2018- Week 4 Eagles vs. Colts Preview
Matt Finocchio - Head Writer
Ok, now that Wentz is back under center, I think this is the week that things really start clicking for the Birds.
Aside from Carson, let’s outline a few things I’ll be watching out for this week against the Titans.
Alshon Jeffery: After playing the entire 2017 season with a torn rotator cuff, Jeffery missed the first three weeks of this season as he recovered from surgery. After getting cleared for contact on Wednesday, it looks like we’ll finally get our first glimpse of Alshon on Sunday in Tennessee. I think he’ll be an immediate boost to the offense, not only with his big-play potential, but also for his ability to create opportunities for the team’s other receivers by drawing frequent double-teams. Put me down for at least 5 catches and 60+ yards from Alshon.
Marcus Mariota: After suffering an elbow injury in week 1, Mariota was sidelined until needing to come off the bench last week for a concussed Blaine Gabbert. Supposedly, the elbow injury is causing Mariota’s ring and pinky fingers to go numb, so I don’t expect many deep pass attempts. Because of this (and his great athletic ability) I’ll be watching to see if the Bird’s defense can contain his rushing attempts.
Eagle’s front seven vs. Titans rushing attack: The Titans are currently the 10th best rushing team in the league, led by Dion Lewis & Derrick Henry (and Mariota). Thankfully, the Eagles are the league’s most stout defense when it comes to rushing yards, allowing only 61.7 yards per game through the first three weeks. If the Birds can shut down the run, I think they come out on top.
Prediction: I believe this is the team’s first statement win of the year. After narrowly escaping with a “W” last week, I think the Eagles will finally put it all together, with impressive performances on offense, defense and special teams.
Final Score: Eagles 27, Titans 10