The 2019 Philadelphia Eagles could have a great year, if injury-prone quarterback Carson Wentz can stay healthy.
Nick Foles, who was the Super Bowl hero in 2017 after stepping up in a big way to replace an injured Wentz, is now a Jacksonville Jaguar, meaning that the Eagles really need their starter to last the entire season. They certainly expect him to. Wentz signed a four-year contract extension in June worth $128 million including $107.9 million in guarantees.
The 2018 season was marred by inconsistency for the Philly team, going 30th against the pass in the league. The Eagles allowed the 12th fewest points in the NFL but were 23rd in total yards allowed.
Philadelphia Eagles Acquisitions and Moves
There were some big moves for the Eagles this offseason, with some major players headed out of town, and some impressive new ones coming in. The biggest story was the predictable exit of Nick Foles, but the team also said goodbye to wide receiver Golden Tate, receiver Jordan Matthews, and linebackers Jordan Hicks and D.J. Alexander.
Wentz got a few solid weapons in the offseason, getting DeSean Jackson from the Bucs and Jordan Howard from the Bears, who should make a big impact at the running back position. The Eagles then made moves to give them an unstoppable pair of tackles, signing Fletcher Cox and former Jacksonville tackle Malik Jackson.
In this year’s draft, Philly traded a mid-round pick and a late-round pick to the Ravens to move up the line and get OL Andre Dillard. Next they picked up Penn State running back Miles Sanders. A later pick, Stanford wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside, wasn’t making waves early on before the draft, but is now considered one the Eagles’ best picks this season.
Philadelphia Eagles 2019 NFL Schedule
The Eagles have an interesting schedule to look forward to. Two matchups with the Dallas Cowboys, road games against the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings, and what could be a thriller at home against the New England Patriots.
In terms of strength of schedule, the Eagles are ranked at 26th, with their opponents’ combined 2018 record at 121-133-2, and their opponent’s combined win percentage in 2018 a .477. Here’s their 2019 schedule:
Sunday, September 8 Washington Redskins 1:00pm
Sunday, September 15 at Atlanta Falcons 8:20pm
Sunday, September 22 Detroit Lions 1:00pm
Thursday, September 26 at Green Bay Packers 8:20pm
Sunday, October 6 New York Jets 1:00pm
Sunday, October 13 at Minnesota Vikings 1:00pm
Sunday, October 20 at Dallas Cowboys 8:20pm
Sunday, October 27 at Buffalo Bills 1:00pm
Sunday, November 3 Chicago Bears 1:00pm
Sunday, November 10 BYE
Sunday, November 17 New England Patriots 4:25pm
Sunday, November 24 Seattle Seahawks 8:20pm
Sunday, December 1 at Miami Dolphins 1:00pm
Monday, December 9 New York Giants 8:15pm
Sunday, December 15 at Washington Redskins 1:00pm
Sunday, December 22 Dallas Cowboys 4:25pm
Sunday, December 29 at New York Giants 1:00pm
Philadelphia Eagles NFL 2019 Odds
The NFC East is will very likely be dominated by both the Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys. Oddsmakers at Sports Interaction think the 2019 Philadelphia Eagles have a good chance of making the playoffs this season, pricing them at -208. They’re also the +100 favorites to win the NFC East, ahead of the Cowboys, Redskins and Giants. As of this writing, the Eagles have been listed at +1400 to win the Lombardi trophy.
Philadelphia Eagles NFL Prediction
The Eagles have all the ingredients necessary to be one of the best teams in their conference, IF (and that’s a big if) Carson Wentz stays healthy. If he does, don’t be surprised to see the team go 12-4 and possibly contend for the NFC East crown.