Philadelphia Eagles: Can this team make a deep playoff run?
The Philadelphia Eagles are 8-1 and after clobbering the Denver Broncos on Sunday they clearly look as though they can beat anyone in their path.
Do they have a gear for a huge playoff run?
Philly has a balance on offense with Carson Wentz throwing 23 touchdowns so far in 2017. Jay Ajayi averaged 9.6 yards per rush in his Eagles’ debut and LeGarrette Blount averages 4.6 yards per attempt.
The Eagles can wreak havoc in the NFC playoffs by helping Wentz as much as possible.
Without tackle Jason Peters, Philly surrendered only two sacks to a Von Miller-led Broncos D.
This is an encouraging sign to Eagles’ fans especially since other playoff teams have defenses that can get to the quarterback.
The Eagles have multiple weapons at their disposal like tight end Zach Ertz, Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, and it looks as though Nelson Agholor has made major improvements.
The Philly defense has torn apart opposing offenses. Philly has allowed a league-best 66.4 rush yards per game. They also rank 11th in total yards allowed per game (315.9).
Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (4.5 sacks) and Brandon Graham (5 sacks) have been terrific this season as they continue to wreak havoc versus opposing o-lines.
The NFC isn’t loaded with great teams in 2017 and Philly looks like a team on a mission.
Carson Wentz has great poise. He does the job even though it doesn’t always look pretty.
There are similar comparisons between Wentz’s second year and Ben Roethlisberger’s second year in the NFL. Big Ben had 17 touchdowns and 9 picks with 2,385 passing yards. Pittsburgh ranked 5th in total rushing yards and Ben was only sacked 23 times that year.
Philly’s offense is currently 3rd in rush yards per game. Their defense, as previously mentioned, has been able to force teams in very sticky circumstances. Opposing defenses have sacked Wentz 23 times in 2017. The O-line will have to find a small spark during the postseason.
The Philadelphia Eagles are soaring through the NFC sky in 2017 and behind great team football they can make a strong push for a Super Bowl berth, but they have to stay out of their own way as the moments get tougher.