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Eagles’ season could go something like this

Posted by Eric Fisher On September 7

The NFL is a serious business. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun.

The Eagles open the 2017 regular season Sunday (1 p.m.) at Washington. The season ends on Sun., Dec. 31 against the Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field.

Will Eagles fans be popping champagne corks in celebration on New Year’s Eve or drowning in their beer? Nobody truly knows. The uncertainty is part of the fun of watching sports.

I won’t claim to know exactly what’s going to happen … but the 2017 season could go something like this:

Sun., Sept. 10: Eagles at Redskins

Carson Wentz throws for 322 yards and three touchdowns, but the Eagles have to stave off a late Redskins comeback because they are unable to run the clock down with their running game. Ronald Darby intercepts Kirk Cousins’ potential game-winning pass as time expires to preserve the victory, snapping the Eagles’ five-game losing streak against the Redskins and a seven-game road losing streak. Eagles 27, Redskins 23

Andy Reid-ChiefsSun., Sept. 17: Eagles at Chiefs

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid (left) botches the use of his timeouts at the end of the first half, but Eagles head coach Doug Pederson makes poor time management decisions at the end of the second half, costing the Eagles an opportunity for victory. LeGarrette Blount carries six times for 9 yards. Nelson Agholor catches two passes and drops two passes. After the game, Reid and Pederson defend each other’s use of timeouts. Reid cuts his news conference short after being asked if Pederson is qualified to be an NFL head coach. Chiefs 19, Eagles 14

Sun., Sept. 24: Giants at Eagles

Eli Manning throws three touchdown passes, but he also throws three interceptions as the Eagles apply relentless pressure. First-round pick Derek Barnett registers two sacks. Carson Wentz throws for two touchdowns, both to Alshon Jeffery, but the big play is Darren Sproles’ punt return for a touchdown. Eagles 30, Giants 25

Sun., Oct. 1: Eagles at Chargers

Carson Wentz throws for 345 yards and four touchdowns, including one each to Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, who catches 76-yard bomb on the first play from scrimmage. Wendell Smallwood rushes for 108 yards. The Eagles defense forces four turnovers, with defensive end Brandon Graham forcing a fumble and intercepting a screen pass. Nick Foles enters the game in the fourth quarter, but he does not throw a pass, fueling speculation that his right elbow is still sore. Eagles 37, Chargers 24

Sun., Oct. 8: Cardinals at Eagles

The Eagles catch a break because Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer tears the MCL in his right knee while celebrating a touchdown pass the previous week against the 49ers. Defensive tackle Tim Jernigan knocks backup quarterback Drew Stanton out of the game late in the first quarter with a hard hit to the jaw. Blaine Gabbert enters the game and hands the ball off a lot to David Johnson. Mychal Kendricks’ seals the victory by returning an interception for a touchdown. Eagles 27, Cardinals 16

Thurs., Oct. 12: Eagles at Panthers

Carson Wentz leaves the game during the second half due to bruised ribs, caused by a hard hit by linebacker Luke Kuechly. Head coach Doug Pederson becomes extremely conservative, running the ball consistently and, despite the fact that the Eagles were trailing, not having Nick Foles throw a pass deeper than 10 yards, adding fuel to the fire in terms of rumors that Foles’ elbow still is bothering him. LeGarrette Blount rushes eight times for 14 yards. Panthers 23, Eagles 14

Mon., Oct. 23: Redskins at Eagles

After weeks of speculation that the Eagles would sign a quarterback, with Colin Kaepernick’s name appearing in rumors, Carson Wentz starts the game wearing a flak jacket. The Eagles are forced to settle for a field goal late in the fourth quarter when Doug Pederson calls for a quarterback sneak on third-and-goal from the 1-yard line instead of handing the ball to LeGarrette Blount. On the Redskins’ next possession, Kirk Cousins connects with Terrelle Pryor for the winning touchdown. Pederson insists after the game that there is nothing physically wrong with Blount, who led the NFL in rushing touchdowns last season. NFL analyst and former NFL executive Mike Lombardi receives 42 media requests to speak about Pederson following this game. Redskins 27, Eagles 26

Eagles-Foles1Sun., Oct. 29: 49ers at Eagles

With a short week following the Monday night game, the Eagles hold Carson Wentz out of this game. The Eagles sign Matt McGloin to fill his roster spot. LeGarrette Blount runs for two touchdowns and Nelson Agholor catches his first touchdown pass of the season. Nick Foles (left) completes an efficient 15 of 18 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns. Head coach Doug Pederson says that, just like he told the media, there’s nothing physically wrong with Blount. Eagles 34, 49ers 13

Sun., Nov. 5: Broncos at Eagles

Carson Wentz tries to play with a flak jacket again, but he is knocked out of the game in the second quarter after Von Miller races by left tackle Jason Peters and delivers a crushing blow to Wentz’s ribs. The Eagles respond on the next series, with defensive tackle Fletcher Cox squashing Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian. Nick Foles helps the Eagles take the lead midway through the fourth quarter with a quarterback sneak. The Broncos are within field-goal range when backup quarterback Brock Osweiler is intercepted by linebacker Jordan Hicks. Eagles 24, Broncos 23

Bye Week

WIP is inundated with callers who think that Foles should start in the next game against the Cowboys, even if Carson Wentz is healthy.

Sun., Nov. 19: Eagles at Cowboys

With an extra week to heal, Carson Wentz plays the entire game. After an ineffective first half, Wentz discards the flak jacket. He finds tight end Zach Ertz for a pair of touchdown passes, but Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee recovers a Donnel Pumphrey fumble, setting up Dan Bailey’s game-winning 52-yard field goal. NFL analyst and former NFL executive Mike Lombardi question why Pumphrey was handling the football during the fourth quarter of a critical game. Cowboys 27, Eagles 24

Sun., Nov. 26: Bears at Eagles

Alshon Jeffery celebrates his return to Chicago with a pair of touchdown catches. Carson Wentz completes 26 of 31 passes for 337 yards and two touchdowns.  Defensive end Chris Long forces a fumble, which rookie defensive end Derek Barnett, who replaced Vinny Curry in the starting lineup for the first time, scoops up and carries into the end zone for his first NFL score. When asked if his job would have been in jeopardy if the Eagles had lost to the Bears, Doug Pederson responds that he doesn’t think about things like that. He’s focused solely on football, which means he’s thinking about the Seahawks. Eagles 37, Bears 16

Sun., Dec. 3: Eagles at Seahawks

Russell Wilson runs for one touchdown and throws for another. Carson Wentz shaken up after linebacker Bobby Wagner crunches him on blitz. Wentz only misses one series. Nick Foles handed off three times during his lone series, touching off more speculation that Foles has a sore elbow. Former Eagles first-round draft pick Marcus Smith, now with the Seahawks, claims he would have started for the Eagles if they had given him the same opportunity they’ve given to Derek Barnett. Richard Sherman limits Alshon Jeffery to one reception. LeGarrette Blount carries five times for 17 yards. Caleb Sturgis kicks four field goals. Seahawks 23, Eagles 19

Sun., Dec. 10: Eagles at Rams

The quarterback matchup between Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, the top two players selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, receives a lot of attention before and during the game. Executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman says the Eagles would have selected Wentz with the top pick in the draft, so the Eagles weren’t hurt by the Rams selection of Goff first overall. First-round pick Derek Barnett registers two sacks.  Eagles 36, Rams 20

EliManningSun., Dec. 17: Giants at Eagles

Eli Manning (left) roasts the Eagles secondary with four touchdown passes as the Giants avenge their defeat earlier in the season. Darren Sproles returns a punt for a touchdown, his second touchdown return this season, both of which were against the Giants. Safety Malcolm Jenkins says he won’t protest during the National Anthem on Christmas. Giants 33, Eagles 24

Mon., Dec. 25: Raiders at Eagles

 Carson Wentz outplays Raiders quarterback Derek Carr down the stretch, connecting with Alshon Jeffery for the winning touchdown in the final minute of regulation. Wentz is magnificent, completing 28 of 35 passes for 344 yards and two touchdowns. Dave Spadaro write a column on the Eagles’ Web site stating that Eagles 27, Raiders 21

Sun., Dec. 31: Cowboys at Eagles

With the NFC East title and a playoff berth on the line, Ezekiel Elliott carries 23 times for 129 yards, helping the Cowboys return to the playoffs while denying the Eagles a postseason berth. Dak Prescott completes 15 of 23 passes for 187 yards and runs five times for 62 yards. National loudmouth Skip Bayless proclaims that not only did Prescott prove he’s the best young quarterback in the league, but he’s also the third-best quarterback in the NFL, behind only Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. NFL analyst and former NFL executive Mike Lombardi says the Eagles would have made the playoffs with a better head coach. Cowboys 23, Eagles 19

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