Philadelphia Eagles: NFC East Power Rankings following Week 1

Fabian Moreau #25. Greg Ward #84 (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
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These Philadelphia Eagles continue to give their fans headaches.

As good as the Washington Football Team looked on Sunday, there was no way the Eagles were going to lose this one, or at least, that’s what we thought as this one progressed.

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The worst-case scenario was supposed to be Washington was going to keep things interesting thanks to their defensive line, but Philly was still going to pull things out. No dice in that one. Washington stunned the ‘Birds’ in the season opener, and the blame can only be placed on the team from the ‘City of Brotherly Love’

If you ask ten Eagles fans what went wrong in Week 1, you will possibly get ten different responses, all of which would hold some credence. Doug Pederson needs to be better. Carson Wentz has to play smarter. The offensive line has to clear holes in the running game and protect their quarterback. The defense can’t be put in bad situations, but they have to make plays when given the opportunity as well.

This team clearly missed Miles Sanders and Lane Johnson, but both will be back. Zach Ertz dropped a fourth-down pass that could’ve put the Eagles in the position to continue a drive. That won’t happen too often, but the question mark with this team is, again, the offensive line, which allowed eight sacks, didn’t give Wentz adequate protection and didn’t give its tailbacks any room to get anything done.

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The good news is all of this can be fixed. The question is how soon will it be until that happens? Philly isn’t the best team in the NFC East, but with a few tweaks and with the return of some of their most important players, they can be. In the meantime, they have a lot to clean up before the Los Angeles Rams come to Lincoln Financial Field.