3. Philadelphia Eagles
A win is a win no matter what, and even though the offense could have done a lot better against the Atlanta Falcons, at least the Philadelphia Eagles were able to top off a night of celebrations on a positive note. Philadelphia’s defense deserves plenty of credit for stepping up when it needed the most when facing Atlanta while preventing them from finding the end zone on numerous occasions, but moving forward, the offense is going to need some improvement.
Playing without key starters in Carson Wentz and Alshon Jeffery was going to be an adjustment, but the one area that left Eagles fans puzzled was the action in the backfield at running back. Doug Pederson made it clear in the offseason he wanted veteran Darren Sproles back for another year after missing most of last season due to injuries, but unfortunately this took away carries from Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement in the first half.
Seeing how Ajayi led the team with 62 rushing yards to go along with two trips into the end zone, Pederson should consider taking a different approach in Week 2, and consider using Sproles more later on in the game. Otherwise, it’s just going to add pressure to Nick Foles under center if the offense is struggling to move the football down field.