Philadelphia Eagles Season Preview:
Football is back and Philadelphia is buzzing with excitement for the upcoming Eagles season. The team is stacked and it is Super Bowl or bust for the 2019 Philadelphia Eagles and as long as everyone can stay healthy, there is no reason they shouldn't be holding that Lombardi trophy at the end of the year. Lets take a look at our 2019 Philadelphia Eagles season preview.
We kick things off taking a look at the moves that the Birds made during the offseason to help improve their chances at winning their second Super Bowl in team history. GM Howie Roseman worked his magic again this year by doing everything he could to improve the roster on both sides of the ball. Here is a list of the big free agent signings that the Eagles made during this past offseason.
Malik Jackson- Defensive Tackle
DeSean Jackson-Wide Receiver
Vinny Curry-Defensive End
Jordan Howard-Running Back
Most of the focus was trying to solidify the defense as there were some big name players that left during the offseason. Howie did the best that he could to make up for the lost talent and he did a great job. Malik Jackson is a solid tackle who helps add to the depth of the defense and him and Fletcher Cox should be a dominate force up the middle on defense. Vinny Curry left last year and played last season in Tampa Bay but he's trading in the warm weather for a reunion with the team he won the Super Bowl with. Another player that will add more depth for the Eagles defense and gives Jim Schwartz another option at the end position. Andrew Sendejo is the other big addition to the secondary of the defense which was one of the worst aspects of the team last year as they dealt with injury after injury. He's a proven safety who I believe will really thrive in this defense.
The biggest offseason addition was on the offensive side of the ball as a familiar face was resigned in DeSean Jackson. The speedy wideout should provide the deep threat that the Eagles lacked last season. Jackson is just one of the many weapons that Carson Wentz will have to use this upcoming season. With his speed the offense should be able to go up top on any defense in the NFL any time that they feel like it. Adding him to an offense that already has Zach Ertz, Alshon Jeffery, and a great group of running backs is a major upgrade for the Eagles.
Week 1: Titans-27 Eagles-10:Loss
Week 2: Jaguars-10 Eagles-24:Win
Week 3: Ravens-26 Eagles-15:Loss
Week 4: Jets-6 Eagles-0:Loss
Regular Season Schedule:
Week 1: Vs Washington Redskins:1:00pm FOX
Week 2: @ Atlanta Falcons: 8:20pm NBC
Week 3: Vs Detroit Lions: 1:00pm FOX
Week 4: @ Green Bay Packers: Thurs 8:20pm FOX/NFL Network
Week 5: Vs New York Jets: 1:00pm CBS
Week 6: @ Minnesota Vikings: 1:00pm FOX
Week 7: @ Dallas Cowboys: 8:20pm NBC
Week 8: @ Buffalo Bills: 1:00pm FOX
Week 9: Vs Chicago Bears: 1:00pm FOX
Week 10: BYE
Week 11: Vs New England Patriots: 4:25pm CBS
Week 12: Vs Seattle Seahawks: 8:20pm NBC
Week 13: @ Miami Dolphins: 1:00pm FOX
Week 14: Vs New York Giants: Mon 8:15pm ESPN
Week 15: @ Washington Redskins: 1:00pm FOX
Week 16: Vs Dallas Cowboys: 4:25pm FOX
Week 17: @ New York Giants: 1:00pm FOX
The last time the Eagles started the season with a game against the Redskins, they ended up winning the Super Bowl that year. Let's hope that it's the same thing for this year as they open up against the division rival Redskins in week 1. It will not be an easy year for the birds as they have a pretty tough schedule including a game against the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. The Eagles will have to be at the top of their game all year if they want to have any chance of getting back to the Super Bowl.
Health is going to be the most important thing for the Eagles this season. If everyone stays healthy on paper this team could easily go 13-3 but the key will be if everyone stays healthy. Obviously injuries are a part of the game so they are going to happen regardless as long as they don't have any major injuries like last year they will be a top 5 team in the league.
Last year the defense was hit the most as the secondary was just absolutely decimated with injuries, we didn't know who was going to be out there each week and it really hurt the team. If the secondary can stay healthy and the defensive line stays at the top of their game the Birds should have one of the best defenses in the NFL.
The offense has too many weapons for it to not be a top 5 offense in the league. If Wentz stays healthy he should have an MVP type of year. With Ertz,Jackson,Jeffrey,Sanders, and Howard just to name a few of the main weapons, this offense should be explosive. I fully trust Doug Pederson to get all of these guys involved week in and week out.
Without trying to be too biased based on me being a Eagles fan, I see this team going 12-4 and winning the NFC East pretty easily. The Giants suck, Dallas is missing their best player and have an average QB, and the Redskins aren't going to be an issue either. The biggest challenge for the Eagles will be staying healthy, especially Carson Wentz. Nick Foles isn't here anymore to go on another magical run and I don't have any faith in Josh McCown doing that either. This is Carson Wentz team and he has to go out there and prove that he can be healthy for a full season and become the franchise QB most of us think he can be. It's Super Bowl or bust for the Eagles and anything but that will be a major disappointment.