Predicting the Second Half of the 2020 Season
Nobody could have predicted the Philadelphia Eagles would be 3-4-1 AND in first place in the NFC East after eight games. There's been many ups and downs (more downs), but the team is getting healthy and there is reason to feel optimistic about the final eight games of the season. Let's take a look at each game and how we think the Eagles will fare.
WEEK 10: EAGLES AT GIANTS
In Week 7, the Eagles sneaked past the Giants 22-21 thanks to a game-winning pass from Carson Wentz to Boston Scott. It was the eighth-straight victory against the Giants for the Birds. The Eagles have won the last three games in New York by an average of more than 10 points. This will continue with the Eagles winning 34-16.
Eagles record 4-4-1
WEEK 11: EAGLES AT BROWN
The Browns are 5-3 after eight weeks, but their trajectory is down. Star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. tore his ACL in Week 7 and they're without running back Nick Chubb. Their bye week is also Week 9, and they'll be coming off a matchup with the Houston Texans. If the Browns are unable to right the ship during their bye week, they'll lose this matchup to the Eagles 27-21.
Eagles record 5-4-1
WEEK 12: SEAHAWKS AT EAGLES
This will be the first major test the Eagles face in the back half of the season. The Seahawks have been rolling all season and a certain wide receiver Eagles fans know (D.K. Metcalf) is torching defenses across the league. This will be a fun matchup to watch if Darius Slay is covering Metcalf the entire game. This is a game I'm looking for the Eagles to be competitive in, but I don't think we'll be quite ready to take down the Seahawks, yet. Eagles lose by a final score of 22-14.
Eagles record 5-5-1
WEEK 13: EAGLES AT PACKERS
The Packers have been the winners of five of the last seven games the teams have played dating back to 2007. Coming off of a short week with the Monday night game against the Seahawks, the Birds will be looking to bounce back after a tough loss. There's reason to believe the Eagles will pull off an upset here, but it won't happen. Eagles will lose their second straight game, 33-23, and fans will start hitting the panic button again.
Eagles record 5-6-1
WEEK 14: SAINTS AT EAGLES
With the Eagles coming off back to back losses, this game will be dubbed a "must-win." Obviously, the Eagles will have to find a way to stop Alvin Kamara. I think the Eagles will do just enough here to slow him down and get a huge win late in the season as they move toward the final three games of the season. Eagles win by a score of 24-23.
Eagles record 6-6-1
WEEK 15: EAGLES AT CARDINALS
This is the final game of a four-game gauntlet against tough opponents. Quarterback Kyler Murray looks like he could be a legitimate star in the league for years to come. Throwing the ball to wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins makes his life much easier, but without a legitimate run game, the Eagles will be able to slow the duo down. Unfortunately, it won't be enough for the Birds to win. Eagles lose by a score of 17-16.
Eagles record 6-7-1
WEEK 16: EAGLES AT COWBOYS
By this time, the Cowboys will be looking forward to a top-five pick in the next NFL draft. The Eagles played arguably their worst game of the season and still pulled off a Week 7 victory against Dallas. Philadelphia will be healthy, and they will be hungry to secure their second-straight NFC East title with a win in Dallas. Eagles dominantly win this one 31-3. Eagles record 7-7-1
WEEK 17: FOOTBALL TEAM AT EAGLES
In Week q, the Washington Football Team pulled off what seemed like a massive upset over the Eagles. Since then, they've benched their starting quarterback and lost five of their next six games. The Eagles will have at least a two-game lead in the division at this point and will be looking to head into the playoffs healthy. Most starters won't finish this game or play in it at all, but the Eagles will still pull off the victory, 20-6.
Eagles record 8-7-1
It won't be pretty, but a 4-3 record in the back half of the season will push the team into the playoffs. The anxiety around quarterback play and a much healthier roster will give the team and fans optimism headed into the playoffs. Head coach Doug Pederson will do just enough with this team to keep his job safe. The Birds will pull off at least one upset win in the playoffs and make it through to the divisional round.