The NFC East is an interesting division to say the least, and the Philadelphia Eagles have come out on top of it for the second time in three years. The Eagles struggled with poor defensive play and and inconsistency from skill players, but has continued to come through with late-season magic.
This season was big because Carson Wentz didn’t have Nick Foles backing him up. Wentz put together a complete season, throwing for a career-high 4,039 yards with 27 touchdowns. He did this in a year where his receiving corps was riddled with injuries, so there’s a lot to look forward to. It was somehow fitting the season ended with Carson Wentz suffering his own injury. Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney concussed Wentz with a helmet-to-helmet hit in the first half of their Wild Card matchup. Wentz was lost for the game and Josh McCown finished out the eventual loss.
The glaring issue everybody new the Eagles needed to address at the start of 2019 was the weakness of the secondary. Philadelphia easily had some of the worst pass coverage in the NFL throughout the first couple weeks of the season. The masses clamored for the team to put together a deal for big names like Minkah Fitzpatrick and Jalen Ramsey, but nothing got done. The Eagles straightened up their act since then, but the teamstill needs to make some major upgrades at cornerback and safety.
Philadelphia also needs to add more sure hands to its receiving corps. Dropped passes in critical moments took the Eagles out of a few games this year, and the extended absence of DeSean Jackson made it evident that a good portion of the team’s wideouts were questionable when trying to track and catch the long ball. Wentz needs consistency from players that aren’t his two tight ends — Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert.
The 2019 NFL season is coming to a close and while the playoffs are just arriving, it’s time to start looking ahead to 2020. We won’t know the full regular season schedule until April, but even with the 2019 season not finished, we know each team’s list of opponents. The NFL has a formula they use to determine opponents, with divisions and conferences rotating each year.
The Eagles face their divisional opponents a total of six times. The NFC East faces the NFC West, which adds four more opponents. The NFC East faces the AFC North, which adds four more opponents. The final two opponents are the teams that finish in the same standing position in the NFC South and NFC North.