, holding the team to only 66 rushing yards.

The Chiefs, on the other hand, will not be able to beat the Eagles with their defensive line. With former Eagle, Bennie Logan, at nose tackle; talented second-year Chris Jones; and veteran Allen Bailey. In their first game, even with the sweeping victory, the d-line didn’t do too good, giving up 124 yards and three rushing touchdowns.

 

Linebackers:         Chiefs                                                          Eagles

The Chiefs’ linebackers are absolute beasts. Veterans Justin Houston and Derrick Johnson both have 4 Pro Bowl appearances each. Young Dee Ford is a backup to star Tamba Hali, but is also not doing bad himself. Second year Ramik Wilson had 96 tackles, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble/recovery, and 1 defensive touchdown.

The Eagles also have a good linebacker core, but they are, by no means, as good as the Chiefs. Their best linebacker in Jordan Hicks, who cannot compare to future Hall of Famer Justin Houston.

 

Secondary:              Chiefs                                                          Eagles

Not only do the Eagles have a bad secondary, but the Chiefs have a really good secondary. Sure, the Green Goblin had his first interception and Malcolm Jenkins had a solid game, but the Eagles are missing their game changer, Ronald Darby. I believe that the Eagles’ secondary will struggle, especially against a tough coverage in Tyreek Hill. If Kareem Hunt continues to catch passes alongside Tyreek, it will be a disaster.

The Chiefs are missing their best defensive back, Eric Berry, due to injury. In his place will be the young Terrance Mitchell, who has been on several teams and has yet to prove himself as a big name. Last season with the Chiefs, he played in 7 games, starting 2 of them and had 19 tackles and 7 pass deflections. Chiefs fans shouldn’t worry as they still have superstar Marcus Peters, who made the Pro Bowl both times in his two year career, led the NFL in interceptions in his rookie year, and won Defensive Rookie of the Year. They also have average Ron Parker and Daniel Sorensen, who has made some big plays in his career, including 2 forced fumbles, 3 interceptions, and 1 defensive touchdown.

Special Team:

Kicker:                     Cairo Santos                                             Jake Elliot

Cairo Santos is a pretty good kicker. He’s solid and has established himself in the league. Jake Elliot was signed from the Bengals, after failing to earn the starting job against kicker Randy Bullock.

Punter:                   Dustin Colquitt                                       Donnie Jones

Dustin Colquitt punted 6 times for 262 yards and an average of 43.7 yards per punt. His longest was 59 yards. He had 3 punts land within the 20 yard line.

Donnie Jones punted 4 times for 170 yards and an average of 42.5 yards per punt. His longest was 50 yards. He had 1 punt land within the 20 yard line.

Return Specialists:  Chiefs                                                        Eagles

The Chiefs’ return specialists are Tyreek Hill and De’Anthony Thomas. Hill is extremely fast and has a total of 976 yards in returns as well as 3 touchdowns.

 

Both teams are talented in their own way and it will be a tough matchup. The Eagles have yet to prove themselves, while the Chiefs were a playoff team last year. If the Eagles can beat the Chiefs, it shows that they are, in fact, improved from last season and signs that they may do well.

Result: Chiefs win; close game though

The game will take place tomorrow, Sunday, September 17, at 1:00 pm ET (12 noon CT). It will be broadcasted on FOX and will take place at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Don’t miss it, because I won’t.

Thanks for reading this article, I really hoped you enjoyed it. Make sure to stay on the alert for the results of this game and next week’s prediction. Later!

 

Week 2 players and match-ups to watch!

By Lawrence Edwards

WHAT A WEEK! Before we get started let’s look at what we learned from last week‚Äôs games…

  1. The Patriots defense is vulnerable, particularly against the run. Yea I know it’s week 1 but I have never seen a worse start for Belichek and Brady ever!
  2. The year of the rookie running back is off to a good start. Kareem Hunt, Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook, and Tarik Cohen exploded on the scene during their respective rookie debuts, with Cohen being a pleasant surprise to Bears fans
  3. The Giants offensive line is still the most offensive thing I’ve ever seen…
  4. Matthew Stafford so far is playing like a man who just got PAID!

Now that that refresher is over let’s look to week 2 shall we?

Two 1st ballot hall of famers, two multiple record holding QB’s, two of the most prolific QB’s of my generation, Two QB’s who stood and watched as they were out ‘quarterbacked’ and their defense was smoked by ‘lesser’ QBs and two rookie RBs… New England and New Orleans, two completely different cities and cultures got off to a similar start. The Patriots were destroyed on their home turf by Alex Smith and Kareem Hunt and the Saints were slaughtered by Sam Bradford and Dalvin Cook on the road. The good thing for the Saints is they get to play for the home crowd in their dome which has given them great advantage in the past years, the bad news is they play an angry hoodies Belichek and red eyed Tom Brady. After watching Sam Bradford and Stephon Diggs rip apart the Saints defense, Tom Brady is at home Birdman rubbing his hands as he watches game tape. I expect a little bounce back from the Pats defense but not by much. The Saints defense? Not so much. We could be in for a high scoring affair in The Big Easy.

Pats 38 Saints 28

The Steelers took care of business on the road against the Browns as expected and the defense had a stellar outing. The Vikings wiped the floor with the Saints and the defense was spectacular against Drew Brees. However for this game I can see a little less defense, not terrible but these two defensive units won’t perform like they did last week. The Vikings are not the Browns and their offense, albeit against a bad Saints defense, was running like a well oiled machine. On the other side the Steelers are not as QB dependent as New Orleans. Stephon Diggs and Adam Theilen are proving to be viable receiving threats who should be taken seriously and who you have to game plan for and don’t forget to add in rookie Dalvin Cook who is off to a good start to his career. The Steelers have a dynamic trio of their own in Antonio Brown, LeVeon Bell and Martavis Bryant. With both of these teams having the types of threats on offense as they do, it can make for some sparks on Sunday. However, I’m going with the home team here the Steelers trio is far better than the Vikings trio but that gap could close a little as the season goes on.

Vikings 24 Steelers 31

Kareem Hunt exploded on the scene and made his presence known last Thursday night with 22 overall touches (17 rushing 5 receiving) for 246 yards from scrimmage and 3 total TD’s and Alex Smith went off on their way to a rout of the Patriots. The Eagles had a good game against the Redskins and sent them packing in their own stadium with a 30-17 win. Carson Wentz had a great outing with 307 yards and 2 TD’s and I’m interested in seeing if he can show some more of that escape magic with a healthy Justin Houston gunning for him. Alshon Jeffery was a bit of a non-factor against the Redskins, I expect the same this week, assuming he will have Marcus Peters covering him. The Chiefs should keep rolling here. The weapons Kansas City have on the offense and a healthy Justin Houston will make it tough for the Eagles. It also doesn’t help they will be playing in one of the noisiest stadiums in the league and the Chiefs will be looking to give their home crowd a similar performance from last week not mention Kareem Hunt and Tyreek Hill are the real deal.

Eagles 17 Chiefs 31

One of the best defensive lines in the NFL and one of the best offensive lines in the NFL go head-to-head in the trenches… Something has got to give!

Dallas pulled out a tough win against a top defense last Sunday night and Dak had an efficient game. Ezekiel Elliot topped 100 rushing yards and the Cowboys defeated the New York Giants 19-3. The defense took advantage of the Giants weak offensive line held Eli and company to 3 points. The Denver Broncos defense started Monday night looking dominant as ever – however they did allow a late comeback by Phillip Rivers – and Trevor Siemian had one of his best performances against a good Chargers defense. He finished with 219 yards and 2 TD’s. If the Dallas Cowboys get behind or try to feature Dak more and pass in the redzone and short yardage situations like they did last week, they will be in for a long day. Unlike the Giants the Denver offense can move the ball and keep their defense from tiring out. This game is hard to call because so many ‘if’ factors play into both sides. I picked Denver to win this game a few times earlier in the week but at the moment my gut is telling me to pick Dallas. If they pound the rock with Zeke and control clock and not try to get fancy with passing so much then Dallas takes this game with ball control and TOP, but if Scott Linehan tries to get cute, particularly in the redzone and short yardage situations then Denver defense will take advantage. Something tells me Dallas will feature Zeke to keep Von Miller off Dak‚Äôs back.

Dallas 24 Denver 20

We get a rematch of last season‚Äôs NFC Championship game and I know the Packers are out for redemption after the Falcons spoiled their Super Bowl hopes. The game is again in Atlanta and Matt Ryan and his offense overall looked good but they struggled against the Bears defense. The defense also almost allowed a late game win steal had it not been for a few TD’s drops by the Bears as time ran out. The Packers however found moderate success themselves against the always good and tough Seattle defense. The Packers defense also smothered and had Russell Wilson running all night and held the Seahawk defense to just 9 points. Rookie Tarik Cohen had breakout game against the Atlanta defense and the Pack utilizes Ty Montgomery in the same way but with an elite HOF quarterback to throw him the ball. Look for Montgomery to have a stellar outing out of the back field and Rodgers to have more opportunities against a softer defense. Green Bay gets its revenge here.

Packers 34 Falcons 24

 

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Eagles win 30-17!

By: Jacky Chen

Great news, Eagles Nation! The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Washington Redskins on Sunday to start their season off 1-0. Here is a brief overview of the game:

The Eagles had a great game, both offensively and defensively. Carson Wentz had a 26/39 completion/attempts for 307 yards, ranking third in quarterbacks for Week 1 (Alex Smith and Aaron Rodgers). He threw 2 touchdowns and 1 interception and also lost a fumble. His completion percentage was 66.7% and he had a 96.8 passer rating.

The Eagles’ running game did not do very well, with 58 yards in 24 attempts. LeGarrette Blount led the running backs with 46 yards in 14 attempts. Wentz had 6 yards in 4 attempts. Wendell Smallwood had 4 yards in 4 attempts. Darren Sproles had 2 yards in 2 attempts.

As stated above, Wentz passed for 307 yards. Zach Ertz had 93 yards in 8 receptions. Nelson Agholor comes in a close second with 86 yards in 6 receptions, including a 58 yard touchdown. Sproles had 5 receptions for 43 yards, way better than his run game. Lead wide receiver Alshon Jeffery only hauled in 3 catches for 38 yards as well as a two-point conversion, and second wide receiver Torrey Smith only had 1 catch for 30 yards. The other tight end, Brent Celek, had a reception for 11 yards. Also, running backs Wendell Smallwood and LeGarrette Blount both had 1 reception each of 5 yards and a 1 yard touchdown, respectively.

On defense, cornerback Jalen Mills had a great game with 8 tackles (1 assisted) and 1 interception (his first). Linebacker Jordan Hicks had 5 tackles (2 assisted) and 1 fumble recovery. Safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback Patrick Robinson both had 4 tackles each. Defensive end Brandon Graham also had a good game, with 3 tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. Cornerback Jalen Watkins also had 3 tackles. Rookie defensive end Derek Barnett, linebacker Nigel Bradham (2 assisted), and safety Rodney McLeod (1 assisted) each had 2 tackles. Cornerback Ronald Darby, safety Corey Graham (1 assist), defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (1 assist), defensive end Chris Long, and linebacker Mychal Kendricks (2 assist) each had 1 tackle. Fletcher Cox had 1 tackle as well as a fumble recovery returned 20 yards for a touchdown. Vinny Curry had 1 assist and Destiny Vaeao had 2 assists.

Kicker Caleb Sturgis went 3/3 on field goals (50 yards, 42 yards, and 37 yards). He was 1/2 on extra points.

Both teams had their positives and negatives. The Eagles’ defensive line played amazing, putting extreme pressure on Cousins and only allowing 64 rushing yards. Secondary coverage was not bad either with an interception by Jalen Mills. The offensive line was good too. They allowed two sacks, but they were mostly because of Wentz’s prolonged throwing time. Speaking of Wentz, he was very comfortable in the pocket and had some pretty nice plays under pressure. He had some overthrows, but was mostly efficient in delivering.

Also, ending the article on a grim note, kicker Caleb Sturgis and cornerback Ronald Darby were injured in the game. Sturgis is suffering a hip injury and was placed on the injured reserve. His timetable for return is four weeks. Meanwhile, the Eagles signed Bengal’s kicker Jake Elliot. Elliot was drafted in the fifth round by the Bengals from and failed to win the starting job from veteran Randy Bullock. Darby dislocated his right ankle and will miss 4 to 6 weeks.

Thanks for reading, Eagles Nation, and be sure to catch my preview of Week 2, when the Eagles travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs. Until then, we’re on the top of our division and hopefully we’ll keep it that way. See you next time.

Final Result: Win 30-17

 

Eagles Announce 2017 Team Captains

Yesterday afternoon, the Eagles announced their team captains for the 2017-18 season. There are 5 captains, two offensive, two defensive, and one on special teams. The five captains will be: Carson Wentz (QB), Jason Peters (OT), Brandon Graham (DE), Malcolm Jenkins (S), and Chris Maragos (Special Teams). The players will be wearing captain badges on their uniform.

Eagles Final 53-Man Roster

Here is the complete Philadelphia Eagles roster starting off 2017-18:

Offense:

Quarterback:

  1. Carson Wentz
  2. Nick Foles

Running Back:

  1. LeGarette Blount
  2. Darren Sproles
  3. Wendell Smallwood
  4. Donnel Pumphrey
  5. Corey Clement

Wide Receivers:

  1. Alshon Jeffery
  2. Torrey Smith
  3. Nelson Agholor
  4. Mack Hollins
  5. Marcus Johnson
  6. Shelton Gibson

Tight End:

  1. Zach Ertz
  2. Brent Celek
  3. Trey Burton

Left Tackle:

  1.  Jason Peters

Left Guard:

  1. Isaac Seumalo
  2. Chance Warmack

Center:

  1. Jason Kelce
  2. Stefen Wisniewski

Right Guard:

  1. Brandon Brooks

Right Tackle:

  1. Lane Johnson
  2. Halapoulivaati Vaitai

 

Defense:

Right Defensive End: 

  1. Vinny Curry
  2. Derek Barnett
  3. Steven Means

Right Defensive Tackle:

  1. Timmy Jernigan
  2. Beau Allen
  3. Elijah Qualls

Left Defensive Tackle:

  1. Fletcher Cox
  2. Destiny Vaeao

Left Defensive End:

  1. Brandon Graham
  2. Chris Long

Outside Linebacker:

  1. Mychal Kendricks
  2. Nigel Bradham
  3. Kamu Grugier-Hill
  4. Najee Goode

Middle Linebacker:

  1. Jordan Hicks
  2. Joe Walker

Cornerback:

  1. Ronald Darby
  2. Jalen Mills
  3. Rasul Douglas
  4. Patrick Robinson
  5. Dexter McDougle

Safety:

  1. Malcolm Jenkins
  2. Rodney McLeod
  3. Jaylen Watkins
  4. Corey Graham
  5. Chris Maragos

Kicker:

  1. Caleb Sturgis

Punter:

  1. Donnie Jones

Long Snapper: 

  1. Rick Lovato

Holder:

  1. Donnie Jones

Kick Returner:

  1. Wendell Smallwood
  2. Nelson Agholor
  3. Donnel Pumphrey

Punt Returner: 

  1. Darren Sproles
  2. Donnel Pumphrey

 

Practice Squad:

  • Josh Andrews (OG)
  • Billy Brown (WR)
  • Nathan Gerry (S)
  • Dillon Gordon (OT)
  • Justin Hamilton (DT)
  • Byron Marshall (WR)
  • Bryce Treggs (WR)
  • Greg Ward Jr. (WR)
  • CJ Smith (CB)
  • Nate Sudfield (QB)

 

Reserves:

  • Aziz Shittu (DE) (IR)
  • Dom Williams (WR) (IR)
  • Randall Goforth (CB) (IR)
  • Sidney Jones IV (CB) (NFI)
  • Alex McCalister (DE) (IR)
  • Tre Sullivan (S) (IR)

 

Thanks for reading. Jacky Chen, signing out, Eagles Nation!

 

 

 

Eagles Week 1 Preview

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The Philadelphia Eagles have finished the preseason with a 2-2 record. They will play their first regular season game on September 10 against the Redskins in an away game. As usual, they will be playing a total of 16 games this season, not including playoffs/postseason. This article will give an in-depth view on the first game, player comparisons, and many other things that may determine an outcome.

 

Week 1: @ Washington

In Week 1, the new Eagles’ squad will travel to the nation’s capital to face the Washington Redskins. In the offseason, the Redskins lost their two star wide receivers, DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. However, they managed to sign former Cleveland Brown star Terrelle Pryor Sr. Quarterback Kirk Cousins will have Pryor, Jamison Crowder, and star tight end Jordan Reed, a Pro Bowler last season. The Redskins’ running game is not the best but second-year Rob Kelley shows promise. Their offensive line is great, with Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses, and Trent Williams and will be a great match for the Eagles’ number one defensive line (yes, they are number one, in my opinion. Sure the other teams have the superstars, but the Eagles are the only team that have a defensive line composed of ALL good players and not just one or two extremely good ones).

The Redskins’ defense is improving but has a solid team. They have Josh Norman, one of the top corners in the league. The also have a strong safety (strong as in the adjective, opposite of weak, not the position of strong safety) tandem of Su’a Cravens and DJ Swearinger. More defensive players include linebacker Will Compton and Ryan Kerrigan.

Positional Comparison:

Boldface signifies player who has advantage in Week 1

                                             Redskins                                                                           Eagles

QB:                                  Kirk Cousins                                                                  Carson Wentz

There’s no denying that Cousins is a better quarterback than Wentz and even though the defensive line is tough, Cousins still has the slight advantage over Wentz. Wentz does not have any of his receivers from last year to throw to (unless Agholor starts, which I doubt) other than Zach Ertz. I don’t think chemistry is a problem, but you never know until game day.

RB:                                     Rob Kelley                                                                  LeGarette Blount

Blount is a trucking machine leading the NFL in touchdowns, while Rob Kelley was still warming the bench. The thing is Fat Rob is good and had a (late) breakout but he can’t beat Blount, who’s established himself as a great running back that can break tackle and get the extra yard.

WR 1:                         Terrelle Pryor Sr.                                                           Alshon Jeffery

Alshon Jeffery is a better receiver than Terrelle Pryor, so why is Pryor boldfaced? The Eagles may have improved their secondary, but it is still not solid. Pryor may not be better than Jeffery, but he is still an explosive and good receiver, most likely needing double coverage. Ronald Darby is up to the job, the question is whether the other cornerbacks are. Although Jeffery is better, Pryor gets the edge because of the Eagles’ sucky secondary.

WR 2:                            Jamison Crowder                                                            Torrey Smith

Torrey Smith is extremely underrated. After being a part of bring the 2012 Ravens’ to the Super Bowl (and winning), Smith had another great season before flying under the radar after going to the San Francisco 49ers. With the 49ers quarterback drama (*cough* Colin Kaepernick *cough*) going on, the team was constantly switching and Smith was never really able to show any of his talent there. The Eagles are taking a risk in signing Smith, as he hasn’t shown good seasons for the past two years. Smith has looked great in practice, though and I will give him the advantage over Crowder, who is talented, but mostly a special teams player.

WR 3 (slot):                Josh Doctson                                                                      Mack Hollins

We’re going to assume that Mack Hollins is going to be in the slot. Agholor provided a lot of hype during practice and training camp, but didn’t live up to it in the games. Hollins, however, did live up to his (not) hype (??? Is it still hype if you never got any ???) catching a touchdown pass in his very first preseason game. Doctson has not proven anything yet, so he’s not much to be worried about…although he IS only in his second year.

TE:                             Jordan Reed                                                                        Zach Ertz

Man, I love Zach Ertz and everything but there’s also no denying that Jordan Reed is better. Reed is 243 lbs and moves that he’s half that. Hell, he could pass for a wide receiver. The only disadvantage Reed has are his injuries. He’s gotten so many concussions that Sports Illustrated wrote an entire 4 or 5 page article about it. But if healthy, Reed definitely has Ertz beat.

OT:            Trent Williams/Morgan Moses                                    Lane Johnson/Jason Peters

Lane and Jason Peters are one of the (if not, the) best offensive tackle duos in the league. They are both on a higher level than Williams and Moses. A big factor in Carson Wentz doing poorly last season was the absence of Lane Johnson due to a suspension. Wentz drastically changed when Lane was playing.

OG:         Brandon Scherff/Shawn Lauvao                            Isaac Seumalo/Brandon Brooks

Brandon Scherff is young and on the rise, making a Pro Bowl last year, in only his second year. Sorry, but the Redskins get the edge on this one.

C:                          Spencer Long                                                                  Jason Kelce

Jason Kelce is one of the elite centers in the league today. Spencer Long had been fluctuating from guard to tackle and then to center. And then there’s the deal with the defensive line.¬† ¬†¬†

Defense

Defensive Line:  Redskins                                                                           Eagles

The Eagles have one of the best front sevens in the league and a huge part of it is their defensive line. They have Pro Bowler Fletcher Cox and former Raven Timmy Jernigan at defensive tackle. At the end, they have Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry, a great duo. With huge names like Chris Long, Derek Barnett, and Beau Allen. Their defensive line is virtually unstoppable. The Redskins have only three defensive linemen, as a result of their 3-4 defense, but no matter what, the Eagles still have the advantage. The ‘Skins have some decent talent as well as a very talented rookie in Jonathan Allen, but you can’t call any of them elite, which is the opposite of what you can say for the Eagles.

Linebackers:   Redskins                                                                               Eagles

The Redskins have the better linebackers with rising second-year Preston Smith; Mason Foster, who accumulated 124 tackles last season; Zach Brown, a free agent pickup who was a Pro Bowler last season; and star Ryan Kerrigan, who has had 2 Pro Bowl appearances. They have a decent backup squad led by Will Compton. The Eagles have stars Jordan Hicks and Mychal Kendricks, who only really started showing up this preseason. They also have a solid, hard-working Nigel Bradham. The trio is improving this offseason but does not have an edge over the Redskins.

Cornerbacks:  Redskins                                                                               Eagles

It’s a well-known fact across the NFL that the Eagles have terrible cornerbacks. A trade that landed Ronald Darby in Philly may have improved the position, but the other corners still need to play well. Darby’s counterpart, Jalen Mills, is steadily improving but still cannot be relied on fully. The Eagles also have rookie Rasul Douglas and Patrick Robinson. The Redskins have star Josh Norman, one of the elite cornerbacks, who was a big part of the Carolina Panthers’ 15-1 season defense. His sidekick, Bashaud Breeland, is heading into his third season and already has 7 interceptions and 7 forced fumbles.

Safeties:             Redskins                                                                                Eagles

The Eagles have Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod compared to the Redskins’ DJ Swearinger and Deshazor Everett. Jenkins is an elite safety and is considered as a “hybrid”, one who can effectively make tackles while at the same time stick tight coverage and defend passes. McLeod is an average safety and can play effectively if called upon. On the Redskins, Swearinger is also a top notch safety and could be compared to Jenkins, as they are on similar levels. Everett is the weak link in the Redskins’ safety tandem. He has not proven anything of worth yet, only having 27 tackles in 2 years.

 

Special Teams

Kicker:               Dustin Hopkins                                                             Caleb Sturgis

In the 2016 season, Sturgis made 35 field goals out of 41 attempts, giving him an 85.4% accuracy, while Hopkins only had 81%, with 34 made out of 42 attempts. Sturgis had a long of 55 yards compared to Hopkins’ 53 yards. The former also converted 11/17 40+ yarders with 4/6 of those being 50+. Hopkins, however, went 10/16 in 40+ yarders with only 3/7 of those being 50+. Sturgis also had a 96.8% extra point percentage (30/31), also better, compared to Hopkins’ 92.3% (36/39). Sturgis leads Hopkins in almost every stats necessary for a kicker.

Punter:                  Tress Way                                                                     Donnie Jones

In total, Donnie Jones punted 64 times while Tress Way only 49 times. Jones had an average of 45.8 yards per punt while Way had an average of 45.1 yards per punt. That may not seem like a big difference but if you look at the net punting average. Net punting average is pretty confusing, but basically, it is the average amount of yards a punt goes with the return factored in. It the most accurate way to measure how effective a punt was in changing the field position. Anyways, Jones had a net punting average of 42.6 yards while Way only had 40.6 yards. Jones had 21 punts that landed inside the 20 yard line, while Way only 15, the least in the entire league. Jones also had 6 punts that resulted in touchbacks; Way had only 4.  Jones is obviously better in every statistical aspect, so he will get the edge.

 

Prediction for Week 1: Philadelphia Eagles defeat Washington Redskins

Eagles Leaders:                                                                    Redskins Leaders:

Passing: Carson Wentz                                                      Passing: Kirk Cousins

Rushing: LeGarette Blount                                              Rushing: Rob Kelley

Receiving: Alshon Jeffery                                                 Receiving: Jordan Reed

 

Thank you for reading this article on the prediction for the Week 1 game between the Eagles and the Redskins. The game will kickoff on Sunday, September 10 at 1:00 pm Eastern Time. It will take place in Washington D.C. at FedEx Field. You can watch the game live on FOX (29 in Philly; 5 in DC). There will be a kickoff show 30 minutes prior to the game starting. Be sure the catch it. I will give my next analysis in Week 2, when the Eagles play against the Chiefs. Until then, I’m Jacky Chen and thank you for reading, Eagles Nation!