Tag: Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles Off-Season Moves

The Philadelphia Eagles have been quite active over the last week or more. The biggest question was what they were going to do with Nick Foles. That has been answered. But, aside from Foles the Eagles have been making moves in the right and wrong direction.

Additions: Jackson, Peters back, Malik Jackson

The Eagles traded for former WR DeSean Jackson to bring the beloved Eagles received back to the city of Philadelphia. The Eagles added some speed on the wide out that will open the field up for Carson Wentz and give him a deep threat. Aside from Jackson’s from his age of 32, Jackson still has upside to his game. Jackson has 589 catches for 10,261 yards, averaging 17.4 yards per catch, and 53 touchdowns. Of those numbers, he recorded 356 catches for 6,117 yards and 32 touchdowns with the Eagles. The Eagles received DeSean Jackson and a 2020 7th round pick for a 2019 sixth round pick.

Eagles sign back big-time tackle Jason Peters. This will be Peters 11th season with the Eagles. Peters is 37-years-old and only signed a one-year deal, assuming that this may be his last NFL season. Peters is guaranteed 5.5 million dollars, this will be his 16th NFL season total.

Malik Jackson signs with the Eagles for 3-years, 30 million dollars. Jackson is 29-years-old a proven veteran who made his splash in 2016 and 2017 where he recorded 14.5 sacks in 32 games. Last season Jackson played in 16 games but started in 10 of them and recorded 3.5 sacks all season.

Subtractions: Nick Foles, Michael Bennett

Nick Foles, the Super Bowl MVP, the reason the Eagles had a run in the playoffs in 2019 and brought a championship to the city of Philadelphia has officially left the Eagles. Foles signed a 4-year $88 million deal. Foles will seemingly be the starter in Jacksonville as the Jaguars have transitioned away from Blake Bortles. Foles will now move to the AFC, going to a relatively weaker division than what he was exposed to in Philadelphia. Foles had 1,413 passing yards, 7 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in 2018 but has 11,165 yards, 68 touchdowns, 33 interceptions and 88.5 passer rating in his career.

Michael Bennett was traded to the Patriots. Bennett had 34 combined tackles, 25 total tackles and 9 sacks last season. The Eagles received the Patriots 2020 fifth round pick. This is a major loss for the Eagles.

Still to sign…

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Where will Nick Foles land?

With the 2018-19 season officially over for the Philadelphia Eagles, the looming question about Nick Foles begins. Given the circumstances of the situation in Philly, the Eagles are in all likelihood going to keep starting quarterback Carson Wentz and allow Nick Foles to hit the free agency market. Putting aside all the other quarterbacks expected to hit the market and those to be taken in the NFL draft, what are the potential landing spots for Nick Foles?

1. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars have officially moved on from Blake Bortles, as was made clear by his benching mid-season. This team was 10-6 last season and reached the playoffs as the 3rd seed. In that playoff run, they beat out the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers before being edged out by Tom Brady and the Patriots at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Championship game. In essence, they were a top 4 team, but they certainly didn’t look like it this year as they ended the season with a 5-11 record.

The majority of the blame comes at Blake Bortles who never seems to make the right throw and right play. With his benching, the Jaguars are officially seeking a solid quarterback to bring this team back around to the playoffs. They still have a dominant defense that only gives up 19.8 points per game, ranked 4th overall in the league. They also have Leonard Fournette at running back and are just one solid quarterback away from reaching the playoffs. Nick Foles should definitely be on the radar of the Jaguars, if not the focal point of their free agency.

2. Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins have only had 1 winning season, out of 6, with Ryan Tannehill at quarterback. This team has more needs than just a quarterback as their defense is giving up 27.1 points per game, ranked 27th, but the question of whether or not Tannehill is the franchise quarterback has been answered and it’s a clear, “No.” The Dolphins aren’t the perfect situation for Nick Foles due to their varying needs to be a solid team, but the Dolphins probably want Foles more than Foles wants the Dolphins and that’s all that matters. They should definitely be in the hunt for the Foles magic, but whether or not it’s a good spot for Foles is another question for another time.

3. Denver Broncos

The Broncos have been searching for a solid quarterback ever since Peyton Manning officially retired after the 2015-16 season. Since then, the Broncos have had 4 different starting quarterbacks in 3 seasons. After signing in free agency, Case Keenum just led this team this past season to a 6-10 record. They’ve yet to find an answer at the quarterback position and should definitely be considering Nick Foles at the position. Their defense remains stout and ready to handle the workload of the game, creating a better situation for Nick Foles.

4. Washington Redskins

The Washington Redskins are once again looking for a quarterback after Alex Smith got injured and could be forced to retire from that injury. This is a solid team that was leading the NFC East at 6-3 until Alex Smith went down. After that, they went 1-6 to finish with a 7-9 record. The Redskins would be favored to dominate the weak NFC East if they have a solid quarterback and they looked poised to do so with Alex Smith. A Nick Foles signing makes all the sense in the world for that team, especially considering their rivalry with the Eagles. Stealing Nick Foles from the Eagles gives them insight into the Eagles playstyle and allows them to rub Nick Foles in their face from the other side of the field. Imagine if the Redskins beat the Eagles with Nick Foles and the Eagles season looks doomed, how would the Eagles feel about the quarterback decision to stick with Wentz? A Nick Foles signing doesn’t just significantly help the Redskins, but it could also cause major strife in the Eagles locker room.

5. New York Giants

The New York Giants have an aging Eli Manning who is playing worse and worse each year. With so much talent on the offensive side, there are no excuses for the New York Giants to finish with a 5-11 record. A lot of blame goes to Eli Manning for not being able to make the right throws and plays with a young talented core of wide receivers led by Odell Beckham Jr. and Rookie of the Year candidate, Saquon Barkley. Many Giants fans, including myself, would be interested to see how the team plays with Nick Foles at the helm. It just feels as if Eli Manning’s time has come to an end and a new face of leadership is needed at that position. For similar reasons as the Redskins, a Nick Foles signing would not be surprising.

6. Oakland Raiders

Jon Gruden has been shipping out pro-bowl players ever since his arrival in Oakland. Both Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack, team-building foundational players, were let go. Seeing Gruden let go of Derek Carr and landing Nick Foles would not be surprising at all. With Gruden, it seems to be “expect the unexpected.” We all expect Carr to be at quarterback for the Raiders next season so a Nick Foles landing is definitely a possibility.

7. Cincinnati Bengals

For very similar reasons as the Jaguars, the Cincinnati Bengals have to ask themselves whether or not Andy Dalton is the answer for the franchise. After 8 seasons, Dalton has only had 1 season with over 30 touchdown passes and 1 season with over 100 passer rating. If the Bengals conclude Dalton isn’t the answer, the door is open to a Nick Foles entry. Otherwise, this is a very unlikely landing spot for Foles.

8. Minnesota Vikings 

As unlikely as this seems, it is worth considering. The Minnesota Vikings went on a limb last year and signed Kirk Cousins to major contract for 3 years, worth $84 million. This made Cousins the highest paid player in the NFL, but his play did not live up to that paycheck. Cousins was a very solid quarterback, finishing the season with a 70.1% completion percentage, over 4,200 yards passing, 30 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, and a 99.7 passer rating. With all that in mind, Cousins came up short time and again in the biggest moments of the year. In the final game of the year, in which if the Vikings win, they’re in the playoffs, Cousins put up only 132 yards and a touchdown with a passer rating of 79.4 against the Bears. These are the moments the Vikings signed Cousins for and he came up short time and again. It’s highly unlikely that Foles will be in play this free agnecy for the Vikings, but it’s worth noting that Foles is all about making the big-time plays in the big-time moments.

9. Philadelphia Eagles

That’s right, the Eagles could do the unexpected. Currently, the Eagles have an option on Nick Foles. The Eagles can excersice that option and keep Foles for the 2019 season, but it comes at a cost of $20 million guaranteed. Everyone expects the Eagles to allow Foles to hit the free agency because who pays a backup $20 million? However, the Eagles can surprise us all and exercise the option to keep Foles. Afterall, Wentz does have a history of getting injured and a potential 3rd playoff run by a backup QB in Philly is more likely than not at this point. Other than keeping him, the Eagles can also exercise the option and try trading him. There are a few things the Eagles can do by keeping Foles, but again, the likelihood of paying a backup $20 million is very very slim.

Philadelphia Eagles: Job Well Done

The Philadelphia Eagles lost to the New Orleans Saints last night, January 13th, in a contested 20 – 14 battle. In the heat of the loss, many were quick to blame wide receiver Alshon Jeffery of the Eagles for the loss because of his untimely drop-turned-interception.

With 2:01 to go in the game, the Eagles ran a play right before the two minute warning. Foles threw the ball into Jeffery’s hands, but the ball slipped through his hands and into the arms of Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore for the game-ending interception.

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With a day between us and the ending of the game, it’s quite clear that Alshon Jeffery is not to blame for the loss. Yes, the Eagles did have a chance to win the game and yes, the Eagles were near the Saints 20-yard line with about 2 minutes to go until that happened. However, that one play is not the reason why the Eagles lost. It just so happened that that one play was the final chance for the Eagles to win the game and that’s why everyone is so quick to blame Jeffery.

The reality is that the Eagles lost last night because after going up 14 – 0 in the 1st quarter and starting red hot on offense, they did absolutely nothing the rest of the game. Yes, the defense gave up plenty of yards, a whole lot of 3rd down conversions, and plenty of time of possession, but at the end of the day, the Eagles defense did their job. The Eagles defense held Drew Brees and the 30.8 points per game Saints to only 20 points in the Superdome!

Had I told you that the Eagles would hold the Saints to 20 points, you would’ve put all your money on the Eagles to win this game. Any objective person would have believed the Eagles would win had they known the Saints would only score 20 at home in that special Dome.

In essence, the Eagles needed to score more as 14 is clearly not enough to beat anybody in the NFL, especially not in the playoffs. And unfortunately, the Eagles couldn’t do anything on offense for 3 straight quarters. It just happens that Alshon Jeffery’s drop-interception came about on the Eagles final chance. If this play happened earlier in the game, no one would be blaming Jeffery and ultimately, the reality is no one should be blaming him. The blame should go all around on that offense for doing nothing for 3 straight quarters after having a 14 – 0 lead.

With that said, Eagles fans should not be sour, but rather, proud. The Philadelphia Eagles surpassed everyone’s expectations and faced so many different obstacles and were still able to be one interception away from the NFC Championship game!

From the start of the season, the Eagles had a target on their backs as defending Champions. Every team playing them, whether away or home, wanted to give them extra effort because who doesn’t want to beat the Champions? Furthermore, the Eagles had plenty of players get injured before and during the season, especially players in the Eagles secondary. In fact, the only starter left in that secondary from Week 1 was safety Malcolm Jenkins. These injuries had profound effects on the defense and thus the team. It took the Eagles time to learn how to cover up that weakness in the secondary as it was gashing, as shown in last night’s game.

Combining these two obstacles, the Eagles started off very slow and were always near .500 throughout the season until December 9th. On December 9th, the Eagles lost to the Cowboys for the 2nd time in the season and were standing with a 6-7 record. To make matters worse, they also lost their starting quarterback, Carson Wentz, to injury.

At this point, every writer, analyst, pundit, everyone including myself, gave up on the Eagles. The season was over according to all us and boy were we wrong. The magical Nick Foles came in and the Eagles went on to win 3 straight games against the Rams, Texans, and Redskins to finish the season with a 9-7 record, earning a playoff spot as the 6th seed. The Eagles then went into Chicago and took down the #1 defense in a tightly contested 16 – 15 game and then came up short to the Saints.

For the Eagles to have made it this far with all the obstacles is something special. As a Giants fan, sincerely, well done Eagles.

Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys: Everything is on the Line

The Philadelphia Eagles are set to take on the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday at 4:25 PM EST in Dallas, Texas. This is the game of the season for the Eagles. A win lands them tied atop the NFC East with the Dallas Cowboys. On the other hand, a loss all but guarantees the end of a playoff hope for the Eagles. With everything on the line, who is favored to win this game and this Division?

Coming into this game, the Philadelphia Eagles are 6-6, riding a two-game winning streak after getting demolished by the Saints 48-7. Although they’ve managed to win 2 games in a row, the Eagles have yet to get in a groove and really get into tip-top form. Furthermore, they still have a deeply injured and susceptible defensive secondary. The Eagles can best be summarized as being the most consistent sub-par team of the 2018 season.

On the other side of the field, the Cowboys sit atop the Division at 7-5 after capping off a four-game winning streak with an impressive 13-10 shutdown of Drew Brees and the Saints. This time of the season is all about getting hot and going on a roll and that’s exactly what the Dallas Cowboys are doing. They are on a four-game winning streak, with their team looking better and better each week. Just last week, their defense came into prime form against the Saints, keeping the #3 scoring offense to just 10 points and the MVP candidate, Drew Brees, to just 127 yards!

Overall, going into this game, the Dallas Cowboys have every single advantage possible. Other than their winning streak and prime defense, this game against the Eagles is in Texas. This season, the Cowboys are 5-1 at home while the Eagles are 2-3 in away games. Again, a clear advantage for a team heating up at the right time. Let’s also not forget how badly hurt the Eagles defensive secondary is, leaving them extremely susceptible in the passing game. Their whole starting defensive secondary and main rotational players, with the exception of Safety Malcolm Jenkins, are injured. Last but not least, the Cowboys have already figured out the Eagles this season, when they beat them 27-20 at Philadelphia back on November 11th.

To make matters worse for the Eagles, even if they win this game, they are still unlikely to win the Division. Currently, the Eagles are 6-6 and the Cowboys are 7-5 with this upcoming match-up left and then 3 more games for each team. If the Eagles win this game, they’ll improve to 7-6 and the Cowboys will demote to 7-6, making them tied atop the Division. In such instances of a tie, the Division goes to the team who has the better record in “head-to-head” match-ups. In this case, each team will have won one game against the other. Thus, the Division winner is then found by analyzing the record of each team for games played in the Division. Again, if the Eagles win at Dallas, their Division record will be 4-1 while the Cowboys record will become 3-2, thus giving the Eagles the Division.

However, there will still be 3 more games left in the season and that’s the real problem for the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Remaining schedules for the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys

The Eagles will still have to play the 11-1 LA Rams, 9-3 Houston Texans, and rival 6-6 Washington Redskins. Two out of the three games are away for the Eagles, leaving them at another disadvantage. In all likelihood, the Eagles are going to lose at least two out of the three games, leaving them at an 8-8 record. Winning against the Redskins is also not guaranteed, as we’ve seen Division rivals ruin playoff hopes in the final game of the year on many occasions.

On the other hand, the Cowboys will have to play the 6-6 Indianapolis Colts, 5-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and 4-8 New York Giants. The Cowboys can win all three of these games and are favored to do so after their performance against the Saints. Even if the Cowboys go 2-1, they’ll end up with a 9-7 record, enough to win the Division.

Ultimately, the Dallas Cowboys control their own destiny and have all the advantages in their favor. It sounds like what a team would hope for, but the Dallas Cowboys have a sour history in such situations. It’s in instances in which they are favored that the Dallas Cowboys fumble apart and analysts know this. 

None the less, this Division is favored for the Cowboys and if the Eagles want to at least try to make a stand, they must get out with a win this Sunday. It’s strictly Division winner or bust for the Eagles and in order to represent the NFC East in the playoffs, the Eagles pretty much have to win out. If the Eagles fail at step 1 this Sunday and lose to the Cowboys, the season is guaranteed to be over.

NFL: Saints vs Cowboys: Who Needs the Win More?

The 10-1 New Orleans Saints are set to face off against the 6-5 Dallas Cowboys in less than 4 hours in Dallas, Texas. To this point, there has been a lot of hype placed around this game. Jerry Jones, the owner of the Cowboys, stated that this game should be viewed as the Superbowl for the Cowboys, considering the team that they’re playing.

“Each play, we’ve got to think it’s the Super Bowl play. If every player on every play in this game says, ‘When we put that tape on Monday, it’s going to look like one of my best plays of the year,’ it’s really going to take that kind of focus to beat a team like this.”

Furthermore, there has been a lot of “trash talk” by the Cowboys with DeMarcus Lawrence starting it all. On Tuesday, Lawrence was asked if the Saints have the best offensive line and here’s his response:

“They’re going to have to match our intensity. S—, for 60 minutes straight. If you hit a m—–f—– in the mouth and then they ain’t doing what they’re regularly doing, putting up 50 points, they start to get a little distressed. Now you got them where you want them at, and then you f—ing choke their ass out.”

With so much hype and talk around this game, it’s without a doubt that both teams are more than inspired to play football tonight. The question remains, who needs the win more? Is it possible that the 10-1 Saints need this game more than the 6-5 Cowboys?

Well, let’s look at it from the Saints perspective. The New Orleans Saints are without a doubt, the best team in the NFL right now. They’re clearly the favorites to win it all, although there are other major contenders in the picture like the Chiefs, Rams, Patriots, and others. Taking this into consideration, this game is very important for the Saints playoff picture.

Right now, the Saints are 1st in the NFC because of their victory over the Rams. Although the Rams and Saints both have 10-1 records, that direct win over the Rams gives the Saints the #1 seed. With that in mind, the Saints want to make sure that they do everything they can to keep that home-field advantage for the playoffs.

Everyone knows how difficult it is for a team to come into the New Orleans Superdome and earn a victory. It gets that much more difficult when it’s in the playoffs and the crowd and intensity is just that much more amped. With that in mind, if the Saints lose to the Cowboys tonight, they will be demoted to the #2 seed with the Rams promoted to #1.

There’s still more football to be played and that could switch up again, but going forward, the schedule doesn’t favor the Saints either. After the Cowboys, the Saints still have to face the Steelers, Buccaneers, and Panthers twice. Other than the Bucs game, the 3 remaining games are all against worthy teams and the Saints can definitely end up on the wrong side of those games.

On the other hand, the Rams schedule is much easier. The Rams only have to face 1 team with a winning record, the 8-3 Bears. Other than that, they’re up against the Lions at 4-7, Eagles at 5-6, Cardinals at 2-9, and 49ers at 2-9. The Rams can definitely win out so even one loss for the Saints can be the difference between a home-field playoff game and an away game in the playoffs.

Furthermore, the Bears even have a shot at earning a Divisional-bye because their schedule is also easier than what the Saints have to go through. The Bears still have to face the 3-8 Giants, 10-1 Rams, 4-6-1 Packers, 2-9 49ers, and 6-4-1 Vikings. There are three difficult games in that schedule, but it is possible that the Rams end up with the 1st seed, Bears with the 2nd, and Saints with the 3rd. Thus, the Saints really have a lot to lose today if they don’t earn the victory.

On the other hand, the Dallas Cowboys are 6-5 and leading the NFC East at the moment. This NFC East Division has been anything but consistent. Every team, even the 3-8 Giants, still actually have a shot at winning this division. However, if we are to put aside the long shots, the Cowboys are definitely favored to win this division. The Giants have problems everywhere and are 3-8. An 8-8 team is not going to win this division and more importantly, the Giants are not going to win out and finish 8-8.

In terms of the Redskins, they were the favorites to win this division until Alex Smith was done for the season. They have already lost grasp of the division after losing to the Cowboys last week 31 to 23, and are quickly losing hope of making the playoffs. Their schedule does’t include a team with a winning record, but without their starting quarterback, it’s just a losing situation. Furthermore, they have two games left against the Eagles. If the Redskins and Eagles each win one of those games, they ultimately both help the Cowboys remain atop. Only one other team can rise to contend with the Cowboys so if these teams beat each other, it will be great news for the Cowboys. A team needs to go on a winning streak to contend with the Cowboys and without Smith, the Redskins are not that team.

This leaves us with the Eagles, the most sub-par team of the year. After winning the Superbowl last year and getting back their starting quarterback, they were favored to run away with this division, yet they sit at 5-6 right now. The Philadelphia Eagles are done. They still have to face the Rams and Texans which will put them at 5-8. Even if they win the rest of their games, which they won’t, they’ll finish at 8-8. That’s not going to be enough for this division.

The Cowboys are primed to win this division, being the most complete and healthy team who are getting on a streak at the right time. The Cowboys have won their last 3 games and have the 5-6 Eagles, 6-5 Colts, 4-7 Buccaneers, and 3-8 Giants left on their schedule after the Saints tonight. If the Cowboys win tonight, they put extreme pressure on the Redskins and Eagles to win out. Remember, the Eagles and Redskins still have two games against each other so one team needs to win both games. If they beat each other, the Cowboys will for sure remain atop.

Even if the Cowboys lose tonight, they’re still favored to win this division because they’ll hold their own destiny. They’ll have the Eagles come in to town the following week for a match-up with the division on the line. It’s just extremely difficult to think that the Eagles are going to do anything with a secondary that has been injured all year long and doesn’t seem to be repaired. The Cowboys should stomp on the Eagles in that game and finish the final hope that the Eagles have. Thus, the Cowboys will still have their destiny in hand even if they lose this game. They aren’t going to do any better than a 4th seed so losing tonight isn’t going to affect their playoff seed.

Hence, if we really think about it, this hyped Saints vs Cowboys game is really more important to the Saints. If the Cowboys lose, it’s okay, they still hold their own destiny in their hands. If the Cowboys win, it’ll be an extreme confidence boost and pretty much guarantee them the division although they will not do any better than the 4th seed.

On the other hand, the Saints have much higher aspirations than a 4th seed. If they were to win tonight, they continue to remain atop the conference and keep the race for the #1 seed alive with a difficult road ahead. However, if the Saints lose, they give up the #1 seed with 3 difficult game still ahead, paving the way for the Rams and possibly, the Bears to lead the conference. The Saints need to win this game tonight to remain Superbowl favorites and keep their path to the Superbowl as easy as possible.

NFL: The End of the Philadelphia Eagles

On February 4th, 2018, the Philadelphia Eagles beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots to become Superbowl Champions!

Ever since that day, Eagles’ fans have been celebrating and with reason. Not only did the Eagles beat the Patriots to become Superbowl Champs, but they did so without their starting quarterback. Remember, Carson Wentz was injured last year, tearing both his ACL and LCL on December 10th against the LA Rams. Since that injury, the Eagles have been riding with Nick Foles as their quarterback.

After riding with Foles to a Superbowl victory, this 2018 season looked very promising to Eagles fans. For starters, if the Eagles were able to win the Superbowl with their backup quarterback, how would they fare when Wentz came back? Also, let’s not forget that the Eagles were able to keep their team together, not really losing any key pieces in the summer. Putting the two together, everything looked setup for the Eagles to be contenders again.

Well, 11 weeks into the 2018 season and it’s obvious that the Eagles will not be repeating as Superbowl Champions and in all likelihood, will not even be making the playoffs. Thus far, each week, we’d all believe that the Eagles were going to be turning the corner and putting it all together to go on a winning streak. Well, it’s Week 11 and the Eagles just received a beatdown at the hands of Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, losing 48 to 7. This puts the Eagles at 4-6 with only 6 more games to play. The season is done for the Philadelphia Eagles.

For those who want to argue that the Saints are just that good and it’s not the fault of the Eagles, well let’s argue. Yes, the New Orleans Saints are argumentatively the best team in the NFL right now. After all, they have the highest scoring offense in the league, averaging over 37 points a game. But, the amazing level of the Saints’ play right now is not an excuse for the Eagles’ horrible play. If the Eagles are expected to contend for the Superbowl or even make the playoffs, they cannot lose 48 to 7 after 11 weeks into the season. It’s clear by their play that the Eagles are out of contention. It’s not official, but it’s quite clear.

Now, for those who argue that the Division is still up for grabs especially after today’s events, let’s argue. Yes, the NFC East always seems to be up for grabs in recent times. After all, the Eagles are only 2 games out of 1st place. Currently, the Eagles stand at 4-6, 3rd in the Division behind the 6-4 Redskins and 5-5 Cowboys. Furthermore, the Redskins did lose Alex Smith today, their starting quarterback, for the rest of the season. This all sounds positive for Eagles’ fans, but it’s false hope. The Eagles are just too injured to compete.

The reason that the Eagles are struggling so much, especially for their horrible showing today, is because they’re depleted defensively. The Eagles have been hit with the injury bug across all positions, but worst of all, in their secondary. After today’s injuries, the only Week 1 starter still playing in the Eagles secondary is safety Malcolm Jenkins. Everyone else in the defensive back rotation has been injured throughout the season with some confirmed to be missing the rest of the season.

In Week 3, starting safety Rodney McLeod was put on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury. Since then, starting cornerback Ronald Darby tore his ACL and is out for the season, starting cornerback Jalen Mills has had foot injuries and is week to week, backup cornerback Sidney Jones is day to day with a hamstring injury, and starting safety (backup for McLeod) Avonte Maddox sustained a knee injury that could keep him sidelined for a few weeks.

Right now, the Eagles are being forced to start cornerbacks that aren’t intended to see the field. This includes CB Cre’Von LeBlanc, a player the Eagles cut before the season started. They’ve had to resign him and include him in their defense because of all the injuries. That’s how bad it is and it’s quite evident on the field.

Just last week, in a crucial game against the Cowboys, the Eagles gave up 270 yards to Dak Prescott and another 171 on the ground. This week, the Eagles gave up 363 passing yards and four touchdowns to the Drew Brees. This is just in the air, not including rushing yards! In total, the Eagles gave up 546 yards while managing only 196 of their own against the Saints. These numbers only tell us that the Eagles are done.

The defense cannot stop the pass and because of that, the Eagles are susceptible to the run too. Since they can’t stop the pass, more attention is being given to pass defense, which in return opens up the running game for their opponents. It’s a total disaster for the Eagles defense right now and to make matters worse, Carson Wentz and the offense aren’t providing any aid. If the defense is struggling, the offense needs to step it up and maintain possession of the ball and score more than usual. Unfortunately, the opposite seems to be true as the Eagles are just barely managing to get any yards or score.

With 6 games to go, the Eagles schedule includes the Giants, Cowboys, Rams, Texans, and Redskins twice. They should definitely lose against the Texans and Rams, making them 4-8. At best, if they are able to win all the other games, they’ll end up with an 8-8 record. Remember, the Eagles will in all likelihood lose more than 2 of these games because of their struggles, but if they do go 4-2 in their last 6, they’ll still only be 8-8.

Even the Redskins without Alex Smith should be able to beat that record and remain atop the Division. If anyone other than the Redskins is going to win the Division, it should be the Cowboys. They’re in prime position to win this Division, knowing that the Eagles are defensively hampered, and the Redskins lost their starting quarterback. Regardless of who wins the Division, one thing is for sure, it will not be the Eagles. And that only means the Eagles will not be making the playoffs, much less, contending for the Superbowl. It was fun while it lasted, but this is the end of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Grading NFL Trade Deadline deals: Tate to Philadelphia, Thomas to Texans, Fowler to Rams and more!

What a solid final 2.5 hours of the NFL Trade Deadline. It always seems like the NFL season starts and the NFL deadline is here already, the deadline comes so quick it catches fans(probably just me) off guard a little. At such an odd time to, 12PM on a Tuesday in October usually only the die-hard fans are streaming this from their cubicle during the season. Anyways during these final hours of the trade deadline their were five pretty big trades that occurred!

1. Philadelphia Eagles acquire WR Golden Tate for a 3rd round draft pick; Grade: A 

NFL TRADE DEADLINE 2018This is a great deal for the Eagles as their offense/wide outs have not been great this year it adds a great dimension to the offense. Tate can play the slot receiver and the outside receiver position equally as well. Tate has 44 receptions 517 yards and 3 touchdowns on the season thus far. In his career he has totaled 581 receptions, 6,936 receiving yards and 37 touchdowns. The Eagles get him to add to already a versatile Nelson Agholor, deep threat Alshon Jeffrey and top performing tight end Zach Ertz only bolsters their offense. After a week 8 win over Jacksonville and now bye week 9, the Eagles will have two weeks to get Tate adjusted to the Philadelphia ways.

2. Houston Texans acquire Demaryius Thomas & 7th round pick from Broncos for a 4th and 7th round pick;Grade: B+

The only reason this gets a B+ is because Thomas has been near nothing over the last two years. Sure the situation in Denver has not been great but Emmanuel Sanders did not seem to struggle even when Chad Kelly, Trevor Siemian or whoever was called upon was throwing him the ball. Thomas has taken a dip in numbers since the Broncos Super Bowl. In 2016 Thomas had 90 receptions for 1,083 yards, in 2017 Thomas had 83 receptions for 949 yards. This season Thomas has 36 receptions for 302 yards, and 0 touchdowns. This is a huge addition to the Texans offense though due to Will Fuller going down for the year they needed to add a solid WR back to their line up. While Thomas may be no Fuller he fills the void quite well and his first game back will be vs Denver week nine. Thomas has 665 receptions, 9,055 receiving yards and 60 touchdowns.

3. Ty Montgomery to Baltimore Ravens for 7th round pick from Green Bay Packers; Grade B+ 

NFL TRADE DEALINE 2018The 3rd round 94th overall pick made a terrible decision that ultimately led to this trade probably, but the Ravens will not be complaining only giving up a 7th round pick to add a versatile running/pass catching running back. Montgomery disobeyed coach Mike McCarthy’s orders on Sunday night by running the ball out of the end zone in which he fumbled and gave the Packers no chance to win the game. The addition of Montgomery for Baltimore means they have more depth on the offensive side of things to add to Willie Snead, Michael Crabtree, Javorius Allen and Alex Collins. Montgomery will not be expected to do much in his week 9 matchup vs Pittsburgh and could draw as a third running back. But Montgomery when brought up to speed can be used as a wide receiver or running back. On the year Montgomery has 26 rushing attempts for 105 rushing yards, 1 touchdown, 15 receptions for 170 receiving yards and no touchdowns.

4. Dante Fowler to Los Angeles Rams for 3rd round pick(2019) & 5th round pick in 2020 from Jacksonville Jaguars; Grade B

This adds to an already stacked defensive line with Sam Darnold and Ndamukong Suh with the addition of Dante Fowler this defensive line is going to be a mess for offenses. In addition to an already solidified top five defense the Rams just got a lot deeper now. Fowler on the season has 2 sacks, 7 total tackles. 8 combined tackles. There is sure skepticism as to if Dante Fowler was living up to his first round third overall draft position, this is the main reason why the Jaguars cut the cord with the 24-year-old defensive end. But paired with Suh and Darnold, Fowler should have no problem finding a role on this defense. During his career he has 39 games played, 48 total tackles, 61 combined tackles, 14 sacks.

5. Ha Ha Clinton Dix to Washington Redskins for 2019 4th round pick from Green Bay Packers; Grade B

The former first rounder during the 2014 draft came in and immediately made an impact on the Packers defense, that year(2014) he played in 16 games, totaling 94 combined tackles, 66 total tackles, 1 sack and 1 interception. He earned Pro-Bowl selection and All-Pro honors in 2016. The reason behind this deal was because the Packers could not pay Clinton-Dix due to his current 3.153 million dollar cap hit, he is only going to be looking for more after he is a UFA in 2019. Clinton-Dix on the year has 27 tackles, 1 sack, a forced fumble and three interceptions this season already. Paired alongside D.J. Swearinger and Montae Nicholson the Redskins safety unit seems to locked down for the rest of the season.