18. Philadelphia Eagles
A bye week for the Philadelphia Eagles comes after a huge win with Gardner Minshew playing under center. Minshew was an impressive 20-of-25 with 242 yards and two touchdowns. Sure, everyone will say it was against the Jets, but isn’t that the kind of stat-line you want to see from a starting quarterback when playing a bad team?
Minshew now presents an interesting dilemma in Philly. Jalen Hurts has struggled with consistency and while he can destroy opposing teams with his legs, his inability to win with his passing has led to a lot of problems.
Does this give head coach Nick Sirianni any reason to consider a change? He might not come out publicly and say that will be the case but he has no allegiance to Hurts since he was drafted while Doug Pederson was the head coach. Not only that, but the city seems to love quarterback controversies. They simply cannot avoid them, which was seen when they took Hurts in the second round right after paying Carson Wentz more than $100 million.
With all this being said, the Eagles aren’t out of the race this season mathematically, but their focus is still on 2022. Part of that will — once again — involve them trying to figure out what to do under center. Perhaps allowing Minshew to play down the stretch would help them make that decision.