Now that the baseball season is winding down, it is time to partially shift our attention to the football scene. The Eagles are back in a big way this year thanks to the return of DeSean Jackson, the arrival of Jordan Howard and a healthy Carson Wentz.
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1. Carson Wentz
Carson Wentz just can’t seem to play a 16 game schedule. This just might be the year Wentz plays the entirety of the schedule and puts up 4,000+ yards. Wentz will look to return to his 2017 form when the one-time MVP candidate threw for nearly 3,300 yards and 33 touchdowns. The fact that Wentz is healthy will certainly help. Wentz has even gone as far as giving up pizza for the past seven months. As long as Wentz is under center, the Eagles will be in the playoff hunt.
2. DeSean Jackson
D-Jax is back in green. Though Jackson is no longer the superstar he was in his first go-round with Philly, he is capable of putting up 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns with a healthy Wentz at the helm. The Eagles didn’t pay much for the three-time Pro Bowler: a 6th round pick for D-Jax along with a 7th rounder. There is little pressure on Jackson to match the numbers posted as an Eagle and that just might work to his advantage.
3. Jordan Howard
The Bears decision to move forward with Tarik Cohen will backfire in a big way. Philly acquired Jordan Howard for a 6th round conditional draft pick in next year’s draft. Howard has rushed for 3,370 yards and two dozen scores across three seasons. Howard might end up in a running back-by-committee in Philadelphia’s backfield yet he is one of the more consistent backs in the league. The Indiana alum put up nine touchdowns and nearly 1,000 yards in Chicago last season while sharing the load with Cohen. Wentz will likely gravitate toward Howard as his safety valve out of the backfield for crucial first downs and short-yardage situations.
4. Ease of Schedule
According to CBSSports, Philly has the 6th easiest schedule in the league. The Eagles opponents had a 121-133-2 combined record last season. This equates to a lowly .477 win percentage. In other words, the Eagles should easily roll to 10 – 12 wins this season.
Bet: Over 10 Wins