2020 Team Analysis and Schedule
The Philadelphia Eagles came into the NFL in 1933, and they have won just one Super Bowl title since that time. Philadelphia has had periods of turmoil throughout their history, but they have been relatively successful this century.
Philadelphia is one of the most popular teams in the NFL, and they are routinely scheduled for prime-time games. This will be the 14th season in a row that the Eagles will appear in at least four prime-time games.
The Eagles will take on each team from the NFC West and AFC North this season, along with the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints. The schedule looks extremely difficult on paper, and that could make a fourth straight playoff appearance extremely difficult.
Philadelphia Eagles 2020 Schedule
|Week 1||Sept. 13||at Washington Football Team|
|Week 2||Sept. 20||Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 3||Sept. 27||Cincinnati Bengals|
|Week 4||Oct. 4||at San Francisco 49ers|
|Week 5||Oct. 11||at Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 6||Oct. 18||Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 7||Oct. 22||New York Giants|
|Week 8||Nov. 1||Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 9||Nov. 8||Bye week|
|Week 10||Nov. 15||at New York Giants|
|Week 11||Nov. 22||at Cleveland Browns|
|Week 12||Nov. 30||Seattle Seahawks|
|Week 13||Dec. 6||at Green Bay Packers|
|Week 14||Dec. 13||New Orleans Saints|
|Week 15||Dec. 20||at Arizona Cardinals|
|Week 16||Dec. 27||at Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 17||Jan. 3||Washington Football Team|
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Philadelphia Eagles Last Year’s History
The 2019 regular season for the Philadelphia Eagles was an interesting one, but it was a season that saw them make the playoffs for the third straight year. The Eagles ended the season with a record of 9-7, and they won the NFC East Division for the second time in three years.
Philadelphia lost three straight games in the middle of the season to drop their record to 5-7. The playoffs seemed in doubt, but the Eagles were able to win their final four games of the regular season to make the 2019 playoffs.
The Eagles managed to go 5-1 against NFC East opponents a season ago, with the only loss coming to the Dallas Cowboys. Philadelphia was able to beat the Cowboys in Week 16 to propel them to another playoff appearance.
Philadelphia took on the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Wild Card round and suffered a 17-9 defeat in that game. The Eagles had six Pro Bowlers during the 2019 season, and they managed to survive several key injuries to make the playoffs.
Philadelphia Eagles Key players
Carson Wentz is entering his fifth season with the Philadelphia Eagles, and injuries have been a concern throughout his career. The quarterback appeared to be headed to the MVP award in 2017, but a late injury kept him out for the rest of the season as the Eagles went on to their only Super Bowl win.
Wentz threw for over 4,000 yards for the first time in his career in 2019 and should be able to put up even better numbers this season. The quarterback is the leader of the offense, and Wentz is one of the best young players in the NFL.
Wentz has completed close to 64 percent of his passes since entering the league, throwing 97 touchdowns to just 35 interceptions. If Wentz remains healthy, the Eagles will have a great chance to win the division again.
Tight end Zach Ertz is entering his eighth season with the Philadelphia Eagles, and he is one of the most productive players at that position. Ertz is the top target for Carson Wentz, and he has been able to stay healthy while putting up some big numbers.
The 2018 season was a career year for Ertz, but he had another solid year in 2019. Ertz had 88 receptions for 916 yards and also caught six touchdowns. He is the top target in the red zone, and he is a tough cover for opponents.
Fletcher Cox is a defensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles, and he is the anchor of that defense. Cox might not put up gaudy stats, but he is the most important player on that side of the ball.
Cox had just 40 tackles and 3.5 sacks during the 2019 season, but injuries played a role. The eight-year veteran had 10.5 sacks in 2018 and is capable of getting to double-digits again this season.
The Eagles have a consistent defense up front, and the play of Cox is a big reason why.
Philadelphia Eagles New Additions
The Eagles did not have a ton of needs entering free agency, but they were able to make some moves to improve both sides of the ball. The biggest acquisition was acquiring CB Darius Slay from the Detroit Lions.
Philadelphia also signed a trio of safeties during free agency, and all of the players should help a struggling secondary. The three players that were signed were Rodney McLeod, Jalen Mills, and Will Parks.
The Eagles also made some big moves in the 2020 NFL Draft, including picking one of the most exciting players in the draft. WR Jalen Reagor was selected in the first round, and he will give Wentz another weapon to throw the ball to.
QB Jalen Hurts was selected in the second round, and that will give head coach Doug Pederson the freedom to use him in a variety of ways. Hurts will also provide some security if Wentz were to go down again.
Philadelphia Eagles Key Subtractions
Philadelphia will enter the 2020 season without a number of its key contributors from last year, especially on the offensive side of the ball. RB Darren Sproles retired after the 2019 season, while RB Jordan Howard moved on to the Miami Dolphins.
WR Nelson Agholor signed with the Las Vegas Raiders, and OT Jason Peters is no longer with the team either.
DT Timmy Jernigan signed a deal with the Houston Texans, and that will leave a huge hole on the defensive line. Perhaps the biggest loss on defense will be at the safety position. Team leader Malcolm Jenkins is now with the New Orleans Saints, and that will create a large hole in the secondary.
The NFC East is one of the most wide-open divisions in the NFL, and it’s not considered to be very strong. The Eagles and Cowboys are the top two teams in the division, and they have been going back and forth for division titles.
Philadelphia was able to win the NFC East by winning five divisional games a season ago, and that will likely be a key against this season. The Cowboys will have a new coaching staff this season, but all of their talent remains on the team.
Both New York and Washington are expected to struggle in 2020, but they are starting to turn things around. Look for the Eagles and Cowboys to battle it out once again for the NFC East title. AS it stands, Dallas (+100) is the slight favorite over the Eagles (+135) in the BetUS sportsbook to win the division.
Philadelphia Eagles Offense
The Philadelphia Eagles averaged 24.1 points per game a season ago, which was just outside of the top 10 in the league. Injuries played a huge role in the inconsistency of the offense in 2019, and there are plenty of players gone from that team.
Philadelphia averaged 121.2 rushing yards per game in 2019, and they averaged 239.6 passing yards. The Eagles struggled to capitalize in the red zone, and that must get better during the 2020 season.
Even though the Eagles will be without several key players in 2020, Carson Wentz and Zach Ertz remain with the team. Look for the Eagles to use Jalen Hurts in creative ways this season in an effort to improve the offense.
Philadelphia Eagles Defense
The Eagles gave up just over 22 points per game a season ago, but that was right around the league average. Philadelphia will need to find a way to improve on that side of the ball if it wants to make a return to the playoffs.
Philadelphia gave up just 90.1 rushing yards per game, the third-best mark in the National Football League. The Eagles will look to continue that effort this season while finding a way to improve their passing defense.
Fletcher Cox will continue to lead the defensive front, and the hope is that the addition of Darius Slay will improve the secondary.
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