It has just been confirmed today by Eagles coach Doug Pederson that MVP candidate Carson Wentz is out for the year with a torn ACL. The injury occurred in the middle of the matchup with the Rams this past Sunday. Nick Foles and the Eagles defense led them back with turnovers and a pair of field goals, and the Eagles clinched the NFC East and a playoff berth with a 43-35 win over the Rams. Now while this headline will cause many Eagles fans to cry themselves to sleep tonight they shouldn’t lose all hope, and I’ll tell you why:
In 2013,Philadelphia lost Jeremy Maclin to a torn ACL in the pre-season and quarterback Michael Vick during the beginning of the season. Foles replaced him and did not disappoint. He would start 11 of Philadelphia’s next 12 games.While making the playoffs.The Eagles finished the year 10-6 with Foles as the starting quarterback.Foles finished with 27 touchdowns and two picks, which was the best touchdown-interception ratio in league history at the time. Two years later Foles would sign on with the Rams. He didn’t do so well and Case Keenum replaced him as the starter. While that’s probably a cause for concern you have to take into account that Jeff Fisher was the head coach at the time. And we all know how good he is.
While they lost that year in the wildcard round this years team is much more complete.Let’s start with their defense, which is top notch. They rank as the best run defense in the NFL and if you look at the other probable NFC playoff teams they all have great run games, if the Eagles can keep it up they definitely can sneak a playoff win or two. They also rank fourth in total yards allowed,third in first downs allowed,third in third downs converted,and top 5 in takeaway differential.
Now let’s look on the offensive side of the ball. They were the highest scoring team in the NFL before Wentz went down but there run game wasn’t too shabby. They were second in the NFL in total rushing yards. Which should only improve as they start to get Jay Ajayi more in the mix.Any of their three backs are capable of putting up 100-yard games. The Eagles now need to take a similar gameplan as the Vikings which is a run-heavy approach and depend on their great defense to get stops.
Now, I’m not saying Foles is going to be great but, he doesn’t have to be. When he got his chance in 2013 he led the Eagles to a playoff berth. He would sign a contract with the Rams thinking he would be their franchise quarterback but Jeff Fisher has other plans. Now he gets a big chance again and hopefully he doesn’t disappoint as the whole city of Philadelphia is depending on him to end their Super Bowl drought.