The Eagles may not have won a title in their first two seasons, but the team is currently in a position to become a championship contender, writes Jeff McLane.
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Philadelphia Eagles: 1-1-0 | 1-0 AFC North | 1:00 p.m.
ET | CBS Sports Network/Fox 8.5 The Eagles were a top 10 seed and host Denver in the AFC Wild Card game this past Sunday.
They are the first team to win a playoff game in their division since the Rams in 2013.
Dennis Allen: Philadelphia Eagles QB1 – Heading into Sunday’s game, Allen had thrown for 1,974 yards and 12 touchdowns.
That would have ranked him sixth in the NFL.
The rookie was named the starting quarterback for the Eagles.
Allen is one of the best quarterbacks in the league.
He also was named to his first Pro Bowl team, and he was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Allen has been able to build upon that success in 2017, with the Eagles winning the division and advancing to the NFC Championship Game.
Jason Peters: Philadelphia 49ers WR1 – Peters is coming off a monster year.
The former first round pick is the Eagles second-leading receiver.
He has 541 yards receiving on the year and has three touchdowns.
The Eagles were also rewarded for their offseason signing of free agent DeSean Jackson.
Jackson had 588 receiving yards and six touchdowns last year.
Jordan Matthews: Philadelphia 76ers WR3 – Matthews has been a star this year, but it was his speed and his hands that put the Eagles in the playoff picture.
Matthews caught 24 passes for 280 yards and a touchdown last season.
T.J. Graham: Philadelphia Bills RB1 – Graham is a key piece to the Eagles’ offense and he is also a great fit in Chip Kelly’s system.
Graham has 522 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the season.
Graham will likely start against Denver.
David Njoku: Philadelphia Seahawks RB1/2 – Njok will likely be the backup to Marshawn Lynch this week.
Njoki is averaging more than 3.5 yards per carry this season.
Nju is averaging nearly 7 yards per rush.
Kurt Coleman: Philadelphia Steelers RB1-2-3 – Coleman has been one of Kelly’s top targets this year.
Coleman has caught 37 passes for 547 yards and five touchdowns.
Coleman will likely come off the bench in Denver.
He caught six passes for 80 yards against the Broncos.
Ryan Mathews: Philadelphia Chargers RB1.5-3.5 – Mathews has struggled for the first time in his career.
Mathews had just nine catches for 103 yards against Dallas last week.
The Eagles have also been missing a lot of key players.
Mathewes will be tested against a Denver defense that has allowed a combined 24 touchdowns to opposing running backs this season, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Rookie running back DeMarco Murray: Philadelphia Jets RB1 + Murray is a rookie running back that Kelly has been trying to develop in a different way.
Murray is averaging 4.6 yards per attempt on the ground and has caught a touchdown in each of his first two games.
Eagles QB Carson Wentz is in his first start since Week 7 and is coming out with the game tied in the fourth quarter.
If the Eagles win, they would become the first undefeated team in the NFC East since the Eagles defeated the New York Giants on Dec. 7.