Predicting the Philadelphia Eagles’ Season Game-by-Game

Posted: September 1, 2014 in Uncategorized
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SkoodSports, with the assistance of the always entertaining WhatifSports.com simulation engine, has predicted the entire regular season slate of the 2014 Philadelphia Eagles. Will LeSean McCoy and Nick Foles lead Philadelphia to their second consecutive division title? Or, will the strain of a more difficult schedule be the team’s downfall? Read it and weep, and stay tuned for SkoodSports’ full NFL Predictions coming soon.

Week 1: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars – W, 41-22
The Eagles jump out to a 41-0 lead after three quarters behind 84 rushing yards from LeSean McCoy and a sparkling 23-27, 281, 3 TD performance by QB Nick Foles. The backups allow Jacksonville to score some mercy points in the fourth. But, it’s a brilliant beginning to Chip Kelly’s second season with the club. Record: 1-0

Week 2: @ Indianapolis Colts – L 23-27
A 10-7 halftime lead for the Eagles goes by the wayside when Andrew Luck connects with Coby Fleener on an 8-yard touchdown strike with 0:21 seconds left in regulation. Indianapolis takes a 27-23 lead and wins by that margin. Record: 1-1

Week 3: vs. Washington Redskins – W, 26-18
RB LeSean McCoy eclipses the 100-yard mark on the ground for the first time this season as he and the Eagles overcome the return of DeSean Jackson in a 26-18 win. “Shady” gallops for 126 yards and Darren Sproles adds 60 and a touchdown on the ground in the win. Jackson manages just 2 receptions for 51 yards in defeat as Washington falls to 1-2. Record: 2-1

Week 4: @ San Francisco 49ers – W, 30-21
The Eagles overcome a 21-20 deficit heading into the fourth quarter. Cody Parkey’s 21-yard field goal with 3:13 to go gave Philadelphia the lead. After San Francisco turned the ball over on downs, McCoy stuck the dagger into the 49ers’ faithful with a 15-yard scoring strike to seal the road victory. It’s the Eagles’ 5th consecutive victory in San Francisco dating back to 2001. Record: 3-1

Week 5: vs. St. Louis Rams – W, 23-10
The Eagles’ much maligned pass defense limits St. Louis’ Shaun Hill to just 85 passing yards in a two touchdown win. WR Jeremy Maclin catches his second touchdown of the season and McCoy rushes for 125-yards and a score as the Eagles improve to 4-1. Record: 4-1

Week 6: vs. New York Giants – L, 22-23
The Eagles suffer a bitter home defeat at the hands of their rivals from up I-95. K Josh Brown sinks Philadelphia’s hopes with a 36-yard field goal as time expired. Philadelphia led by 5 with less than six minutes left after a Darren Sproles 44-yard touchdown run. But, the Philadelphia offense was unable to stay on the field and run out the clock as two Brown chip shots in the final five minutes gave New York a critical divisional win. Philadelphia heads into their bye week at 4-2 with a matchup against Arizona looming. Record: 4-2

Week 8: @ Arizona Cardinals – W, 31-17
The Eagles overcame a 17-7 second quarter deficit and took the reigns over a dominant second half en route to victory in Glendale. Trailing 17-14 with 2 minutes left in the first half, Eagles’ RB Darren Sproles returned an Arizona punt 69 yards to the house to give Philadelphia a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. LeSean McCoy added a rushing and receiving touchdown as Philadelphia moved to 3-0 against the NFC West. Record: 5-2

Week 9: @ Houston Texans – L 21-28
The Eagles let a disappointing one slip through their fingers. Leading 21-20 with less than two minutes left, Eagles CB Cary Williams is beat deep by WR DeAndre Hopkins, who reels in a pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick for a 69-yard game winning score. Nick Foles was intercepted for the 8th time this season, quadrupuling his total from a year ago. Record: 5-3

Week 10: vs. Carolina Panthers – W, 23-20
Monday night brings out the best in Cody Parkey. The rookie kicker hits on 3 of 4 field goal attempts, including a game winning 49-yard try as the Eagles slay the Panthers, 23-20. RB Darren Sproles highlights the victory with a 62-yard run that set up one of Parkey’s field goals. Riley Cooper scored on a two-yard strike from Foles early in the fourth to give Philadelphia their first lead. Record: 6-3

Week 11: @ Green Bay Packers – W, 27-24
Heavy underdogs despite their 6-3 record, Philadelphia rides LeSean McCoy’s 285 all purpose yards to a 3-point road victory over the 7-2 Green Bay Packers. McCoy led the team in both rushing (177 yards, 2 TD) and receiving (78 yards) in the win. Cedric Thornton had 2 of the team’s 4 sacks of QB Aaron Rodgers. Record: 7-3

Week 12: vs. Tennessee Titans – L, 20-41
Philadelphia suffers their worst loss of the season, getting outscored 24-10 in the first half en route to a three touchdown blowout against lowly 3-6 Tennessee. For the first time this season, Philadelphia was outgained on the ground (223 to 100) as rookie Bishop Sankey eclipsed the century mark for Tennessee. Nick Foles struggled, throwing two interceptions in the loss. Pundits suggest Philadelphia was looking past this matchup in anticipation of their first Thanksgiving day battle with Dallas since 1991. Record: 7-4

Week 13: @ Dallas Cowboys – L, 30-35
It doesn’t get much better for the Philadelphia defense, who allows 4 touchdown passes by Tony Romo in a Turkey Day loss to Dallas. Shady McCoy had a holiday to remember, rushing 20 times for 171 yards and Jordan Matthews’ career long 78-yard touchdown reception brought the Eagles back into the game late. But, the defense was a disappointment again as Philadelphia falls to 7-5. Record: 7-5

Week 14: vs. Seattle Seahawks – W, 23-20
Coming off of back-to-back losses in which their defense was exposed, few gave Philadelphia a chance against the reigning Super Bowl champions. But, playing at home certainly aided Philadelphia, who rushed LeSean McCoy 21 times for 104 yards and two scores in the victory. Foles continued to struggle, as the veteran QB completed just 12 passes and was intercepted by LB Bobby Wagner. But, the defense stood tall, limiting Seattle to just 3 second half points. Cody Parkey’s 39-yard field goal with 4:23 left won the Eagles their 8th game of the season. Record: 8-5

Week 15: vs. Dallas Cowboys – W, 35-17
In a light December snow at Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles got revenge for their Thanksgiving defeat two weeks prior by obliterating Dallas in the second and third quarters en route to victory. Trailing 3-0 after one, Philadelphia would reel of 35 unanswered points in the middle-portion of the game. Foles had his finest performance in over a month, tossing 3 touchdowns, including a 72-yard strike to Jeremy Maclin that put Philadelphia up 28-3 just :28 seconds into the second half. The win moves Philadelphia a victory against Washington from capturing their second consecutive NFC East title. Record: 9-5

Week 16: @ Washington Redskins – L, 10-20
Nick Foles disappoints again, throwing two interceptions as the Eagles’ division championship celebration is put on hold. Philadelphia led 10-3 after one half but were unable to do much of anything after they entered the locker room. DeSean Jackson finally got some revenge, scoring a 5-yard touchdown to put Washington ahead for good in the fourth quarter. The Eagles will need either a win against New York or a Dallas loss to Washington next week to clinch the NFC East. Record: 9-6

Week 17: @ New York Giants – W, 31-10
In a game that would define the Eagles’ season, Philadelphia ran all over New York en route to their second consecutive division title. Shady McCoy’s 123 yards and 2 scores set the table, and Nick Foles’ 8-yard touchdown strike to Zach Ertz in the fourth quarter ended all hopes of a New York comeback. At 10-6, Philadelphia clinches the division. Dallas fell to Washington 24-21 to finish in second place at 8-8. Record: 10-6

Well, there you have it. Philadelphia concludes their season 10-6 and on top of the NFC East yet again. Surprisingly, the Eagles do not dominate their division, finishing 3-3 against the NFC East. But, their shocking 4-0 record against the vaunted NFC West is what propels them to a playoff berth. The Eagles had a tendency to play up or down to the skill level of their competition, which could be seen as a positive heading into the playoffs.

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What to Expect

RB LeSean McCoy will once again eclipse 1,300 yards on the ground. Though, his receiving totals could take a dip due to the addition of Darren Sproles, who will combine with tight end Zach Ertz to easily replace the production of the departed Jackson.

QB Nick Foles does not replicate his historic statistical 2013 campaign. Though, the former Arizona Wildcat will throw for 29 touchdowns to just 14 interceptions, making the Pro Bowl for the second straight season.

Expect Brandon Graham to finally emerge as a threat on defense. The 2010 first round pick will record 8 sacks. Though, that will come in second on the team to pass rush specialist Vinny Curry, who will finish with 10.

Brandon Boykin will continue his ascent to the top of the Philadelphia depth chart, as he will begin covering the opponents’ best targets by midseason. Another player to keep an eye on is Nolan Carroll II, who is forced into a starting role due to injuries to Bradley Fletcher.

Cody Parkey quickly makes Eagles fans forget about Alex Henery. The rookie kicker out of Auburn connects on a 51-yard field goal in week one to the crowd’s delight. He finishes 24-30 for the season with 5 successful boots of 49-or-more yards.

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