2017 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES YEAR IN REVIEW

2017 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES YEAR IN REVIEW

2017 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES YEAR IN REVIEW

This improbable run by the Eagles started in a season that most saw them as the 3rd best team in their division but ended with them being the best team in the entire conference.

The season started with 3 familiar foes, the Washington Redskins, former coach Andy Reid and his Chiefs team then the New York Giants. They started 2-1 with two divisional wins but it was obvious early that this team had something special. The team would lose All-pro Left Tackle Jason Peters for the year with an injury but 2nd year Coach Doug Peterson and 2nd year Quarterback Carson Wentz had this team humming from the first kickoff of the season. The team would follow the good start with six more wins as they headed into their week 10 bye with an 8-1 record. They averages 31.4 ppg through the first 9 games.

Just before the bye week the team traded for Miami Dolphins stand out RB Jay Ajayi to bolster an already solid running game. The acquisition of Ajayi added to a team that had already brought in the likes of an Alshon Jeffrey, Torrey Smith, Chris Long and Ronald Darby prior to the beginning of the season.

The Eagles came out of the bye with last years division champion and NFC number 1 seeded Cowboys in their way. The team went into halftime trailing 9-7 then unleashed an offensive onslaught that the Cowboys couldn’t have saw coming. With 16 points in the 3rd and 14 in the 4th, Philadelphia outscored them 30-0 in the 2nd half on their way to a 37-9 rout. The next 2 games would be a 31-3 drubbing of the Chicago Bears then a tough 24-10 loss to Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field.

Week 14 the stage was set for a 1 vs 2 match up as the #2 overall pick in the 2016 draft Carson Wentz took his Eagles into Los Angeles to face #1 overall pick Jared Goff and his Rams. This was a back and forth game as Wentz and Goff went toe to toe and the Eagles would ultimately win the game 43-35 but the more important thing about this game was that now MVP frontrunner Wentz went down late in the 3rd quarter with what later would be confirmed as a torn ACL. Many thought the team was done after losing its leader but veteran back up Nick Foles led the team to a 2-1 record to close the season at 13-3 and the NFC’s #1 seed.

The bye week gave the team an opportunity to cater the offense to Foles as they prepared for the post season. Their first opponent was the Atlanta Falcons who were coming off a stunning win over the Rams. A cold windy Philadelphia day saw the Eagles defense stifle and confuse last years MVP Matt Ryan as some timely Foles passing and a late goal line stand propels the Eagles to a 15-10 victory and sent them to the NFC championship game.

The next week Foles and the Eagles played host to the Minnesota Vikings who came in after a Miracle walk off Touchdown to beat the New Orleans Saints the week prior. Not to mention with the chance at being the first host city team to play in the Superbowl. After the Vikings flew down the field to take a 7-0 lead the Eagles embarked on a beat down of epic proportion. Foles threw for 352 yards and 3 TDs, while the defense forced Case keenum into 3 turnovers and a 63.8 passer rating. The game would end with a score of 38-7 and it oddly wasn’t that close.

Through all the new faces, injuries and obstacles. This team has shown an uncanny ability to push through and with that ability they have pushed their way through the NFC and into the Superbowl. Next they will face Tom Brady and his New England Patriots in hopes of avenging a 2004 Superbowl loss to them and hoisting the Vince Lombardi trophy for the first time in the teams history.