Lincoln Financial Stadium ran out of fireworks on Sunday because the Eagles scored too many touchdowns against the Denver Broncos. That is a pretty good way to sum up how the Eagles season is going so far. Philadelphia has started their season 8-1 and are currently on a 7-game winning streak. Led by mid-season MVP Carson Wentz, the Eagles offense has been the most exciting to watch. Philadelphia’s defense has stepped up as arguably the best defense in the NFL and have been man-handling opponents. The Eagles started as 65-1 odds to win the Super Bowl, are the favorites to win the NFC and are now 4-1 favorites.
If the season ended today, second year quarterback and former second overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, Carson Wentz would be the NFL’s Most Valuable Player. He is currently 4th in the NFL with 2,262 passing yards, 1st in the NFL with 23 passing touchdowns, he has completed 176-291 passes which equals a 60.5% completion percentage, and he has rushed for 211 yards. He has a 104.1 QB rating this season and has only thrown five interceptions. He has 26 plays of 20+ yards, and seven plays of 40+ yards…that is incredible. There are some teams that don’t have half of these types of numbers. He has taken charge of the team and his teammates follow him into battle every Sunday and lean on him and he has delivered.
It hasn’t just been Wentz that has made the Eagles great. Through the draft, free agency, and trades, Howie Roseman, Eagles GM, has given Wentz a surplus of talented playmakers to get the ball to. Running backs and wide receivers have come to Philadelphia and have transformed their offense to a top-ranked offense in the NFL. They are currently 5th in overall offense, 5th in passing yards with 377 yards per game, 2nd in rushing yards with 136.8 yards per game, and are 1st in total scoring.
LeGarrette Blount was added in the offseason and has been the lead running back so far. On 109 carries, he is 12th in the NFL with 504 rushing yards and has two touchdowns. He has yet to fumble the ball this season. Last week the Eagles recently traded with the Dolphins to acquire star running back Jay Ajayi, who in his first game as an Eagle had 77 yards and a touchdown. These two, along with Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood, is one of the best running back squads in the NFL.
Alshon Jeffrey was added this offseason and has taken his role as the No.1 receiver and thrived. He is 18th in the NFL with 500 yards receiving on 34 catches and has five touchdowns. Nelson Agholor has finally lived up to his first-round draft pick potential and has flourished this season. He has 428 receiving yards on 29 catches and has five touchdowns. But the best receiving option for Wentz has been his tight end, Zach Ertz. Ertz is 15th in the NFL with 528 receiving yards, 2nd in all TEs with 43 catches, and is 3rd in the NFL with six touchdowns. The chemistry that Wentz has with his receivers, especially Ertz, has helped the Eagles become the most unstoppable offense so far this season.
Led by Malcom Jenkins, Fletcher Cox, and Nigel Bradham, the Eagles defense has shut down opposing offenses all year. The pressure the front seven puts on opposing quarterbacks allows a phenomenal secondary to make plays to get the offense the ball back. The Eagles have shut down the rushing attack of every opponent they have played this season. They are tackling well and not committing many penalties with combines for a solid defense that puts the ball back in the hands of Wentz and allows for Philadelphia to score more points.
The Eagles now have the best record in the NFL entering their bye week. It will be fun to watch to see if they can keep this level of play for the remainder of the season and if Carson Wentz can lead this historic franchise to its first Super Bowl win.
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