2021 Season Preview: The Eagles were one of the four NFC East teams that finished with a losing record in 2020. They may be the only one to finish under .500 in 2021, mostly because their division rivals have all made big improvements—while the Eagles plan to rebuild. Is Jalen Hurts the quarterback of the future in Philly? That will be the great debate this year. Is the defense, led by Fletcher Cox, a bit too slow to win close games? Probably. But the Eagles have a ton of draft picks stored up to get the impact players they need down the road.
2020 Season Roundup: An up-and-down season by quarterback Carson Wentz put the Eagles in a tough spot. Do they stick with their veteran or give rookie Jalen Hurts a chance? There were no clear answers in a 4–11 season. Philadelphia’s defense kept the club in games thanks to a line starring veterans Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham.
2020 Season Preview: No team in the NFL is as tough as the Eagles when it comes to playing the line. What happens behind the line—on both offense and defense—is where they have problems to solve. The Philly pass defenders have to get a lot better, while quarterback Carson Wentz needs to be more consistent from week to week. Wentz’s receivers suffered many injuries in 2019, so Eagles fans are hoping that they return to health in 2020. The defense has added several quick playmakers, including cornerback Darius Slay and rookie Davion Taylor.
January 3, 2020: Center Jack Kelce was named to the 2019 All-Pro team. His younger brother, Travis Kelce of the Chiefs, was also named a 2019 All-Pro.
2019 Season Roundup: The Eagles looked like flightless birds when they were 5–7 after 12 games. But they took wing and won their final four to take the NFC East crown. Carson Wentz returned to health for Philadelphia and threw for over 4,000 yards, and tight end Zach Ertz caught 88 passes. Wentz was injured in their playoff game against the Seahawks, but 40-year-old substitute QB Josh McCown almost pulled off a miracle in his place before Seattle seized control and won the game.
2019 Season Preview: Super sub Nick Foles is gone, meaning Carson Wentz must stay healthy for the Eagles to make another run to the Super Bowl. DeSean Jackson’s return to Philly gives the offense a boost, as does tight end Zack Ertz, who will be trying to have another 1,000-yard season. None of these things matter if the defense does not get the job done. It did last year and probably will again.
2018 Season Roundup: The Eagles were without quarterback Carson Wentz for most of the season, but Nick Foles came to their rescue again. Foles guided Philadelphia into the playoffs and beat the Bears in the opening round, 16–15. His magic finally ran out against the Saints a week later. The Eagles were lucky to make the playoffs at all. They lost all of their top running backs to injury and had to won five of their last six gams to qualify. Among the team’s stars were Zach Ertz, who caught 116 passes, and Fletcher Cox, who had 10.5 sacks.
2018 Season Preview: Nick Foles may have been the hero of the Super Bowl, but Carson Wentz is the team’s #1 quarterback heading into 2018. By season’s end, he might be the NFC’s #1 quarterback. That could depend on how his receivers do; Mike Wallace is the best of a so-so group. The defense depends on a superb front four against both the run and the pass. Behind them is a solid group of linebackers, cornerbacks and safeties.
2017 Season Roundup: The Eagles defeated the Patriots in Super Bowl LII, 41–33. It was the first Super Bowl victory for Philadelphia, and the team’s first league championship since 1960. Quarterback Nick Foles, who replaced injured starter Carson Wentz during the season, was named Super Bowl MVP.
2017 Season Preview: Eagles fans hope 2017 is the coming-out party for their young quarterback, Carson Wentz. He has more targets to throw to this year than last, but his linemen need to stay healthy for him to have a big year. Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham lead the defense.
2016 Season Roundup: The Eagles started and finished strong in 2016, but in Weeks 5 through 15 they only won twice. Six of the team’s nine losses went down to the wire, however, so it was an exciting season even though the team’s record was disappointing. Philadelphia’s standouts included running back Darren Sproles and offensive linemen Jason Keice and Jason Peters. Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox led a very good defensive line.
2016 Season Preview: The Eagles handed the starting QB job to Carson Wentz in training camp, so they will succeed or fail on his talented right arm. He’ll need help from his runners and receivers, who fell short of expectations in 2015. The Philadelphia defense is led by a solid front four and new talent in the secondary.
2015 Season Preview: Newcomers Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray give the Eagles a chance to score a lot of points if both stay healthy. Trades and free agents signings during the off-season should improve the team’s defense.
September 21, 2014: The Eagles scored their third straight comeback victory to become the first team to start the year 3–0 after trailing each game by 10 or more points.will determine which way Philadelphia wins.
September 1, 2014: Quarterback Nick Foles and running back LeSean McCoy will be working behind a rock-solid front line in 2014, giving the Eagles the luxury of wearing down opponents over the course of 60 minutes, or blowing them away in the first quarter. The performance of the defense will determine which way Philadelphia wins.
December 8, 2013: LeSean McCoy ran for 217 yards against the Detroit Lions to set a new team record. The old one belonged to Steve Van Buren, and had lasted for 64 seasons. McCoy ended up as the NFL leader for 2013 with 1,607 yards.
November 24, 2013: After taking over for injured Michael Vick, Nick Foles finished the month of November with a Quarterback Rating of 152.8. That was the highest QB Rating for a month since the league began keeping the statistic.
November 3, 2013: Nick Foles subbed in for injured Michael Vick and threw 7 touchdown passes against the Raiders. Foles’s 7 scoring passes tied a record shared by Peyton Manning, Sid Luckman, Joe Kapp, George Blanda, Y.A. Tittle and fellow Eagle Adrian Burk.
September 19, 2013: LeSean McCoy scored on a 41-yard touchdown run during the fourth quarter of Philadelphia’s game against the Chiefs. It was the fifth time in his career that he had scored on a 40-yard run in the final quarter of a game—setting a new NFL record.
September 4, 2013: New coach Chip Kelly will focus more on the passing, which actually should open things up for runners LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown. Gigantic rookie tackle Lane Johnson is expected to become the star of an offensive line that welcomes back dynamic Jason Peters. No one doubts the Eagles will be able to put points on the board in 2013. Can they keep them off? That will depend on a group of attacking linebackers and their new defensive coordinator, Billy Davis.
February 2, 2013: After a promising 3–1 start, the Eagles managed just one more victory in 2012. That poor performance cost Andy Reid his job after 14 years as Philadelphia’s head coach. Injuries hurt the club, but so did Michael Vick 20-plus fumbles and interceptions. Nick Foles was the starting quarterback by season’s end.
Summer, 2012: The Eagles might have the best defense in the NFC after adding superstar DeMeco Ryans and using their first three draft picks on linebackers and defensive linemen. If Michael Vick can stay healthy, the Eagles have an excellent chance to reclaim the NFC East crown in 2012.