Following an already impressive offseason, we look ahead and make a few predictions about the coming Philadelphia Eagles season.
If you’ve found yourself daydreaming at work while fantasizing about 50-yard bombs from Jalen Hurts to A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith, and Quez Watkins, don’t beat yourself up too badly. You aren’t alone. Everyone is excited about this Philadelphia Eagles team.
How might the rookies and new additions blend? How much fun is it going to be if all of the Georgia Bulldogs can bring some of that winning attitude to the franchise and they duplicate what we saw from them at the NCAA level?
We all tend to look further ahead. Some of us think out loud. Those roads intersect here. How about some bold predictions for the offense?
The Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive line finishes with 34 sacks allowed (or fewer).
Jalen Hurts was sacked 38 times during the 2022-2023 NFL season en route to Philly tying with the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals by allowing 44 quarterback takedowns on the campaign. Only ten teams gave up more.
Some of that comes by way of opposing teams fielding some phenomenal pass rushers. Sometimes, the wounds are self-inflicted. As great as it is to have a quarterback that can work off-script, things can sometimes backfire when your O-line loses track of where the man you’re supposed to be protecting is.
Hurts has improved by leaps and bounds as a starter, and now that the team has invested so much into him financially (and seeing as how he missed time with injuries in each of his first two full seasons as QB1), job number one is keeping him upright.
Expect some of the focus to be on getting the ball out early and allowing Boston Scott, Kenneth Gainwell, Rashaad Penny, and D’Andre Swift to handle many of those ball-carrying duties that Jalen took on himself in the past. Fewer sacks, a little over two per game will be given up as a result. Here are some ideas on what that means for the offense and some early predictions that come to mind as a result.