2020 Philadelphia Eagles Predictions and Season Win Total Picks
The Philadelphia Eagles are at a crossroads. They’ve posted three straight winning seasons, won two of three division titles, and the 2017-18 Super Bowl trophy has barely started to gather dust. But the Eagles have had one of the oldest rosters in the NFL over the past two seasons, and this could be the final hurrah for this band of brothers.
The Eagles have been extraordinarily mediocre the past two years, going 9-7 each campaign and posting point differentials of plus-19 in 2018 and plus-31 in 2019. The Eagles offense has been in the middle of the NFL pack (No. 18 and No. 12 each of the past two seasons, respectively) and the defense has been there as well (No. 12 and No. 15, respectively). So the margin for error for this group is pretty slim.
Carson Wentz started all 16 games last year for just the second time. Wentz had a great season, posting 27 touchdowns and just seven interceptions despite erratic play from his receiving corps. Wentz, now entering his fifth season, still has question marks about his durability and his overall leadership. But he also has Pro Bowl talent and is a legit franchise quarterback.
Wentz isn’t the only one with durability issues. Alshon Jeffery is always hurt, and fellow wideout DeSean Jackson has played just 15 of a possible 32 games the past two seasons. Running back Miles Sanders broke out in the second half last year. But the running back room is still pretty flimsy and running behind an offensive line that has already lost two starters for the year.
Defensively, the Eagles still have several big names in the starting lineup. Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham and newly acquired cornerback Darius Slay will provide leadership and playmaking. The secondary is a major strength. The linebacking corps is a weakness. And on the whole there isn’t a lot to get excited about on this side of the ball for the Eagles.
The Eagles open the season against three non-playoff teams, including the two worst teams in the NFL last year (Washington and Cincinnati). But after that, things get real hard real quick. Between Week 4-Week 8 the Eagles play at San Francisco and at Pittsburgh before hosting Baltimore, the Giants and Dallas. Late season games against Seattle, at Green Bay, New Orleans and at Dallas will also test this aging roster, and I don’t think that Philadelphia is going to be able to withstand the pounding for a full 16 games.
The Eagles have made four straight playoff appearances only twice in franchise history. The first was four straight from 1978-1981. The second was five straight from 2000-2004. I don’t think that this group will make it four in a row, and I think that at this time next year we’ll be talking about the opening stages of an Eagles rebuilding effort. This one is an easy call for me.
Take Philadelphia ‘Under’ 9.5 wins.
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