Make no mistake, we are in the true dog days of summer for football fans. For those diehards like me who take this time of year to dream and imagine, here are 7 bold predictions for this coming season. Some might sound ridiculous, but that’s why they’re called “bold” predictions. For better or worse, in 2014:
1) Darren Sproles will prove to be an overrated acquisition.
As fun as it is to imagine what Darren Sproles and LeSean McCoy can do to a defense on the field together, the Eagles are loaded with offensive weapons. Zach Ertz is bound to emerge to become a featured weapon along with Jeremy Maclin, Jordan Matthews, Riley Cooper, and maybe even Josh Huff. Despite what the coaches say, I have a hard time believing they’re going to take LeSean McCoy off the field all that much. That leaves Darren Sproles without enough touches to replicate his New Orleans production or live up to fans’ expectations this season.
2) The Eagles will blow out the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day.
In their first Turkey Day trip to Dallas since 1989, the Eagles will dominate from the getgo. With shades of nationally televised blowouts like the 2008 Thanksgiving game vs. Arizona and the 2010 Monday Night game in Washington, the Eagles defeat the Cowboys 52-10, including a Todd Herremans touchdown catch.
3) Zach Ertz will catch 10 or more touchdowns.
The Eagles feel comfortable enough with Ertz’s emergence that they trade Brent Celek at the deadline, and Ertz repays the Eagles with double-digit touchdown catches as he becomes one of the NFL’s elite young tight ends.
4) Earl Wolff will make the Pro Bowl.
By Week 3, after DeSean Jackson torches the Eagles secondary, Nate Allen will find himself on the bench and Earl Wolff (pictured below) will take over. After showing flashes as a rookie, Wolff will stay on the field and display his tremendous athleticism along with second-year poise. By season’s end, safety will (finally) no longer be a position of question on the Eagles as Wolff emerges as a Pro Bowler.
Last year Michael Vick went down in the Meadowlands, this year it’s Nick Foles who will leave the season finale in New Jersey, leaving Mark Sanchez to beat the 49ers in the Wild Card Round before Foles returns.
6) David Akers will be an Eagle.
Haven’t we all had enough of Alex Henery? Chip Kelly has enough and decides to part ways with Henery by Week 8 and signs an old friend off the scrap heap.
7) The Eagles will go undefeated at home.
Take a look at the home schedule and no there’s no opponent that jumps out at you until Seattle on December 7. The Eagles surprise everyone and beat Seattle that day 20-17, then beat Dallas the next week, making up for all their home struggles as of late to go unbeaten at the Linc. With this summer’s renovations bringing in 1,600 new loud voices, it’s time to re-establish home field advantage.
Now, by no means am I saying to take these predictions to the bank. Feel free to let me know if you agree or disagree with any, or if I’ve completely lost my mind. Having not had Eagles football for 6 months now, I may have done just that.