The regular season is officially underway.
The Bills defeated the Rams 31-10 in last night’s season opener. It’s officially less than 48 hours until the Eagles take on the Detroit Lions. There is a lot of hype behind a lot of teams this year. Will the Bengals make another trip to the Super Bowl? Which stacked AFC West team will win? What week will the Cowboys’ regularly scheduled disbandment be? But the most important thing is whether or not you should believe in this Eagles team, the answer is definitely yes. With successful offseason moves that kept the Eagles with multiple 1st round picks and no glaring holes on the roster. Let’s dig deeper to see a few more reasons why this could be a great season for the Birds.
NFC is On
After yesterday’s trip. Obviously, this Rams team can’t be as successful as it was last season. With an extremely tough schedule that sees them play against the NFCW and AFCW, the league’s deepest divisions with 7 of 8 teams attempting to make the playoffs (sorry Seahawks), the Rams could contend if they put up similar performances against any team. comparable to promissory notes.
Here are the other teams in the NFC that I’ve entered into competitive playoff spots:
Some Bright Concerns
A couple of those teams, namely the Cowboys and Packers, took a step back this year. Will Rodgers still succeed and try to be a three-peat MVP without Davante Adams at WR1? Will Jason Peters really be a reliable LT for the Cowboys?
The Cardinals are already hurting multiple injuries And with DeAndre Hopkins suspended until Week 7, the Cardinals could face a tough road after opening the season against the Chiefs, Raiders and Rams.
The last NFCW team that continues to gain hype is the 49ers. I personally don’t see it. They can continue to take advantage of other teams’ losses in the playoffs. But Trey Lance has more question marks than Jalen Hurts this year, and I’m not sure this team’s 10-7 record is better than last year’s easier schedule. If you’re on the 49ers train, great. But I’m tired of Shanahan praising him for blowing another Super Bowl lead.
Jalen Hurts is 2-0 against the Saints in his career, and with a weakened secondary after trading Gardner-Johnson, the Eagles revamped WR core should feast against the Saints for the 3rd year in a row.
The Vikings picked up multiple picks to acquire Jalen Reagor…I’m not sure this is a great guide to explaining this new regime, but if the Vikings don’t make any progress this year. It will be time for Cousins to make a move and assess how expendable the current roster is for GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah.
Tampa Bay Tom Brady has one more year. And maybe again if he comes out of retirement a year from now. Probably the most consistent team in the offseason. With some big hits to his OLs already, Brady may not have as comfortable a pocket as he’d like.
There is no clear winner here. The Eagles have improved every position and have the assets to fall back on should any issues arise during the season.
Something to prove
The Eagles posted a 9-8 record last season. With low expectations coming off a 4-11-1 season before that, it was impressive to watch the Birds make the playoffs and be able to play 18 games in a meaningless week. With tons of additions this offseason, the Eagles are trying to prove they can top the NFC. There’s a lot of talent on this list that wasn’t there last year. Getting a bunch of young guns in AJ Brown, Kyzir White, Haason Reddick and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson while also drafting Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean will help fill out this roster for years to come.
I’d like to give the Eagles a standing ovation and write down a 17-0 prediction for the year, but I have to keep my expectations in check. But the schedule makes it difficult to do that.
- @ Lions – Blowout rematch – W
- Vikings – Since the NFC Championship Game, we’ve had our number – L
- @ Commanders – No Chase Young – W
- Jaguars – Unfazed by roster moves –W
- @Cardinals – No Hopkins – W
- Cowboys – I hope Philly wins this game at home. That would be a huge boost going into the Bye. However, the Cowboys. – L?
- Steelers – I’m still not sold on Trubisky at QB1 – W
- @ Texans – The Texans roster doesn’t threaten this Eagles lineup. W
- Chiefs – This is the equivalent of last years Week 12 Giants game. I could see the Eagles blowing this one. L
- @ Colts – Colts season hinges on Matt Ryan’s play. If he’s an upgrade on Wentz, the Colts could do some damage. – L?
- Packers – I’d like to post a win here. But I’d be lying if this season’s biggest concern isn’t – L?
- Titans – lost a lot of players this offseason. Can Tannehill, Woods and Henry carry it all season? – W
- @ Giants – If Kenny Golladay continues to pitch so much effort. Yes. – W
- @ Bears – I don’t see the Bears competing with Fields yet. – W
- @ Cowboys – If the Cowboys collapse again, the Eagles have an opportunity to embarrass them in Jerry’s World. W
- Saints – We’ve had a number of them in the last few years. We will do it again. – W
- Giants – If the Giants are still in the running in Week 18, I hope the Eagles have won by now. – L (If beginners are playing, this is easily a W)
You have it. A fairly straightforward 11-6 prediction. After proving that they can win 9 last year, this team should have at least 10 wins. But a meaningless week 18 and with a few questionable matchups that could go either way. This team has room to win 14 games.
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