10 Things We've Learned About the Philadelphia Eagles This Season

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10 Things We've Learned About the Philadelphia Eagles This Season
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The Philadelphia Eagles have opened the 2013-14 season 1-1 after a win against the Washington Redskins and a loss to the San Diego Chargers. Over the course of these two games, certain patterns have started to emerge.

Here is what we've learned about the team so far.

 

1. The Offense Simply Cannot Be Stopped 

Through two games, Chip Kelly's offense is everything we hoped it would be and much more. It's unstoppable. The Eagles scored 33 points against Washington and 30 against San Diego. 

Against Washington, they likely could have scored 50 had they been in a shootout that required their offense to keep putting up points.

Against San Diego, they racked up over 500 yards and 30 points despite an offense that really never clicked.

 

2. DeSean Jackson Is One of the Most Explosive Wide Receivers in the League 

For the first time since 2009, DeSean Jackson is one of the best wide receivers in the league. He's caught 16 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns this season. He hasn't dropped a single pass either.

If it's possible, he's actually played even better than his numbers. 

Against the Chargers, he was open on all five deep passes thrown to him. One was completed out of bounds, two were overthrown, one was a touchdown called back for a penalty and one was a touchdown.

If Jackson continues to play this well all season, the Eagles won't miss Jeremy Maclin nearly as much as they thought they would.

 

3. Michael Vick Is the Best Fit for the Eagles Offense

Through two games, Mike Vick has been clearly the best fit for the Eagles offense. He's been one of the top quarterbacks in the league, throwing for 631 yards and four touchdowns without an interception.

He leads the league in yards per completion and yards per attempt, he ranks third with a 119.0 passer rating, and he's led the Eagles to 61 points in two games.

 

4. Nate Allen Is the Latest Safety Bust on the Eagles

There's almost no hope for Nate Allen's career at this point. He's the latest in a line of recent safety busts to play for the Eagles. 

This season, he's allowed a 148.1 passer ratingThe former second-round pick is in serious danger of losing his starting job to rookie Earl Wolff.

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5. The Offensive Line Is Easily the Most Athletic in the League

Jason Peters is back from an Achilles injury and playing at a dominant level again. Evan Mathis is the best guard in the NFL. Jason Kelce is playing like a top-five center in the game. Todd Herremans is adequate at right guard. Lane Johnson has shown athleticism and potential at right tackle. 

 

6. Dave Fipp's Special Teams Units Are Everything We Hoped They Would Be

The special teams units for the Eagles have been a disaster for the past few years. It's been a total blessing this season.

Other than Alex Henery's missed field goal before halftime against San Diego, there have been no mistakes. The coverage is terrific, Damaris Johnson has excelled at returning kicks and Donnie Jones is consistently landing punts inside the opposition's 20-yard line. 

 

7. Billy Davis' Defense Is No Better Than Juan Castillo or Todd Bowles'

Through two games, Billy Davis' defense has been a major disappointment.

The Eagles allowed 27 points against RGIII and the Redskins, including 20 in the second half. They allowed 33 against the Chargers, including a game-winning drive in the final two minutes. 

 

8. The Defensive Line Is Far from the Productive Unit We Thought It Would Be

Veteran free-agent signing Isaac Sopoaga has been a bust thus far in the season. Clifton Geathers and Damion Square haven't shown much. Neither has Cedric Thornton. Bennie Logan has potential, but hasn't shown it yet. 

This could be a productive unit in a few seasons, or even by the end of the year, but it hasn't shown it yet. 

 

9. The Linebackers Are the Strength of the Defense

When is the last time that linebackers have been the strength of the defense for the Eagles?

With veterans Trent Cole, Connor Barwin and DeMeco Ryans alongside second-year man Mychal Kendricks and former first-round pick Brandon Graham, the Eagles have talent in the middle of the field.

They just need more help from the secondary, which might be worse than last year's group. 

 

10. The Weak NFC East Will Allow the Eagles to Stay in the Playoff Hunt

The NFC East's teams haven't won a single game this season other than against each other.

The Giants are 0-2 and have looked horrible in their two games. The Redskins have a hobbled quarterback and an awful defense. The Cowboys have Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, but they haven't been able to close the deal in past seasons. 

The weak division will allow the Eagles to compete for a division crown for the majority, if not all, of the season. They end the regular season against the Cowboys for the fourth time in the last six seasons.

That could be for the division title.

 

Advanced statistics courtesy of Pro Football Focus.

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