It's hard to believe that it was only two years ago tomorrow, that the Eagles opened up on the road against the Washington Redskins, in a game that ultimately set them on a course of championship glory. We are only one season removed from that Super Bowl victory against the Patriots and this team once again has their eyes on the ultimate prize.
Of course, this version of the Eagles is a little different than that version. For starters, they have lost their super bowl MVP Nick Foles, who left the team during the offseason for a starting gig in Jacksonville. Foles will always be a hero in this town and will never be forgotten. However; no matter what happened in the past, this teams future always has and always was going to ride or die with it's franchise quarterback, Carson Wentz.
Fans and Analysts alike are well aware of the injury factor as it pertains to Carson Wentz. Until Wentz can play a full season, he will always carry that stigma of being injury prone. All signs point to Carson being fully healthy and being able to play at the high level that he showed in 2017. In fact, many pundits have picked Wentz as an MVP frontrunner along with another talented signal caller, Pat Mahomes.
So a lot of this teams success will be directly influenced by the health and wellness of Wentz.
But what else is different? Well, another familiar face will be strolling the sidelines of the Linc as the team opens on Sunday. Wide Receiver Desean Jackson will be playing in his first game since returning to the Eagles in the offseason. Jackson was jettisoned a few years back by then head coach Chip Kelly, much to the dismay of a loyal fanbase.
Even at 32 years old, Desean Jackson is still one of the fastest receivers in the game. Jackson gives Carson Wentz something that he has rarely seen during his tenure thus far as the Eagles signal caller. A player that can absolutely stretch the field and open up the playbook because defenders have to be cautiously aware of the deep ball.
This may be the most talented roster that the Eagles have ever assembled. This offense is loaded with weapons. Carson Wentz has an abundance of toys to play with and its going to be fun to watch.
His backfield includes Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders (R), Darren Sproles, and Corey Clement. Then you have the tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goeddert. Add that to the talented receiving corps of Desean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, JJ Arcegga Whiteside (R), and Mack Hollins.
Now take those weapons and put them behind one of the most talented offensive lines in the NFL and that adds up to a dominant offensive juggernaut. Of course, they have to still play the games and that's what brings me to Sunday.
The Eagles chose to rest many of their starters during the preseason so many of the players will be getting their first game action on Sunday. We could be in for a very long day as there will probably be many penalties and sluggish play on both sides of the ball.
Expect Carson to experience a case of the first game jitters. There will be some mistakes. Balls overthrown. Balls underthrown. Maybe a fumble. Possibly an interception.
However, after the jitters wear off, I fully expect Carson to excel once again. If Carson Wentz remains healthy, he is capable of being one of the best if not the very best at his craft. So what are my predictions. I am predicting that the game will begin with some sloppy play.
There may even be a few turnovers. However, when its all said and done...the Eagles will come away victorious. Here are my predictions for the score and some individual statistics as well:
Final Score= Eagles-24 Redskins-9
Carson Wentz- 21/34, 312 Yards, 2TD's
Desean Jackson- 6 Catches, 101 Yards, 1TD
Dallas Goeddert-3 Catches, 41 Yards, 1TD
Zach Ertz- 5 Catches, 69 Yards
Miles Sanders-13 Carries, 84 Yards,
Jordan Howard-11 Carries, 49 Yards, 1TD
Fletcher Cox- 4 Tackles, Sack, FF
Brandon Graham-3 Tackles, Sack
Sidney Jones-8 Tackles, INT
I hope you enjoyed my predictions. Stay tuned throughout the season as I will offer an analysis of games before and after and also offer fantasy advice and takes. Well, tomorrow cant come soon enough. I probably wont get any sleep tonight as is custom for me on the eve of the new Eagles season. In closing I give you my E-A-G-L-E-S...EAGLES chant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #FlyEaglesFly