The Eagles will open the season by facing the Falcons and quarterback Matt Ryan. Beyond that, they’ll match-up with Colts’ Andrew Luck in Week 3, Titans’ Marcus Mariota in Week 4 and Vikings’ Kirk Cousins in Week 5.
They might be getting a break in Week 2 when they go up against the Buccaneers and… Ryan Fitzpatrick?
He went from a guy that frankly kind of barely made the team out of spring training, Boone said. He was sent down pretty early. And since he’s come back, he’s just earned more and more opportunities. He’s earned bigger opportunities.
The more guys we can have in the mix in those high-leverage spots, the more we can kind of protect each other. Man, just another terrific performance. I’m just so proud at what he continues to do.
There is some hope for a running game that will get Chris Carson back from injury and will look for rookie first-round pick Rashaad Penny to play a major role, but Carson played in just four games as a rookie, and the jury is obviously still out on Penny.
For the Seahawks to get back to the playoffs in 2018, Wilson will probably have to do even more of the heavy lifting.
Sam Bradford will be trying to hold off rookie Josh Rosen for as long as possible in Arizona, but a lack of depth and questions regarding the top guns within his supporting cast might not help Bradford’s cause.
The Cardinals lost two of their four most productive 2017 wide receivers when John Brown and Jaron Brown walked in free agency, leaving them with just JJ Nelson (who has somehow caught just 46 percent of the passes thrown his way in his three NFL seasons), Chad Williams (three catches as a rookie third-round pick in 2017) and rookie second-round pick Christian Kirk as the primary complements to Larry Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald has aged well and is coming off another Pro Bowl season, but Father Time has limited him to just 10.1 yards per catch the last two seasons. A decline is probably imminent as he approaches his 35th birthday.