Extra Points: Eagles Destined for Playoffs
On paper - actually on your cell phone, since no one under 70 uses paper anymore - the Eagles appear destined for a very good season.
General manager Howie Roseman upgrade several key positions through the draft, free agency and a few trades. He seemed particularly adept at fleecing the Saints, most recently acquiring safety Chauncy Gardner-Johnson in exchange for a pair of late-round future draft picks.
A slew of newcomers such as cornerback James Bradberry, wide receiver A.J. Brown, rookie defensive tackle Jordan Davis, and edge rusher Haason Reddick, combined with veterans like defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, center Jason Kelce, wide receiver Devonta Smith and of course quarterback Jalen Hurts, have fans thinking they will be among the NFC's top teams.
I agree, though I'm flummoxed as to why some oddsmakers have a less-optimistic view. BetMGM, for instance, lists the Cowboys as the favorites to win the NFC East, though they are so desperate for offensive line help that they just signed 75-year-old left tackle Jason Peters to their practice squad. BetMGM also has the Eagles tied for 19th with Minnesota to win the Super Bowl at plus-4000.
Mark it down. The Eagles will win the division, assuming Hurts continues to develop and they can avoid major injuries.
Pencil them in for 10-7. On second thought, put it on Twitter, since no one under 70 uses pencils anymore.
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 11, at Detroit Lions (1 p.m.) - I've been really impressed with the Lions' attitude and the culture being established in Detroit. (LOSS)
Week 2: Monday, Sept. 19 vs. Minnesota Vikings (8:30 p.m.) - Jalen Reagor catches a TD pass for the Vikings, but A.J. Brown grabs three for the Eagles. (WIN)
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 25 at Washington Commanders (1 p.m.) - Darius Slay gets a pick six against Carson Wentz. (WIN)
Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 2 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (1 p.m.) - New Jags coach Doug Pederson will turn the franchise around, but it will take a little time. (WIN)
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 9 at Arizona Cardinals (4:25 p.m.) - Cards TE Zach Ertz catches a TD pass and gives the game ball to Mike Trout, who makes the trip to the desert. (LOSS)
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 16 vs. Dallas Cowboys (8:20 p.m.) - Peters is elevated to the active roster and gives up three sacks to Reddick. (WIN)
Week 7: Bye week
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 30 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (1 p.m.) - Steelers rookie QB Kenny Pickett decides to "Wait Til The Midnight Hour." Oh wait, that's Wilson Pickett. (WIN)
Week 9: Thursday, Nov. 3 at Houston Texans (8:15 p.m.) - Texans will be lucky to win five games. (WIN)
Week 10: Monday, Nov. 14 vs. Washington Commanders (8:15 p.m.) - Wonder what kind of reaction Carson will get at the Linc? Boooo. (WIN)
Week 11 : Sunday Nov. 20 at Indianapolis Colts (1 p.m.) - Nick Foles takes over as Colts QB and throws for 300 yards. But Hurts throws for 350. (WIN)
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 27 vs. Green Bay Packers (8:20 p.m.) - Anyone who thinks the Eagles are winning this must have sampled some of Aaron Rodgers' ayahuasca. (LOSS)
Week 13 : Sunday, Dec. 4 vs. Tennessee Titans (1 p.m.) - Derrick Henry sets an unofficial record with five stiff-arms on one play. (LOSS)
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 11 at New York Giants (1 p.m. ) - Daniel Jones is better than people think. (LOSS)
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 18 at Chicago Bears (1 p.m.) - New coach Matt Eberflus has some rebuilding to do. (WIN)
Week 16: Saturday, Dec. 24, at Dallas Cowboys (4:25 p.m.) - Cowboys rookie safety Markquese Bell (Bridgeton) returns an interception for a touchdown. (LOSS)
Week 17 - Sunday, Jan. 1 vs. New Orleans Saints (1 p.m.) - Jameis Winston isn't great, but he's better than Trevor Siemian. (LOSS)
Week 18 - Saturday, Jan. 7 or Sunday, Jan. 8 vs. New York Giants (TBD) - Eagles win to clinch NFC East title for the first time since 2019. (WIN)