2018- Week 3 Eagles vs. Colts Preview
Matt Finocchio - Head Writer
Welp, my week 2 prediction didn’t work out. The only thing to do is wash my hands of it and move on. Luckily, Carson Wentz is back this week, leaving this Birds fan optimistic for a week 3 victory against the Colts.
Similar to last week, I want to quickly outline a few things I’ll be looking for in Sunday’s game against Indy:
Carson Wentz: Ok, ok, I know this is the most obvious thing ever, but it has to be stated; I’ll be watching Carson closely to see how he looks just 9 months removed from ACL/LCL surgery. We’re all hoping he picks up where he left off, but I (along with all of Philadelphia) will be keeping a close eye on how he moves in (and outside) the pocket and if there is any hesitation in his game. I don’t think there will be, but we won’t know until he takes the field.
Jordan Matthews: I don’t think Birds fans have high expectations for Matthews this week, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he has a decent game. I could see Wentz targeting him a few times early in the game just to get him involved. Provided he catches what is thrown to him, I’ll consider any production from JMatt as a win.
Doug Pederson vs. Frank Reich: Anytime a former coordinator becomes a head coach and then coaches against his old team, I’m intrigued. These guys know each other well and are good friends. In his press conference earlier this week, Pederson mentioned that the two still chat frequently; Reich even called Pederson a few times this summer to pick his brain about schemes and practice structure. With that in mind, it will be fun to watch how they react/counter to what each other are doing. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Colts run a trick play or go for it on 4th down.
Prediction: I think the Birds narrowly pull this one out. They are going to be short-handed yet again at wide receiver and running back; Alshon Jeffery, Mike Wallace and Mack Hollins won’t be around, and Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles are still TBD. Thankfully, we’ve seen this team perform when they’ve been plagued with injuries. I think they do it again this week. But frankly, regardless of this game’s outcome, I think we’re all just happy that #11 will be out there making plays again.
Final Score: Eagles 24, Colts 21