Week 9: Bye Week Blues

It is officially the half point of the year for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles currently sit at 2-5-1 and are last place in the NFC East. They have been in most of the games, with most of their losses coming in the 4th quarter. The theme of the Eagles season is terrible defense and turnovers. In this article we will go over the Eagles player statistics, trades and upcoming schedule outlook. 

Just before the bye week the Eagles traded wide receiver Goodwin to the Houston Texans. This trade was motivated by Goodwin who requested the trade. Goodwin wanted to be on a  team who was winning this year and on the last year of his contract the Eagles obliged. The trade officially went through and the Eagles received Wide Receiver Keke Coutee and Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves. This move gave the Eagles a young wide receiver who in a negative cap year next year will not need to be re-signed. Coutee was instantly slotted into the slot receiver spot. Hargreaves is essentially a one year rental who will be rotated in when guys get tired or will be slotted in if an injury is to occur. 

The Eagles overall are playing bad football. They are in the bottom of the league in points scored,  total yards gained, and rushing yards gain. The pass offense is in the middle of the league but does show times where they can be great if the turnovers don’t occur.  for all of the points that the defense  have given up  they rank in the middle of the league in points against and  total yards against. The pass defense has done quite well ranking in the top 10 while the run defense is almost last in the league. 

Stars of the season so far have been Miles Sanders, Desean Jackson, Avonte Maddox, Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham. Sanders has been a matchup nightmare for defenses as he averages 5.3 yards per carry and 8.7 yards per catch. In the running game Sanders has impressed when given opportunities. Desean Jackson is showing the league that even in his 12th year he can still be a true number one receiver. Jackson is averaging an astonishing 23 yards per reception and has 8 total touchdowns. Jackson is taking the top off of defense and has been Wentz’s favorite target this season. 

When you think of all of the stars on the Eagles defense that could make an impact on the game, your first guess wouldn’t be Avonte Maddox, however, he has played exceptionally well this season.  Maddox has 6 interceptions, one for a touchdown and 3 deflections. He leads the team in interceptions and has made a few key stops in some of the games won this season. Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham have been eating offensive lines alive this season. Cox ranks third in total sacks and Graham ranks 10 in total sacks this season. They both build off of one another and  have committed to getting at least 10 sacks a piece this season.  

Overall, the Eagles have shown some bright spots this season with most of their  games being close until the fourth quarter. The main concern from the locker room is closing out games. Players can be heard saying, “ How can we close out these games.” If they closed out at least a few of the games this season, the morale would be completely different. 

The upcoming schedule features teams that all will be fighting for playoff spots. With two divisional opponents, plus half of the NFC west left to play, the Eagles season will be determined right there. If they can win those 4 games, plus close out versus the other two teams then their playoff chances will still be there. When asked about their chances of making the playoffs, coach Skellington yelled, “PLAYOFFS” in disgust and walked away. Up next for the Eagles are the red hot Cleveland Browns and if they want any hope at redeeming their season, it will start off with a win in that game.  

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