The Philadelphia Eagles could potentially insert three Week 2 starters who didn’t start in Week 1. They will play their home opener for the 2023 NFL season at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday Night Football against the Minnesota Vikings.
The defending NFC champs defeated the New England Patriots 25-20 in Foxborough in Week 1.
Philadelphia Eagles Defeat New England Patriots
Despite an underwhelming performance, especially on offense, the Eagles snuck away with a victory. Jalen Hurts threw for only 170 yards. He also fumbled at a key moment in the game during the fourth quarter. The turnover gave the Patriots life when the visitors should’ve won the game easily.
Nick Sirianni showed no signs of panic during his postgame press conference after defeating Bill Belichick and the Patriots. He improved his record to 3-0 in season openers as a head coach.
Dallas Goedert and newcomer D’Andre Swift figure to be a bigger part of the offense in Week 2. Neither player made a significant impact in the season-opening victory.
Philadelphia Eagles Projected Week 2 Starters
The Eagles could potentially use three new starters in Week 2. While many people expected Swift as the primary running back, Kenny Gainwell got the start. He shouldered a heavy workload, going against the expectations of the “running back by committee” approach.
The status of Nakobe Dean is in question. If he can’t go, the Eagles will likely move Christian Elliss into the starting lineup. He is the only other linebacker on the active roster. Nicholas Morrow might be a candidate to elevate from the practice squad.
There were questions heading into Week 1 about the safety position. While the overwhelming majority expected Reed Blankenship to start, the second spot was between Justin Evans and Terrell Edmunds. Evans started and played almost the entire game, with minimal snaps for Edmunds.
Injury news will trickle out as the week moves along. The quick turnaround forces Nick Sirianni to decide his Week 2 starters quickly.