Fly, Eagles, fly?
What’s usually a rallying cry and fight song brimming with confidence is nothing more than a question heading into the 2020 Eagles season. The team willed its way into the playoffs last season, before crashing down in a matchup vs. the Seahawks — just as Jadeveon Clowney came crashing down on Carson Wentz.
The Eagles, still talented on both sides of the ball, are playing opponents and health in 2020, as injuries largely derailed their 2019 season, even while winning the NFC East.
This year, they have a much better shot at making noise within the division and the NFC as a whole. Here’s why:
Eagles record prediction for 2020
The Eagles got a fully healthy season from Carson Wentz and starting to look much better around him with a youth movement in progress. The defense is extremely loaded with Javon Hargrave joining Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett up front and Darius Slay rounding out the secondary. This is a complete team with some of the 2018’s Super Bowl feels.
Health, health, health. You could repeat that 150 more times and it would tell the story of how far the 2020 Eagles will go.
The 2019 squad was ravaged by injuries top to bottom, but made the playoffs despite major injuries at key positions throughout the roster. The knockout blow, almost literally, came when Jadeveon Clowney landed on Carson Wentz’s head in the wild-card round in 2019. It was a terrible punchline for a never-ending bad joke for the 2019 Eagles.
This year, at full health, they’ll be battling one-on-one with the Cowboys for NFC East supremacy. The Giants may be better than people think, but still not challenge for the division while the Redskins and Ron Rivera have a long way to go before even being spoken in that conversation. Also a reminder that Dallas ousted Jason Garrett and hired Mike McCarthy, which feels like it could swing the balance of power in favor of the Cowboys this year.
If Wentz plays to MVP levels — which he has — the secondary plays well and stays healthy, then the sky is once again the limit for the Eagles. First-round pick Jalen Reagor seems like a good fit with a downfield Eagles attack, adding to an already above-average Eagles receiving corps.
But, like we said at the top: health, health, health. That’s it, that’s all.
Final record: 11-5
Eagles 2020 win total, Super Bowl odds
An over/under total of 9 1/2 seems about right for Philly, who have a tough schedule, but something they can navigate as long as they stay healthy this season.
Eagles schedule 2020
The Eagles have to make one long trip out west to face the 49ers in Week 4, the fly out to face the Cardinals and Cowboys in a tough road trip late in the season.
For SN’s full Eagles schedule analysis, click here.
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