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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The Philadelphia Eagles had to start off their season without Carson Wentz and that definitely hurt their record early on. Now Wentz is back in the mix and he’s thrown for 13 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Obviously that boost in quarterback play can be the difference maker over the next nine weeks. Which is going to give Philadelphia a shot at dethroning the Washington Redskins as the top dog in the NFC East. Wentz isn’t the only good news for the Eagles either. Howie Roseman just pulled the trigger on a deal for Golden Tate and that should help Wentz be even better. Tate is the reigning yards after catch champion and he’s very good with the football in his hands. When you put Tate’s abilities alongside Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor it’s easy to see how potent that trio of receivers can be. Wentz likes to move around and change his release point in the pocket. Creating different throwing windows downfield and these top notch pass catchers will work perfectly in this aerial attack. Then there’s the return of Timmy Jernigan. Jernigan has been out of the Eagles lineup since the Super Bowl with a herniated disc. That defensive line is on another level when Jernigan is on the field and we all know how important it is to win at the line of scrimmage. By getting these three guys on the field Philadelphia should see a huge upswing in their ability to perform on game day. Therefore you can almost predict that Doug Pederson’s team will make tremendous strides the rest of the way. Nobody wants to play the Eagles and the Redskins have to be the most concerned because they’ve worked so hard to get out in front of the other teams in that division. They’ll have to claw and scratch to keep Philly at bay.
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The Eagles have a lot of things going in their favor right now. Carson Wentz is back, Golden Tate was added, and Timmy Jernigan will be returning soon.