USA Today: Eagles to go 9-7, Fail to Make the Playoffs
The Eagles have failed to win 10 games since Chip Kelly was in town back in 2014, but even that wasn’t good enough to get the Eagles into the playoffs.
Last season, Philadelphia finished with a disappointing 7-9 record and haven’t won a playoff game since 2008, so even getting to 10 wins doesn’t seem like a guaranteed ticket to the NFC playoff field.
USA Today’s Nate Davis projects the Eagles to have a winning record at 9-7, he writes that record will not be good enough to get the Birds to the playoffs.
Philadelphia Eagles (9-7): The offensive line is intact, and Carson Wentz has some fancy new weapons. But the defensive front seven better dominate, or else that shaky secondary could be fatally exposed. Back-to-back West Coast games in December h
If Davis’ projection is accurate, it wouldn’t be the fourth straight season the Eagles would miss the playoffs and the eighth instance that the Eagles failed to win a postseason game.
Here is what Davis predicted for the rest of the NFC East:
Dallas Cowboys (11-5): The league should be ready for Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott — assuming he isn’t suspended — this time around; that celebrated O-line is breaking in two new starters; and the defense could be a hot mess. Still, there’s no denying this club’s offensive firepower. The Cowboys play four of their five November games at home, a good point to make a move in the standings.
New York Giants (10-6): They open with four of six on the road. Survive that stretch and maybe establish some semblance of a ground game to complement their aerial weapons, and the Giants could contend for the division.
Washington Redskins (5-11): The questions about Kirk Cousins’ future will be on constant loop. And he may not enjoy the present all that much after losing two 1,000-yard receivers.