The Eagles Are Off to a Rough Start

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Hunter Sleppy, Centurion Staff

The Philadelphia Eagles are a train wreck, an 0-2-1 train wreck to start out the NFL season, losing games to Washington, the L.A. Rams, and tying the Bengals.

 

There was so much hype surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles heading into the 2020 season, with the 76ers getting swept in the playoffs, the Flyers getting shutout in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and the Phillies starting to go downhill with the possibility of missing the playoffs, surely the Eagles would lift everyone’s spirits and provide hope for its fans.

 

Well, they were wrong about that. Carson Wentz doesn’t look like himself, responsible for throwing six interceptions in the first three games of the season.

 

But the blame isn’t entirely on Wentz, it doesn’t help him any when he’s being sacked EIGHT times in the first game of the year. The offensive line has been shaken up due to injuries.

 

In fact, this whole team has been reshaped due to injuries. As mentioned earlier, the offensive line is suffering without the presence of Lane Johnson. The oldest tackle for the Eagles, Jason Peters is battling a knee injury and the team is already cautious with that.

 

The team’s #1 wideout in Alshon Jeffery is still out due to a foot injury, leading to the 1st round pick, Jalen Reagor, tearing a UCL ligament in his thumb. He’s going to be out for multiple weeks.

 

On the defensive side, Fletcher Cox has an abdomen injury and Rudy Ford has a groin injury. All in all, this team just has a magnet with drawing players who are injury prone.

 

Besides injuries, the Eagles have sloppy play throughout the field, going back to Wentz, throwing more interceptions than touchdowns. His only touchdowns being thrown to his tight ends, Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert.

 

Goedert leads the team in receiving yards with 131, with the second highest receiver being DeSean Jackson at 110 yards, who’s had quite an offseason. Along with Jackson, Zach Ertz has the 2nd most receptions on the team with eight.

 

As for the running backs, Miles Sanders is the #1 running back on the roster with 95 rushing yards on the year, Boston Scott trails him with 54 yards.

 

Now the defense hasn’t been the best, it might not even be the worst, like the Falcons blowing a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl and then blowing a 15-point lead to your rival in the Dallas Cowboys.

 

But your defense doesn’t look good when they blow a 17-point lead and allow 27 unanswered points to a team with no name, the Washington Football team. At least they didn’t blow a lead against the Rams, considering they were never winning to begin with.

 

However on Sunday, the Eagles couldn’t help themselves tying with the Cincinnati Bengals and their 1st overall pick, Joe Burrow. The Eagles forced overtime and had a good chance to win after getting into field goal range.

 

But a holding penalty changed that, putting kicker Jake Elliott in a situation to make a game winning 59- yard field goal. He made all three of his kicks earlier in the game, kicking a 54-yard field goal, and with his career long field goal being 61-yards, there was a good chance he was going to make that kick.

 

The Eagles held him back though, after a false start penalty was called and Doug Pederson making the wise decision to punt the football rather than going for the win.

 

It’s only the beginning of the year, but the team has shown plenty of signs that this year will not be the year for the Eagles. It’s only a matter of time before Jalen Hurts comes in to replace an injury riddled Carson Wentz. It’s going to be a long season for this team.