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10 Bold Eagles Predictions for the 2017-2018 NFL Season

The Eagles are poised to make strides this season. What are realistic predictions for Philadelphia this year?

10 Bold Eagles Predictions

  1. The Philadelphia Eagles will have at least two All-Pro players on defense: Last year the Eagles had zero All Pro players on either side of the ball. This year, however, there is reason to believe that several Eagles players have the opportunity to become recognized league wide as the best at their positions. Defensive lineman Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham, Safety Malcolm Jenkins, and Linebacker Jordan Hicks all have a legitimate shot to be standouts on what looks like, on paper, could be a premier NFL Defense.
  2. The Eagles sign WR Jordan Matthews in free agency: I know what you’re thinking, didn’t the Eagles just trade Matthews because we wouldn’t have space to sign him to an extension. That is true, but there is a fairly likely scenario that could bring Matthews back to Philly. If Matthews injuries limit him this year, or Tyrod Taylor is unable to throw him catchable balls, his free agency value will drop. If this happens, and the Eagles aren’t satisfied with the production of WR Alshon Jeffrey, they may choose to let Jeffrey walk and bring Matthews back into the fold.
  3. Zach Ertz will lead the team in targets and receptions: Ertz has been second in targets to Jordan Matthews the past two season and third behind Matthews and Jeremy Maclin in 2014. With Matthews gone Wentz needs a reliable pass catcher over the middle. Love him or hate him, Ertz gets open.
  4. Eagles finally figure out how to beat the almighty Kirk Cousins: Kirk Cousins owns the Eagles. Cousins has beaten the Eagles 4 out of the 5 times he’s faced them and been stellar in all 5 performances. He averages 316 yards passing yards per game and 13 TDs while only throwing 3 interceptions on nearly 200 passing attempts. This year the Eagles defense should be able to shut Cousins down in at least 1 of their 2 meetings.
  5. Jason Peters will miss one game this season: Jason Peters has one of the longest active streaks of games started by an NFL players. Peters has strapped on the pads 159 consecutive times since his rookie year in 2004. Not bad for an un-drafted free agent. Only 5 offensive lineman have longer streaks in the history of the NFL. Peter’s impressive streak has to end at some point right? Knock on wood he can continue to be an ironman for this Eagles team, but it is far from a guarantee a 35 year old Tackle can stay injury free forever.
  6. The Eagles will win 2 of there 3 west coast road games: The Eagles play in LA twice against the Chargers and Rams and also have to travel to Seattle. The Seahawks game is obviously a tough one. The Seahawks were 7-1 at home in 2016 and 21-5 since 2014. Don’t underestimate the Chargers and Rams either. Both rosters are much improved. The Coliseum, because of its confining nature can, be a very tricky field to play on and the Charger’s Stub Hub Center is a converted soccer arena that may also cause road teams confusion. That being said, the Eagles will almost certainly need to win 2 of these games to be a playoff team. The Eagles schedule is brutal and these west coast games could make or break their season.
  7. Nelson Agholor has more receptions then Torrey Smith: Smith only caught 53 balls in 28 games with the 49ers. Agholor has tallied 59 catches in his 28 game career. I would be more surprised by Smith having a resurgence then Agholor breaking out, at least in a small way. With Jordan Matthews out of the picture Agholor would appear to be far more utilized in the offense. Only thing holding him back are those bricks he has for hands.
  8. Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement make 53-man roster, Donnel Pumphrey does not: After seeing Clement and Pumphrey perform in the first two preseason games it is clear Clement is far more NFL ready at this stage his career. Smallwood, who has sat in the first two preseason games, has impressed in practice and is a developed pass blocking running back, which may be more important for a Doug Pederson running back considering he never runs the ball. The Eagles would be smart to stash Pumphrey on the practice squad this season until Darren Sproles retires. Keep the rookie fresh and away from the film rooms of defensive coordinators.
  9. Lesean McCoy will be an Eagle again by the start of the 2018 season: The Eagles need a running back and the Bills are in full rebuild mode. Shady has a an out in his contract after the 2017 season. If he leaves Buffalo, Philadelphia would gladly welcome him back. Seriously Chip Kelly traded one of the best running backs of the decade for an undersized injury prone linebacker.
  10. Eagles make 3 selections in the first 3 rounds of the 2018 Draft: This is a bold prediction because the Eagles only hold 1 pick in the first 3 rounds as of right now. Expect Roseman to correct this situation perhaps by tricking some team into giving up a third rounder for Mychal Kendricks.

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