Philadelphia Eagles' 2018 Win-Loss Predictions
Matt Finocchio - Head Writer
With one week to go until the Birds’ home opener against the Falcons, I figured it would be a good time to talk about my game-by-game predictions for 2018.
Here’s how I see the regular season playing out:
Week 1, Atlanta (Thursday, Sept. 6): I still stubbornly think Wentz is going to play week 1, but it sounds like Pederson isn’t going to reveal who the starter is until 90 minutes before kick-off. Either way, I think the Birds pull this one out regardless of who lines up under center.
Things to watch for: Who starts at QB? + How the new guys fit in (Mike Wallace, Michael Bennett, Haloti Gnata, Dallas Goedert, etc.)
Prediction: Eagles win 27-17
Week 2, @ Tampa Bay (Sunday, Sept. 16): Jameis Winston will still be suspended, so Ryan Fitzpatrick will get the start. Even if Winston was on the field, I’d still take the Birds.
Things to watch for: Vinny Curry & Beau Allen in the Bucs uniforms
Prediction: Eagles win, 31-14
Week 3, Indianapolis (Sunday, Sept. 23): This one should be fun to watch. The Birds will get to see former OC Frank Reich’s new squad led by a healthy (knock on wood) Andrew Luck. If all goes according to plan, this should also be the debut of Alshon Jeffery after coming off rotator cuff surgery. Side note: I’m predicting this game as the official arrival of Dallas Goedert, as he faces a weak Indy defense.
Things to watch for: Alshon Jeffery + Dallas Goedert + Andrew Luck’s shoulder
Prediction: Eagles win, 24-21
Week 4, @ Tennessee (Sunday, Sept. 30): The Eagles should be rolling at this point. I think they win this one easily.
Things to watch for: Battle of the young QBs, Wentz vs. Mariota
Prediction: Eagles win, 27-10
Week 5, Minnesota (Sunday, Oct. 7): Ahh, the NFC Championship game rematch…Though the Vikings look to be one of the better teams in the conference this year, I think the Eagles have their number (sorry Vikings fans…might be best to stay home in Minnesota for this one). Additionally, with a familiar foe in Kirk Cousins at the helm, I think the Birds’ defense will be prepared for this one and the Linc will be even more rockin’ than usual.
Things to watch for: Eagles/Vikings fan interactions + Kirk Cousins in Purple
Prediction: Eagles win, 24-17
Week 6, @ NY Giants (Thursday, Oct. 11): This is the first Divisional game for the Eagles. Eli Manning will throw three interceptions, with two of them going to emerging star, Sidney Jones.
Things to watch for: How the defense handles Saquon Barkley
Prediction: Eagles win, 30-10
Week 7, @ Carolina (Sunday, Oct. 21): When the Birds faced the Panthers last year, they narrowly escaped with the W, 28-23. I think the margin of victory will be a bit larger this year.
Things to watch for: Cam Newton
Prediction: Eagles win, 34-17
Week 8, @ Jacksonville (Sunday, Oct. 28): Birds fans will need to set their alarm clocks for this London Game, as kick-off is at 9:30am EST. I think the Jags defense gives the Eagles one on their toughest tests of the season, but I still have the Birds pulling this out in a close one.
Things to watch for: How will the offense match up against the Jags top-notch defense? + What to eat for breakfast? (I’m thinking pancakes, bacon and Founder’s Breakfast Stout)
Prediction: Eagles win, 17-10
Week 9, BYE WEEK: Fingers crossed the team navigates the first half of the season relatively unscathed.
Things to watch for: Doug Pederson eating copious amounts of ice cream
Prediction: Eagles win the bye-week by resting and getting in additional film study for the upcoming Cowboys game.
Week 10, Dallas (Sunday, Nov. 11): The team handles business yet again, giving the Cowboys their 7th loss of the season.
Things to watch for: Dak Prescott (remember when people tried to argue that Dak was better than Wentz? Hahaha)
Prediction: Eagles win, 30-13
Week 11, @ New Orleans (Sunday, Nov. 18): Though it’s fun to predict a 16-0 record, history tells us that even the best teams lose a few games every year. With that said, I think the Saints hand the Birds their first loss of the season.
Things to watch for: Someone putting a massive hit on Alvin Kamara
Prediction: Saints win, 35-21
Week 12, NY Giants (Sunday, Nov. 25): The Eagles lose in a trap game to a struggling Giants team (maybe they are still a bit sluggish from their Thanksgiving meals?)
Things to watch for: How do the Bird’s bounce back from their loss to New Orleans?
Prediction: Giants win, 28-24
Week 13, Washington (Monday, Dec. 3): Wentz tears it up once again vs Washington, scoring 4+ touchdowns.
Things to watch for: Wentz shredding the defense with his scrambling ability (it seems that half of his career highlights are against the Skins)
Prediction: Eagles win, 34-16
Week 14, @ Dallas (Sunday, Dec. 9): The Cowboys give the Eagles their best shot, but still fall short in a close one. The Birds are officially back on track after a pair of losses in late November.
Things to watch for: Do the Birds clinch the division today?
Prediction: Eagles win, 24-21
Week 15, @ LA Rams (Sunday, Dec. 16): We all know what happened last year when the Eagles played @ the Rams in December… I think Carson gets his revenge and ironically scores a rushing touchdown thanks to his rehabbed knee, securing himself as the frontrunner for league MVP.
Things to watch for: Carson Wentz’s knee + Wentz vs. Goff (thanks for drafting Goff, LA!)
Prediction: Eagles win, 27-21
Week 16, Houston (Sunday, Dec. 23): With an early Christmas gift to all of Philadelphia, the Birds lock up the #1 seed in the NFC.
Things to watch for: Wentz vs. Deshaun Watson (battle of the Torn ACL’s)
Prediction: Eagles win, 31-21
Week 17, Washington (Sunday, Dec. 30): The Eagles rest their starters and Nick Foles re-lives the glory of last year, leading the Birds to one last victory before leaving the team in free agency.
Things to watch for: Nick Foles + Playoff seedings/who will the Birds play?
Prediction: Eagles win, 17-9
So there you have it….all 16 games. I have the Birds going 14-2.
Realistically, I think there are five opponents that could give the Eagles trouble (Atlanta, Minnesota, Jacksonville, New Orleans and LA Rams). I think they lose one or two of those games and then drop another random game to a division opponent (i.e. Giants in week 12).
14-2 is an aggressive prediction, but looking at this schedule, I think it’s doable. At worst, I have them at 12-4.
I’ll plan on re-visiting this list at the end of the year to either gloat or wallow in the shame of my predictions.
Until then, go Birds!