The Eagles cemented their status as one of the league’s best by beating the Redskins for the second time this season at Lincoln Financial Field Monday night, and in the process became the only 6-1 in the NFL. They currently sit number one in almost every published power rankings. However, the win came at a huge price.
They lost LT Jason Peters for the season to a torn MCL and ACL. Peters was rated by Pro Football Focus as the number one LT in the NFL and at age 35 was defying Father Time and having perhaps his best season of his career. Peters was playing at an extremely high level and joins Darren Sproles as a key piece of the Eagles offense that will not be making another appearance in 2017.
However, Big V gives the Eagles depth at tackle and while he is no Peters, he will fill in admirably. The bigger loss was MLB Jordan Hicks, who is also lost to the season to a torn Achilles. Not only is that an injury that is tough to come back from, but the Eagles severely lack depth at linebacker, especially with fellow LB Mychael Kendricks also banged up. It got so bad Monday Night the Eagles actually had safety Corey Graham playing some linebacker as Joe Walker struggled and Najeh Goode is what he is. He is a backup player who has limitations.
The Eagles will struggle to replace Hicks and may have to look outside the organization. More importantly, it severely hurts the depth, and the Eagles have now lost three key players for the entire 2017 season. How many injuries can they sustain?
Luckily, a 6-1 start and the winless 49ers at home and the struggling Broncos loom before the bye, and even with these newfound holes, the Eagles should at worst be 7-2 heading into the bye and have a very good chance to go to 8-1. So they will likely keep the best in the NFL status for the next few weeks, but can they win in January or February without these key pieces? What happens if Nigel Bradham gets injured now? Or Lane Johnson? The Eagles beat the Redskins Monday Night but in reality, they lost more than they gained with these injuries.
On the positive end of the spectrum as long as they have QB Carson Wentz, who would probably be the league MVP if the season ended today, they should stay among the NFL’s elite. The second-year QB is playing at an extremely high level and seems to be getting better each week. So, despite the injuries, the future is bright in Philadelphia.
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