After a 4-11-1 season when they finished in last place in the NFC East, the Philadelphia Eagles cleaned house and will enter the 2021 campaign with rookie head coach Nick Sirianni leading the way. Starting quarterback Carson Wentz was traded to Indianapolis and has been replaced by Jalen Hurts while almost all of the holdovers from the franchise’s lone Super Bowl winning team are gone.
2021 Team Analysis and Schedule
Despite the weakness of the Eagles’ division, they still face an uphill battle to return to the playoffs as they face off against teams from the AFC West and the NFC South. The division battle will most likely not be settled until late in the season, with most of the games between the NFC East teams not occurring until the final seven weeks.
Philadelphia Eagles 2021 Schedule
|Week 1||Sept. 12||Atlanta Falcons|
|Week 2||Sept. 19||San Francisco 49ers|
|Week 3||Sept. 27||@Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 4||Oct. 3||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Week 5||Oct. 10||@Carolina Panthers|
|Week 6||Oct. 14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Week 7||Oct. 24||@Las Vegas Raiders|
|Week 8||Oct. 31||@Detroit Lions|
|Week 9||Nov. 7||Los Angeles Chargers|
|Week 10||Nov. 14||@Denver Broncos|
|Week 11||Nov. 21||New Orleans Saints|
|Week 12||Nov. 28||@New York Giants|
|Week 13||Dec. 5||@New York Jets|
|Week 14||Dec. 12||Bye Week|
|Week 15||Dec. 19||Washington|
|Week 16||Dec. 26||New York Giants|
|Week 17||Jan. 2||@Washington|
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Philadelphia Eagles 2020 Summary
It wasn’t much of a surprise that the Eagles finished in the NFC East cellar with an offense that finished 26th in points scored and 24th in yards gained. Losing seven of their last eight games made it pretty clear that embattled head coach Doug Pederson would be forced to move on, despite leading the franchise to its only Super Bowl triumph.
The only highlight was a three-point win over the New Orleans Saints in Week that kept them from losing their final eight games after they posted back-to-back wins against the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys to climb to a record of 3-4-1.
Philadelphia Eagles Key Players
Today’s NFL is centered around franchise quarterbacks and although Hurts, in his 15 appearances in 2020, wasn’t very statistically different than Wentz, the Eagles are pinning their hopes on the second-year player out of Oklahoma and Alabama. Philadelphia went 1-3 in his four starts and Hurts completed 52 precent of his passes with six touchdowns and four interceptions.
Hurts also ran the ball 63 times for 354 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 5.6 yards an attempt. The Eagles are planning to utilize his many skills as a starter in an offensive scheme that is designed for the player that will turn 23 prior to the beginning of the regular season.
The Heisman Trophy winner out of Alabama was drafted 10th overall by the Eagles and is getting reunited with quarterback Hurts, who hosted Smith on his recruiting visit with the Crimson Tide. Smith ended his career at Alabama as the all-time SEC leader in touchdown receptions with 46 and in receiving yards with 3,965.
The Eagles were 28th in the league in passing yardage and last in passing yards per attempt in 2020, so Smith’s presence will be critical in providing a reliable target for Hurts. The familiarity between the two former teammates is one of the reasons the Eagles selected Smith.
With only eight interceptions last season, the Eagles’ secondary needs continued strong play from Pro Bowl cornerback Slay. The ninth-year player out of Mississippi State will have to anchor the defensive backfield that needs to step up to support a defensive front that recorded a third-best 49 sacks.
The 30-year-old Slay has 20 career interceptions, but only recorded one in his first season with the Eagles after coming over from the Detroit Lions following the 2019 campaign. Slay was a second-round draft pick of the Lions in 2013 and more information is available here.
Philadelphia Eagles New Additions
The Eagles added talent and depth to the secondary by signing veteran safeties Andrew Adams, who played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020, and Anthony Harris, who comes to Philadelphia after six seasons in Minnesota.
With the departure of Wentz, Philadelphia signed former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to back up Hurts at quarterback. The Eagles also added four-time Pro Bowl defensive end Ryan Kerrigan and linebacker Eric Wilson, the Vikings’ leader in tackles in 2020.
Philadelphia Eagles Key Subtractions
Wentz was traded to the Colts for a third-round draft pick in 2021 and a conditional first-round pick in 2022. They also lost free safety Jalen Mills, who started 15 games in 2020 and was second on the team with 74 tackles and an interception, to free agency.
They also had other free agents sign with other teams, including reserve running back Corey Clement, former second-round draft pick Vinny Curry and linebacker Nathan Gerry, who started seven games last season.
The Washington Football Team won the NFC East, by far the weakest division in the NFL, in 2020 with a record of 7-9. Prospects for dramatic improvement for any of the NFC East teams aren’t likely, but the Dallas Cowboys could turn things around with a healthy offense and just a little better play by their defense.
The favorites to win the NFC are the Dallas Cowboys with +125 odds to advance to the playoffs. Next on the odds list are the Washington Football Team at +225, the New York Giants (+400) and the Eagles (+500).
The over/under for wins for the Cowboys is 9.5, Washington is at 8.5, the Giants are at 7.0 and finally the Eagles also at 6.5. The Cowboys have odds of +2500 to reach the Super Bowl, with Washington at +5000 and Philadelphia and the Giants both at odds of +6600. Get more betting information available at the NFL teams page.
Philadelphia Eagles Offense
The offensive line gave up 65 sacks in 2020 and it didn’t really matter much who was playing the quarterback position, with Wentz going down on 10 percent of his passing plays and Hurts just a little over eight percent of the time. That will need to improve if Philadelphia is going to move up from 24th in offensive production and 26th in points scored.
As training camp looms, the status of veteran tight end Zach Ertz is still up in the air, but whether he is on the team or not shouldn’t have a big impact with Dallas Goedert on the roster. The real keys are how Hurts will perform as the undisputed starter at quarterback and how much a rookie wide receiver can contribute to the offense.
Philadelphia Eagles Defense
In 2020, the defense was just OK, ranking 19th in the league in yardage allowed. The team was more vulnerable to the run than the pass. The strength of the unit is the defensive front that was required to bail out a suspect secondary for most of the season.
The addition of Kerrigan will make the pass rush even better while the help at safety should give Slay some much-needed support in the defensive backfield. More consistency on offense will also help the defense to stay off the field.
Philadelphia Eagles FAQs
What is the Philadelphia Eagles’ home stadium?
The Eagles play at Lincoln Financial Field, which opened in 2003.
When did the Philadelphia Eagles last play in the Super Bowl?
The Eagles last played in the Super Bowl following the 2017 season, defeating the New England Patriots.
Who is the winningest Philadelphia Eagles’ head coach?
Andy Reid had a record of 130-93-1.