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5 things that could go right/wrong for Eagles

Posted by Eric Fisher On September 9

The difference between 9-7 and 7-9 isn’t that great. Many games hinge on one or two key plays. For example, if Tom Brady’s apparent touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski hadn’t been overturned by replay, or if the Patriots had gained a first down on fourth-and-1 at the 10-yard line Thursday night, the Patriots would have had an early 14-0 lead, which would have deflated the Chiefs and given them a larger hole to climb out of in order to achieve victory.

The line between victory and defeat, and success and failure, is often very thin. The line may be even thinner for the Eagles than for most teams.

The following are five things which could determine the Eagles’ success.

5 things that could go right

1. Carson Wentz continues to take steps toward becoming an elite quarterback.

2. The running back-by-committee approach works, keeping veterans Darren Sproles and LeGarrette Blount from wearing down while they form an effective three-headed monster with Wendell Smallwood.

3. Ronald Darby proves to be a significant upgrade at cornerback, making the entire secondary much better.

4. Alshon Jeffery’s presence improves the entire passing attack.

5. Head coach Doug Pederson makes better decisions during games.

5 things that could go wrong

1. Carson Wentz endures a sophomore slump and doesn’t improve much over last season.

2. The running back-by-committee approach is evidence that the Eagles don’t have a No. 1 running back. Veterans Darren Sproles and LeGarrette Blount have slowed down, and Wendell Smallwood can’t find a rhythm due to injuries and sharing time with Sproles and Blount.

3. Ronald Darby’s presence isn’t enough to overcome deficiencies at the other cornerback spots, and the Eagles don’t have any cornerbacks capable of handling big receivers.

4. Alshon Jeffery battles injuries, leaving the Eagles’ receiving corps – without Jordan Matthews – no better than last season.

5. Head coach Doug Pederson continues to make puzzling play-calls and strategy decisions that cost the Eagles a victory or two.



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