2. The target number for the Philadelphia Eagles on offense is 18 turnovers or less.
The Philadelphia Eagles have turned the football over 23 times in each of the past two seasons. That isn’t the best we’ve all seen over that stretch, but it isn’t the worst either. Believe it or not, the Eagles were tied with the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers in giveaways last season.
Each of the last ten Super Bowl Champions has averaged about 18 turnovers per season. The lowest total has been 11 (there’s that number again), the highest has been the 31 given up by the Broncos during their championship run.
Wentz is entering his fifth season in the league and if the “Birds” want to scale the mountain again, it’s time that he returns to his near-MVP form. All the chips are in favor of him succeeding at the level he did in 2017. The receivers are as fast as they’ve ever been. The offensive line is one of the best in football. There’s a young star in the backfield poised for a breakout season. The tight end duo is the best in the league.
We all saw Wentz meticulously lead his team down the stretch last season. Now, he has the weapons to rattle off not just four great games, but a 16-game masterpiece. “11” has made some nice decisions, throwing just seven interceptions each of the last three seasons. The issue is the fumbles come much too often, 48 times in four seasons to be exact. Sure, he lost less than half of those, but the franchise quarterback is still putting his team in harm’s way more than any coach would like to see.
Hopefully, he’ll clean that up. His backfield mate, Miles Sanders, has been virtually turnover-free. He fumbled just twice on 229 touches as a rookie. Turnovers start and end with Wentz. The target number for the offense is 18 or less.