This weekend starts a season that is filled with hope and high expectations for the Philadelphia Eagles. They start out with a game against Washington, one of their longtime divisional rivals. How will things go for the Birds in Week 1?
Here are some bold predictions from our writers on what will happen:
Andrew W: All eyes will be on Jalen Mills to see if he can replace Malcolm Jenkins at safety. I predict he will make an excellent first impression with two interceptions on Dwayne Haskins.
Chalie: JJ Arcega-Whiteside explodes! He goes for six receptions, 115 + yards, and 2 TDs. JJAW will show he’s not the scrub he was last year. My score prediction is going to be 27-24 Eagles.
Caitlin: I’m expecting a slow first half and an explosive second half with production from all areas of the offense. Zach Ertz and DeSean Jackson will have big games. I’m also expecting Boston Scott to get some extra touches with Sanders coming off an injury. I'm expecting a 27-17 Eagles win.
Spencer: The rookies have a big day out of the gate. Jalen Reagor will have an impressive debut, even his first career touchdown. This is one of the more exciting rookie classes the Eagles have had in the past few seasons. Also, look for Carson throwing the deep ball a lot against Washington. It worked last year in the season opener and I have a feeling it will work again this year. My score prediction is 21-13 Birds.
Trey: WFT new cornerback Ronald Darby uses what he's learned during his time in Philly and holds Carson Wentz to 350 yards and four TDs; DeSean Jackson and Julie Ertz's husband having 100 yards each.
Trevor: Defense dominates in Washington. The Eagles will force three turnovers and have more than five sacks. Washington will score in garbage time. 31-13 Eagles
Paul: The Eagles will pick up the win and remain undefeated in season openers under Doug Pederson. I expect the beginning of the game to be slow because the lack of preseason games, but once the Eagles shake the rust off, they’ll get it going on offense. Carson Wentz will throw three touchdown passes split between DeSean Jackson and Zach Ertz, and he'll throw for at least 300 yards. I also expect Greg Ward and Boston Scott to pick up where they left off in 2019 and play roles in Sunday's win, which will end in a 24-10 score. I just beg the Eagles weakened offensive line will be able to control rookie Chase Young and protect Wentz.