Stagnating Start Could Be Biggest Issue for Philadelphia Eagles
By Regina Ham
Seven weeks into the season and it doesn’t look like the path to a second Super Bowl is going to be a walk in the park for the Eagles.
The Philadelphia Eagles are almost halfway into the 2018 season, and it has been a roller coaster of emotions. Wunderkid Carson Wentz wasn’t able to start for the team until Week 3. Super Bowl-winning quarterback Nick Foles was reliable in the beginning but didn’t have much time to develop strong chemistry with any of his receivers.
However, the team is still very much an enigma and that might be part of their issue. Their week three victory over the Indianapolis Colts (yes a win can be a win) was solid but what loomed is a larger issue. There are obvious flaws in both defense and offense to this point but taking a look at the bigger picture might help to see where this team can keep the train on the tracks.
QB Carson Wentz/QB Nick Foles
We can breathe a sigh of relief kids. Carson Wentz is alive and well and doing a solid job. Last season he didn’t look like an MVP in the beginning, and it was only until the second half of the season that the thrusters came on.
His current 70.8 completion percentage for 1,502 yards, ten touchdowns and a passer rating of 108.1 is about where he should be. Against the Colts in Week 3, Wentz’s mobility was the same as it was on the field last season but mentally, it can’t be said the same returned. There were questionable calls on plays, delayed throws and clearly some rust on the cogs.
However his red zone accuracy this season is lacking, and well, that might be a bit of an issue. He also is left a bit out in the air by unreliable pass protection, but we’ll touch more on that in a bit.
The other half of the puzzle is Nick Foles. Granted, he is now insurance for Wentz, but he is also a reliable starter in his own right. In his two games this season, he had a 65.9 completion percentage for 451 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He went .500 in his start but had an abysmal performance in Week One that luckily the defense was able to salvage. Foles knows the Eagles’ offense, but he clearly looks better as a backup.