As year two of the Carson Wentz era gets underway, the Eagles hope to build on a somewhat successful 2016 campaign. Posting a record of 7-9 in 2016, the Eagles hope to take a few steps forward and make the playoffs in 2017. Unfortunately, having to play in a division with the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys, two teams considered to be playoff contenders, won’t make the Eagles chances of getting to the playoffs any easier. With the 2017 season right around the corner, it’s time to preview what the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles will look like.
2016 Rank: 22nd
- Rush Yards per game: 113.3
- Passing Yards per game: 224.1
- Points Per Game: 22.9
No doubt, the Eagles will look to improve on last seasons offensive numbers. Over the off-season, the Eagles made all the right moves to equip quarterback Carson Wentz with the right tools. The additions of Wide Receivers Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffery will allow for the Eagles to have both a speedy deep threat and a big, physical red-zone target. Additionally, they signed LeGarrette Blount to a one-year deal, worth up to $2.8 million. In what was an already loaded backfield with guys like Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, and Donnel Pumphrey , the Eagles added the NFL’s leading touchdown rusher from a year ago. Bringing in underrated Guard Chance Warmack on a year deal also allows for the Eagles to give Carson Wentz more time to throw the ball.
2017 should be a good year for the Eagles offense. With all the weapons they’ve added, it’s clear that they’re in win-now mode.
2017 Rank (projected): 14th
2016 Rank: 13th
Despite all the holes on the Eagles defense, last season, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’s unit was a surprise. Now, heading into 2017, the Eagles have added some young pieces in hopes of turning into a top ten unit. Acquiring Ronald Darby in a trade from the Buffalo Bills over the offseason allowed for the Eagles to finally have a young secondary, as Darby will team up with Jalen Mills to form a legitimate CB duo. The Eagles front seven is as good as any team in the league. Fletcher Cox, Vinny Curry, Mychal Kendricks, and Nigel Bradham will be names to watch on this defense. On the back end, the Eagles have veteran Safety Malcolm Jenkins who’ll lead what is already a very talented, but underrated secondary. While the Eagles do have their fair share of question marks in the secondary, it’s safe to assume that they’ll find ways to stay in games all throughout the season .
2017 Rank (Projected): 10th
Overall Record Prediction: 9-7
The Eagles 2017 season will be no easy task. On offense, the entire group is loaded and has the potential to be very explosive. On defense, it’s a slightly different story. While the Eagles overhauled parts of the secondary, there are questions that remain. Will guys like Ronald Darby and Sidney Jones be able to keep up with guys like Amari Cooper, Dez Bryant, and Odell Beckham Jr?
Aside from having to play their division rivals, the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, and Washington Redskins twice. Philadelphia will have tests against the Seahawks, Raiders, Chiefs, Broncos, Panthers, and Cardinals. Each of the aforementioned teams have made the playoffs at least once in the last three seasons. While the Eagles have added on all the pieces they need to be able to compete for a playoff spot in 2017, their chances of making the playoffs seem slim. Especially due to a loaded division (Giants and Cowboys), as well as a loaded conference (Cardinals, Seahawks, Falcons, Packers, Panthers). While the Eagles appear to be in win-now mode, for 2017, fans will have to wait another year for to see them back in the playoffs.
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