Each year there is a team that seems to jump off the paper and catch the attention of the media and fans. It is subject to hype that reaches another level. This season that team is the Philadelphia Eagles.
Last season, the Eagles were 10-7 SU, 8-8-1 ATS and 9-8 on the Over/Under.
Some football analysts have gone as far as saying a Super Bowl win is a possibility in Philly. Anything is possible but that is not probable at least this season.
The Eagles certainly have a good opportunity to win the NFC East, but even winning the NFC Championship looks too far out of their reach this year.
Last season it seemed that the Eagles received some unexpected breaks. Amongst them, the collapse of both the New York Giants and Washington Redskins, two bitter division rivals.
The Eagles also lucked out in games when they faced a number of backup quarterbacks namely the Green Bay Packers minus Aaron Rodgers and the Dallas Cowboys without Tony Romo, which was in the final game of the season and determined the winner of the NFC East.
Detroit was also whipping the Eagles when a blizzard hit and the Lions forgot to put on snow tires and the Eagles rallied to win.
The Eagles also defeated Tampa Bay during a stretch when the Bucs were winless early in the season. It seems many breaks went Philly’s way last season and those things do not always happen that way.
After all that drama in the regular season was behind them, the Eagles hosted a playoff game and lost to the New Orleans Saints. They should not be ashamed of the loss, but it showed they still have things that need improvement before they are an elite NFL team.
Nevertheless, the progressive offense of head coach Chip Kelly made for lots of headlines. Nick Foles won accolades that were deserved with a season that included throwing 27 touchdown passes while being picked off just twice.
The Eagles offense also was the NFL leaders in rushing.
However, the defense was less than stellar ranking a dismal No. 29 out of 32.
Only 37 quarterback sacks last season for the Eagles defense and it does not look as if they are any stronger this season.
The Eagles released their best wide receiver shortly after the season was over. DeSean Jackson caught 93 passes for over 1,300 yards and 9 touchdowns.
He will be hard to replace, but the offense of Kelly relies on execution and teamwork and they will find a replacement for Jackson even if it is by committee.
According to Bovada and betonline, the Eagles are co-favorites to win the NFC East. Online sportsbooks topbet and sportsbook.com have the Eagles at 28 to 1 to win the Super Bowl.
Prediction: NFC East winners at 11-6 and losers in the NFC Championship game