The Eagles have not had a home playoff game since the 2013/2014 season (Chips first year), and quite frankly that’s entirely too long.
I believe this season that all changes.
Yes, after only one week of football, I am here to tell you why the Eagles will have a home playoff game.
Let me explain…
Reason number one: Carson Wentz
I think all of Philadelphia wanted to be on the Wentz Wagon when he was selected # 2 overall.
Majority of the fans who had reservations on draft day have jumped on the wagon after his impressive rookie season, and If there was anyone who was not aboard, I think Sunday sealed the deal.
If you are still out there- It will be difficult for you to give me a valid reason to not be excited about Wentz.
I’m a realist; he had a good, not great, rookie season, but he won some big games with a mediocre offensive line and bad receivers.
More importantly, he did this with something that I haven’t seen since Donovan McNabb- true swagger and humility.
Wentz has a certain swagger about the way he carries himself. Like Lil Wayne says “Confidence is a stain they can’t wipe off” and Carson Wentz wears that stain proudly.
He is primed for a big season.
Reason number two: The NFC East
Now I do not want to take away anything from the Eagles or the performance they put on Sunday, but work still needs to be done. The good news is the NFC East looks like a very weak division. Maybe the years of beating up on one another have finally taken their toll.
Let’s start with Washington
Already in a 0-1 hole, the Redskins arrow is pointing downward. I do not care what anyone says, Kirk Cousins does not want to be a Washington Redskin. They decided to not retain Desean Jackson or Pierre Garcon, their top 2 receivers, and we saw the effects of that on Sunday. If you do not have a QB in this league, you do not have much. Cousins can absolutely play the position, but his disgruntled demeanor sets this team up for disaster. 8-8 would be a good year for this team.
The Giants will live and die with Eli Manning. Unfortunately for the now 36 year old Eli, his offensive line is horrendous. They can’ protect and can’t create a hole for …… Paul Perkins (almost had to look that one up). I don’t know what is worse, their starting offensive line or their running back depth chart. The run game in New York is non-existent, so it all falls on Eli. I expect this team to finish dead last, with 6 wins, and that is a generous 6.
As much as I hate the Dallas Cowboys, I will give credit where credit is due- this team has talent.
They already have a win over a NFC east opponent under their belt and it looks like the Eagles will need to get through them to win the division.
Despite a good performance Sunday night, I expect Dak to take a step (or multiple steps) back this season. Dak is the difference maker between 8-8 or 11-5. Unfortunately for Cowboy fans, I see a come back to earth, 9-7.
Reason number 3: Jim Schwartz
It is no secret Jim Schwartz wants a head coaching job.
Doesn’t every assistant coach want to be a head coach? Except for maybe Josh McDaniel's, who realized he isn’t built to be a head coach and chose to stay in New England to let Tom Brady do his job for him while he collects a paycheck.
I am not buying into these stories of Schwartz wanting to push Pederson out and take his job. I think a lot of the things we read are BS quite frankly, and I would think (and hope) Jim and Doug have a good relationship. I can’t imagine beating a team 30-17 on the road if there is turmoil between the head coach and the defensive coordinator.
The eagles were 10th in takeaways last year. After forcing 3 turnovers Sunday, including the turnover that won the game, they look well on their way to being in the top ten again this season.
Brandon Graham, who led the team with 2 sacks Sunday, was considered a bust, and now he is a playmaker and a difference maker.
The defense does exactly what this city wants, they play aggressive, and angry. So if you want to buy the rumors around Jim Schwartz, that’s up to you, but you better buy into him as the defensive coordinator. We may not have him for much longer, so enjoy him while you can.
It would be wrong of me to withhold the fact that I thought the Eagles would win the division last year… I did.
After the early season success I thought we were going to the playoffs. I let the excitement of finally having a franchise QB get to my head.
But this year is different.
Don't let the scar of last season take away anything from this season. It's ok to be excited!
I’m not saying the Eagles will be Super Bowl champs, but I am guaranteeing they will be playing football in January. I think they end up 11-5 and NFC East champions.