3 reasons Eagles wise to start Nick Foles over Carson Wentz in Week 1

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The Philadelphia Eagles reportedly will start Nick Foles over Carson Wentz in the season opener against the Atlanta Falcons.

Ever since the Philadelphia Eagles hoisted the Lombardi trophy for the first time in NFL history last February, one of the biggest questions surrounding the defending Super Bowl champions has been which quarterback would be under center for the 2018 opener. While Nick Foles would be coming off a performance against the New England Patriots in which he took home MVP honors in the Super Bowl, Eagles fans know this is Carson Wentz‘s team, and if healthy enough, he would be the one to start.

With less than a week to go before that first game of 2018 against the Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia has reportedly decided to go with Foles as the starter over Wentz, which shouldn’t really come as that much of a surprise when looking at the preseason. Despite the progress made by Wentz over the last couple of months, the fact that he hasn’t officially been cleared for contact as of last week made it seem pretty clear that Foles would be the quarterback under center to start off the year, at least for now.

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No matter how good Wentz has been throughout his career when healthy, the Eagles knew it wouldn’t be worth the risk playing him too soon if his knee injury from last December was taking longer than originally expected. Now that Foles is going to be the one under center for the first contest against the Falcons, here are three reasons why this is the best decision by the Eagles heading into Thursday’s opener.