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Ask an Eagles Fan!

Good afternoon Titans fans!

I'm sure you've seen fan posts like this in past, sprinkled around various SB Nation team blogs. If you haven't, the title is fairly self-explanatory. With the coming matchup between our two teams, I give a brief overview of our team and leave the comments section up for any questions, comments, or general discussion about how much we hate the Patriots.

RECAP
The last time our two teams met, it was November 23, 2014 at The Linc in Philly. The Eagles won by a final score of 43-24, led by Mr. Butt-Fumble himself, Mark Sanchez. This was the height of the Chip Kelly era in Philadelphia and not long after, our believed to be franchise QB, Foles was shipped off to St. Louis in exchange for serial man-of-injury Sam Bradford. Since then, the entire Eagles roster and coaching staff has been completely overhauled, save for a few key components. In 2016 we moved up in the draft to take our new franchise QB, Carson Wentz at #2 overall, and last season that franchise QB played like an MVP for 13 weeks to help lead us to our franchise's first Superbowl victory. This season, the Eagles are well positioned to make a run at back-to-back championships with good additions to depth, and key players coming back from injury.

OFFENSE
In 2017, the Eagles made a historic run, broke league records in regards to 3rd down conversion %, and led the league in scoring - averaging 29 points per game. This season, the offense returns mostly unchanged; the offensive line retained all 5 of it's starting players, 4 of which are all-pros. Carson Wentz made his return this past Sunday and while rusty, he definitely showed why he was an MVP candidate last season, securing a 20-16 win over the Colts. RB Jay Ajayi who was acquired part-way through last season has been out with a back injury, but looks set to return for our upcoming game. Behind him is a rotation of backs including; Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, and Josh Adams. The 3 of them racked up 142 rushing yards on on 32 attempts, averaging 4.4 yards per carry against Indianapolis. Punt returner and 3rd down back Darren Sproles has been day-to-day nursing a quad injury. #1 WR Alshon Jeffery has been out, rehabbing from rotator cuff surgery during the offseason. There's a chance he plays this week, more info on that on Wednesday. #2 WR Mike Wallace and #4 WR Mack Hollins are also out. Wallace was injured vs Tampa Bay and was placed on IR earlier last week. Hollins suffered a setback in regards to his "lower body injury" earlier this season, no news on when he'll see the field. So the starting receiving corps the Titans will face will be made up of Slot WR Nelson Agholor, #5 WR Kamar Aiken, #6 WR Jordan Matthews, #1cTE Zach Ertz, and #2 TE Dallas Goedert, with contributions from #6 WR Shelton Gibson, and #4 TE Joshua Perkins.

2018 UPDATE: The Eagles are currently #17 in total offense, but have thrown the 2nd most passing TDs in the league.

DEFENSE
The Eagles also return a very similar defense from last season, which was known for it's quality depth, and large array of pass rushers. They lost starting DE Vinny Curry, DT Beau Allen, and slot corner Patrick Robinson to free agency, but they replaced them with 3 time pro-bowler DE Michael Bennett, DT Haloti Ngata and 2nd year man CB Sidney Jones. They will also be without starting DT Timmy Jernigan, and ST ace Chris Maragos. Jim Schwartz (Eagles defensive coordinator) runs a 4-3 wide 9 defensive scheme, which boasted last year's #1 rushing defense, allowing only 79.2 yards per game and 3.8 yards per carry. Schwartz loves to rotate his pass rushers to keep them fresh, suffocating the run game forcing opposing offenses to pass, and using the strength of the pass rush to force turnovers. The Eagles were tied for 4th last season in interceptions with 19, and 6th in fumbles with 17.

2018 UPDATE: The Eagles currently boast the #2 rushing defense, allowing 61.7 yards per game, and 3.4 yards per carry. They have only given up 1 rushing touchdown so far this season.

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That's all for now, I hope our two fanbases can go into this game all knowledge-d up, and our two teams can play a great game! Feel free to ask questions or leave comments below, I will try to get to all of them. Also, I encourage you to come over to Bleeding Green Nation, we have a lot of great content, and a tight-knit community there, perhaps you can post an "Ask a Titans fan." Thanks!

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