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Eagles 2019 NFL preview: Is this Carson Wentz’s year?

Carson Wentz. (Photo: Getty Images)
The time is now for Carson Wentz as Nick Foles isn’t coming through that door to save the Eagles anymore.
 
Philadelphia’s golden boy under center is entering his fourth season in the NFL under sky-high expectations. 
 
The Eagles are expected to make a serious run at the NFC East title, at least, with Wentz playing a full season and putting up MVP-like numbers. 
Lighting up the stat sheet has never been Wentz’s problem. It’s been his health. 
 
The 26-year-old has been hampered by an injury history that’s withheld him from playing full seasons in each of the past two years. 
 
A torn ACL in 2017 prompted Foles to come in and lead the Eagles to their first-ever Super Bowl title. 
 
Last year, following a disappointing 5-6 start, a back issue forced Foles back into the fold where he saved the franchise’s season and led them back into the playoffs. 
 
Foles is now off to Jacksonville as the leading man of the Jaguars, making Wentz’s health that much more important. 
 
When he’s on the field, there’s no denying his star power. He’s posted 16-game averages of 4,061 yards with 28 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. 
 
With Philadelphia’s current cast of playmakers around him, he should have no problems meeting (or upping) those numbers. 
 
He just needs to stay on the field. 
 
Carson Wentz projected 2019 stats
69% completion percentage
4,350 yards
32 touchdowns
15 interceptions
 
Notable Eagles projected 2019 stats
 
Zach Ertz: 95 receptions, 975 yards, 11 touchdowns
Alshon Jeffery: 65 receptions, 900 yards, 6 touchdowns
DeSean Jackson: 45 receptions, 725 yards, 4 touchdowns
Jordan Howard: 150 rushes, 650 yards, 6 touchdowns
Miles Sanders: 155 rushes, 675 yards, 4 touchdowns
 
2019 Eagles schedule
 
WEEK 1 vs. REDSKINS
SUNDAY, 1 PM ET, FOX
 
WEEK 2 @ FALCONS
9/15, 8:20 PM, NBC
 
WEEK 3 vs. LIONS
9/22, 1 PM, FOX
 
WEEK 4 @ PACKERS
9/26, 8:20 PM, FOX
 
WEEK 5 vs. JETS
10/6, 1 PM, CBS
 
WEEK 6 @ VIKINGS
10/13, 1 PM, FOX
 
WEEK 7 @ COWBOYS
10/20, 8:20 PM, NBC
 
WEEK 8 @ BILLS
10/27, 1 PM, FOX
 
WEEK 9 vs. BEARS
11/3, 1 PM, FOX
 
WEEK 10 BYE
 
WEEK 11 vs. PATRIOTS
11/17, 4:25 PM, CBS
 
WEEK 12 vs. SEAHAWKS
11/24, 8:20 PM, NBC
 
WEEK 13 @ DOLPHINS
12/1, 1 PM, FOX
 
WEEK 14 vs. GIANTS
12/9, 8:15 PM, ESPN
 
WEEK 15 @ REDSKINS
12/15, 1 PM, FOX
 
WEEK 16 vs. COWBOYS
12/22, 4:25 PM, FOX
 
WEEK 17 @ GIANTS
12/29, 1 PM, FOX

2019 strength of schedule: .477 winning percentage in 2018 (26th in NFL)

2019 prediction: 11-5 (1st in NFC East)

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