NFL: Philadelphia Eagles look ahead without Carson Wentz
On Sunday afternoon the Philadelphia Eagles celebrated a crucial road victory and their first division title since 2013. However, news of Carson Wentz’s possible ACL injury was at the forefront of everyone’s minds. Monday those fears were realized after an MRI revealed a torn-ACL, ending the QBs season. The Philadelphia Eagles must now look ahead without Carson Wentz.
The ‘next man up’ for the Philadelphia Eagles will be veteran Nick Foles. Ironically Foles was on the ’03 Eagles and posted the best QB rating in team history (119.2). That season he had to answer the call when Michael Vick was injured. Foles guided the Eagles to the NFC East title. Now he aims to secure Home-field advantage for the birds and hopes that the supporting cast around him can lead this team to Minnesota.
That supporting cast has proved to be able to carry the load. The Eagles have a team that has proven to be able to beat you in a variety of ways. RB LeGarrette Blount, Jay Ajayi, and Corey Clement combine to be one of the best backfields in the NFL. The arrival of WR Alshon Jeffery and resurgence of Nelson Agholor along with TE Zach Ertz will provide Foles plenty of weapons. As good as the offense has been, the defense may have been more impressive. Led by DT Fletcher Cox the defense is the best against the run. Allowing only 71 yards per game the Eagles force teams to be one dimensional and can create turnovers off obvious pass situations.
All that will allow some hope to creep back into your body, but the stark reality is that this is ’03/04 season all over again. That year the Eagles were 13-1 when superstar WR Terrell Owens broke his leg. The birds persevered to get to Super Bowl 39 where a half broken T.O. taped himself together to catch 9 passes for 122 yards. Even that super-human effort couldn’t clinch the first Super Bowl victory; The Patriots won 24-21. The road to Minnesota will be a tough road, with the addition of a possible Aaron Rodgers return. A number one seed would go a long way towards an NFC title. However, in the case of Wentz’s injury, the chances are not great.