Whether you're a Dallas, Washington or maybe even a Giants fan, you know exactly what kind of excitement is taking place in Philadelphia right now. You might like it due to the fact that it could cause a lot of confusion in Philly. Although chances are you hate it because it threatens your team and symbolizes a change in the city of brotherly love.
A lot of analysts are making their reasonable predictions on what will happen for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013. Some of their predictions could come true, some are reasonable, a few are very unlikely and others were pulled out of you know where.. Well erase all of them off the whiteboard because I am here to tell you exactly what will happen this season for the Philadelphia Eagles.
I've been bleeding green since the day I was born and just like every other fan in this world, I always have a bit of a bias opinion. Luckily right now I am clearing all of them bias opinions from my head, so you don't think to yourself "wow what a retard, he's only saying all of this because he's an Eagles fan". That being said here is what the Philadelphia Eagles schedule looks like & what I predict the outcomes to look like.
Week 1 @ Washington Redskins (Eagles win +14)
Week 2 vs San Diego Chargers (Eagles win +10)
Week 3 vs Kansas City Chiefs (Eagles lose -3)
Week 4 @ Denver Broncos (Eagles lose -17)
Week 5 @ New York Giants (Eagles win +7)
Week 6 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Eagles win +3)
Week 7 vs Dallas Cowboys (Eagles win +20)
Week 8 vs New York Giants (Eagles lose -10)
Week 9 @ Oakland Raiders (Eagles win +15)
Week 10 @ Green Bay Packers (Eagles win +1)
Week 11 vs Washington Redskins (Eagles win +17)
Week 12- BYE WEEK
Week 13 vs Arizona Cardinals (Eagles win +10)
Week 14 vs Detroit Lions (Eagles win +2)
Week 15 @ Minnesota Vikings (Eagles win +13)
Week 16 vs Chicago Bears (Eagles lose -3)
Week 17 @ Dallas Cowboys (Eagles lose -10)
You might be thinking to yourself "I can't believe what I'm seeing" or you might be thinking "that actually has the potential of happening". That's okay though, every person is an entitled to a prediction.
The Eagles finish their first season under new Head Coach Chip Kelly with an 11-5 record and bring home the NFC East division title to Philadelphia. None of us as of right now have any idea what kind of Head Coach Chip Kelly will be in the NFL. If you like watching the Eagles play regardless if you're a fan or not you are hoping that he has much success and he brings an entire new style of football to the NFL. On the other hand, if you hate the Eagles with every little bone in your body you are praying he has set himself up for nothing but failure. As time goes on we will see how this miraculous story plays out.
With an 11-5 record & a division crown their season can't stop there though? As of right now I'm not too interested in thinking about playoffs. Just like Jim Mora said "Playoffs? Don't talk about playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs? I just hope we can win a game". Well Jim I'm with you on that one buddy.
I'll leave it up to you to make an ending to my storybook season. That is, as long as you're not a fan of Dallas, Washington or New York of course.
1984, a year that every single Running Back in the NFL will always keep in the back of their minds. Eric Dickerson rushed for over 100 yards in 12 different game that season. In addition, he had 2 games in which he rushed for over 200 yards. Those performances, along with the other 4 games where he failed to break 100 yards, gave Dickerson the NFL record for most rushing yards in a single season. That amount being 2,105.
Until last season, myself and many other fans around the world believed that Dickerson's record was unbreakable. Adrian Peterson had it in his mind set to prove us otherwise. During Peterson's first 2 seasons as a Minnesota Viking, I remember sitting on my couch screaming at the television "WHY ON EARTH DO YOU HAVE TO FUMBLE ADRIAN!" I personally believed that this young stud Running Back, who once rushed for 296 yards in one game against the San Diego Chargers his rookie season. Was not going to be anything more than a fumble prone, speed back with an unbelievable amount of potential.
I could not have been more wrong. In his first 3 years he fumbled a total of 20 times. Yes, you read that correctly, 20. That is unrealistic for a Running Back with that kind of potential. The potential to be one of the best Running Backs in the entire NFL. Thankfully those days are in the past and locked away for Adrian Peterson. Since then he has only fumbled 6 times within the past 3 season. He proved to me that he is no longer fumble prone.
Just because he isn't fumbling, doesn't mean he is as good as I'm making him out to be though right? Well his 2012 NFL season does the talking for that argument. If you followed Peterson's 2012 campaign you would know exactly what I'm talking about. When I mentioned Dickerson I certainly had a purpose of doing so.
When week 17 came about for Adrian Peterson in 2012 gearing up to play the Green Bay Packers didn't feel like any ordinary game. Peterson, the fans, the media, myself, & Green Bay knew that Adrian Peterson had a legitimate shot at breaking Eric Dickerson's 2,105 yard, Single Season Rushing Record.
Unfortunately when the whistle blew at the end of the 4th quarter I hung my head in sadness. Along with many other fans around the country and the entire city state of Minnesota. 9 yard, 9 short yard was all Adrian needed to claim the record. When the game ended I wasn't disappointed that he didn't break that record though. Of course I would have liked to see it happen. Unfortunately not everything turns out the way we want it to. There was a lot more being said than just number with this story.
Suffering from one of the most devastating injuries in 2011, Adrian Peterson's campaign was cut short that year. Some of us even believed that his game might not ever be what it used to be. Some Doctors believed he'd never play again. The only person on this earth that knew 100% Adrian had what it took to come back even stronger than he was before. Was Adrian Peterson himself.
He shocked me, he shocked you, he shocked your uncle, he shocked us all. Adrian showed everyone around the entire world that just because someone says you can't do something. Certainly does not mean you can't.
Will Peterson ever own Dickerson's record? I'm no psychic but I believe within the next 3 years when you search who owns the NFL Single Season Rushing Record. It will not be Dickerson's name up there. In fact it will be Adrian Peterson's.
Adrian Peterson has proved to the NFL and the world that all things are possible as long as you have faith in yourself. The next time you doubt yourself, I want you to think back to this article. Then you'll think; I can, you can, your Uncle can, and without any doubt Adrian can.
Matt Barkley, a recent stand out at USC (University of Southern California) has more than enough talent to become a starting quarterback in the NFL. The real question most of us NFL fans are asking is if the Philadelphia Eagles provide the right place for the young, talented quarterback.
With the 98th-overall pick — Round 4 of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Eagles selected Barkley. He threw for exactly 3,273 yards and 36 touchdowns as a senior at USC — his second-best season as a Trojan. During his junior year, he threw for over 3,500 yards and 40 touchdowns. After Barkley's junior year he decided to finish out his college career and not enter the 2012 NFL Draft. If he would have done so, the chances of him being on the Eagles roster would be slim to none.
There are a few quarterbacks that are currently competing with Barkley for the starting position. Those players include Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Dennis Dixon, & G.J Kinne. Lets be honest, you can count Kinne & Dixon out of the competition. Those two players are very unlikely to make the final roster come final cuts. Chip Kelly brought Dixon in due to the his familiarity with Kelly's Oregon offense while he was the head coach of the Ducks. Perhaps he has him there to mentor the other four.
The Eagles could possibly have three NFL starting quarterbacks on their roster. This includes Barkley himself.
If Barkley would have been selected by Minnesota, Jacksonville or Miami, would he be a starting Quarterback already? That question has an easy answer. Yes!
Since he has to compete against Vick (A running sensation) and Foles (A scrambler with a lot of promise in his arm) he may not be the starting quarterback of the Eagles for a few years.
If Barkley is given the chance to be the second-string quarterback, you will see Matt hit the field more than once this season. If he is a third-stringer you will not see him touch the field at all — unless luck is on his side. His chances of being a starting quarterback this season at the helm of the Philadelphia offense are very slim. If Vick and Foles do not have the season that Eagles fans want out of them, you will be hearing "Barkley" roaring from the stands of Lincoln Financial Field.
Lets leave it to Barkley to prove many of us fans wrong. His chances might be slim this season, but his chances of being an elite quarterback in the NFL are higher than most might think. He has a rocket arm with a very raw talent of being able to read a defense within the blink of an eye. With having those two skills, you could easily become a Matt Ryan or a Joe Flacco in this league. We will just have to leave it to Barkley.