There Still Is Hope In Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Eagles finished the season at 13-3 and secured home field advantage in this year’s  NFL Playoffs. The only problem is that Carson Wentz will not be leading the team to the Superbowl, it will be his backup Nick Foles. The 2013 version of  Nick Foles couldn’t even win a playoff game; however, the team is way better than it was the last time they went to the Playoffs.

Obviously speaking, Foles is not even close to Carson Wentz. Even 3rd string QB Nate Sudfeld looked  more promising than Foles. However, Foles does have Playoff experience and that is huge for the Eagles. Foles is aware of the pressure that he will be under in Philadelphia in less than 2 weeks. The Eagles will have to face either the Saints, Panthers or Falcons. The Eagles beat the Panthers earlier in the season in Carolina. The Saints have a dangerous run game but the Eagles have the best rush defense in the NFL. The Falcons barely made it into the Playoffs and haven’t looked that great at any point in the season.

Here is a bold statement but it makes sense: The Falcons WILL beat the Rams. Why? The Rams have a young Qb with no Playoff experience. A head coach who has zero playoff experience. McVay did not even go to the Playoffs with the Redskins when he was on that staff. Mix that in with a physical Atlanta defense who not only can dial up a pass rush but can also stop the run. Coach Dan Quinn and Matt Ryan have Playoff experience and lots of talent on both sides of the ball. Look for a huge upset omn Wild Card Weekend.

If the Falcons do beat the Rams than the Eagles will play the Falcons in Philadelphia. Here is why the Eagles will beat the Atlanta Falcons even with Nick Foles. Defense, Defense and more defense. If the defensive line of the Eagles gets to Matt Ryan than it should be a easy win for the Eagles. The run defense should hold steady against the likes of Freeman and Coleman. That will put a lot of pressure on Matt Ryan to score points and that will be hard when Julio Jones will be double covered most of the game. Speaking of Julio Jones, he has had a solid year but has only scored 3 times all season. Mohamed Sanu has 5 Touchdowns on the year and Taylor Gabriel only has 1.

Doug Pederson needs to admit that Foles is not Wentz and can not run the same offense with Foles. Jay Ajayi and Blount need to be force fed the ball and use Clement on screen plays. If the Eagles do just enough on offense the Eagles should walk into the Superbowl. Nick Foles is 9-0 as the Eagles starter when playing at the Linc. So there is a chance.

Sixers Vs Eagles: Philadelphia’s Next Dynasty Team

It is a great time to be a Philadelphia sports fan at the moment. The Eagles are currently atop the NFL in the standings and “The Process” is finally paying off. The Eagles are literally destroying everybody in their path and the Sixers young core is looking like Shaq and Penny 2.0. The huge question is, which team should Philly fans put stock in for the future.

Looking at the Eagles, the team is currently at 8-1 and Carson Wentz is on pace to be the MVP in only his 2nd season. That is pretty incredible. Along with having a super scary defensive line and a growing secondary the Eagles are looking like formidable squad for years to come. At the moment, the Eagles defense is setting the team up for success. Opposing teams are only rushing 18 times per game on average against the Eagles. That is actually the lowest amount of rushes per game of all time. That means teams are throwing 30-40 times every week and it is not working out. Patrick Robinson is playing out of his mind ranking as the #1 DB in the NFL according to PFF (Pro Football Focus). Jalen Mills is only in his 2nd year but has proved that he should go up against the opposing #1 WR every week. The linebacking core doesn’t get enough credit. Nigel Bradham and when healthy Jordan Hicks are among the best in the NFL as well as Mychal Kendricks who has seen an uptick in production since Hicks was placed on the IR a few weeks ago. To top everything off the Eagles have a pretty decent running game that features newly acquired Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement. Blount is on a one year deal and it is not clear whether the team will retain his services after this season. All together the Eagles have a solid foundation and look to win their first Super Bowl this season.

The 76ers are on a whole other level than the Eagles. Ben Simmons is already locked in on winning the NBA Rookie of the Year award and Joel Embiid and dominating along side his 6’10 point guard. Robert Covington has budded into a good 2 way way player and Dario Saric is doing whatever he can to help the 76ers win. The great news is that the 76ers core is in place and under contract. The 76ers can add around their core and and be even better than what they are now in the future. The crazy part is Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid aren’t even in their primes yet. Imagine Simmons with a functioning jump shot. Imagine Embiid playing a full season. It is amazing to think of how good this team can be when the team hits their stride. Fultz is dealing with a shoulder injury and the team is still managing to win despite the loss of Fultz. The Process has finally payed off and the team is starting to look like the team that can take on the Golden State Warriors and win. The Eastern Conference lost a lot of talent in the offseason and it is up for grabs. The Sixers are going to be the team to step up. If not this year than for sure next year with a fully healthy core.

Sadly, the Eagles are in prime position to lose a few of their coaches in a few months. Quarterback coach John Defilippo may be the most intriguing candidate in the off season for a head coaching position. Jim Schwartz may leave for his last try at being a head coach for the right opportunity.  The loss of Defilippo may stunt Wentz’s growth and that is a huge deal. Not to mention the the NFC is starting to look like the Western Conference in football. The Eagles may be the team this year but next year and the year after that is a huge question mark. The Sixers may be young but like stated earlier, the core is there and is staying . The Sixers have more favorable odds to be contenders than the Eagles do. Philadelphia fans should love both teams but if you were to say which team is the next dynasty in Philadelphia the answer should be the Sixers.



Defense Shines While Offense Provides

The Philadelphia Eagles took care of business against the 49ers in a 33-10 thrashing this Sunday. Of course it was against a a 0-7 49ers squad; however, the game proved that even when Carson Wentz isn’t bringing it, somebody else is sure to shine. The defensive stepped up Sunday tallying 4 sacks and allowing less than 100 rushing yards once again. The loss of Jason Peters was heavily felt though in this game, making it almost certain that Lane Johnson switches to Left Tackle in the near future. Overall, the Eagles continued to prove that they are the best team in the NFL this year and have shown no signs of slowing down.

The defensive line in Philly is probably the most deep it has been since the mid 2000s. The line obviously has it’s share of star talent like Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham but also has players that have star potential like Timmy Jernigan and Derek Barnett. Eagles fans might be having flashbacks of “The Freak” Jevon Kearse and Corey Simon coming off the edge and dominating the trenches.  The biggest takeaway from this game was did anybody notice that Jordan Hicks was not playing? His season ending injury against the Redskins seemed to be a huge loss but in actuality it wasn’t this Sunday. Kendricks finally got a chance to prove himself and that is exactly what he did. Kendricks ended up with 7 tackles including a sack and 2 hits on the QB. Solid. Jalen Mills had a pick six in the game and honestly that put the game away and it was only in the 2nd quarter.

On the contrary to the defensive line, the Eagles offensive line didn’t have a great day. They were just okay when it came to creating holes for the running game and on pass protection it was dreadful. Mainly Big V who is Jason Peter’s replacement was dreadful. The sacks came in the first half but the Eagles adjusted in the second and ultimately figured it out. Alshon Jeffery finally went up for a ball, brought it down and scored a touchdown. Who would have known that Alshon could do that? Since the Eagles are literally winning almost every aspect of the game every week I think there needs to be more chances given to Alshon Jeffery. Let the man earn his contract. 50/50 balls can be a game changer and something Carson Wentz needs to work on with his outside threat. Corey Clement had a solid day rushing for 54 yards on 10 carries with one of those carries being a 22 yard play.

The biggest stat of the day was the last time the Eagles  went 7-1 was in 2004. 2004 obviously being the year the Eagles went to the Superbowl. The Eagles take on the Broncos this week who have been struggling lately on the offensive side of the ball. How convenient that the Eagles have one of the best defenses in the NFL. If the Eagles win against the Broncos the team will go into the bye week 8-1 and in prime position to be the number 1 seed in the Playoffs.