October 3, 2022

We’re back—Week One Game Preview: Lions at Eagles, September 11

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The highly-anticipated 2022-2023 Eagles season is finally upon us. The Birds take on the Detroit Lions to kick off their season. The Lions have a young and talented roster, making week one a good test for this Eagles team. They look to start their season in the win column, but they are going to have to find success in certain categories if they want to have a successful season.

Which Jalen Hurts will we see?

Jalen Hurts is now in his second full year of being the starting quarterback. Hurts threw for 3,000+ yards last season and finished the year with 26 total touchdowns. 16 of those were in the air and 10 were on the ground. He has huge rushing upside and can still throw the long ball. He is a great passer on the run and capable of extending plays. This is the Jalen Hurts Eagles fans want to see. They also know Jalen Hurts has the ability to become a great quarterback, but only if he can perform consistently in these categories.

Jalen Hurts has some highs and he also had some lows last season. He led his team to the playoffs where they were eliminated in the first round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Seeing the Eagles back in the playoffs was a great sign. But now with huge offseason additions, the Eagles are looking for more than a single appearance in the playoffs. With Hurts’ rushing and passing yards added up, he nearly had 4,000+ total yards. He can be a franchise quarterback and get this team back where it can, and quite frankly should, be.

Is the Chemistry there?

With a bunch of new additions to the squad this off-season, a big question mark is the chemistry. What will the chemistry be on the offense and defense? As long as this team plays well together, they can play with any team in the league. They have the talent and the ability to do so.

The defensive chemistry will be a huge part of this game and season. The defense’s ability to communicate and play together is huge. New eagles cornerback, James Bradberry, will now be alongside Eagles pro bowl corner, Darius Slay. What will be the connection there? On the offensive side the Eagles added pro-bowl wide receiver, AJ Brown. Hurts and Brown seem to have a great connection based on training camp highlights and the preseason drives the two played in.

Rookies

The Eagles had a very successful draft this off-season. They added two defensive studs from Georgia in Nakobe Dean and Jordan Davis. The Eagles first-round pick, Jordan Davis, has been putting on a show in training camp and preseason. He’s been triple-teamed and even pushed back the Eagles’ second-round pick, Cam Jurgens, back 10 yards. He is a force on the field and looks to make a huge impact right from the jump.

Nakobe Dean looks to find his role in the defensive scheme. With a stacked linebacker room, Dean looks to get a year under his belt as a backup for right now, with the ultimate possibility of him being a breakout linebacker. Jurgens will be doing the same thing. With Jason Kelce’s career coming to an end in the near futuresomething many Eagles fans do not want to hearthey’re gonna have to get used to it. Bringing in a guy now and putting him as the backup to one of the best centers in the league is huge. He will get the best mentoring possible and will be ready to go as soon as Kelce retires.


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