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Can the Philadelphia Eagles run the desk?


Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts
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The Eagles are the one remaining undefeated workforce within the NFL. With 10 weeks left, although, it appears inconceivable that the Eagles may stay undefeated by the remainder of the yr. Then you definitely take a look at their upcoming schedule.

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I imply, simply take a look at this. Even worse (for Cowboys and Giants followers that’s), nearly all of Philly’s hardest video games might be in Philadelphia. The Titans, Packers, Saints, and the ultimate Giants sport will all be at Lincoln Monetary Discipline. I’m not saying the Cowboys and Giants aren’t robust, however the Titans arguably match up greatest in opposition to the Eagles of anybody on this listing, the Saints have proven enchancment as of late, and the Packers, as poor as they’ve appeared, nonetheless have Aaron Rodgers. Moreover, the Eagles solely must play certainly one of these groups coming off a bye: the Chicago Bears. As surprisingly strong the Bears have been this yr, they aren’t going to beat the Eagles although. Certain, they added Chase Claypool, however the Eagles’ greatest energy is their secondary. Additionally they misplaced their greatest defensive participant in Roquan Smith, so…yeah.

“Any given Sunday” is the saying, proper? So, may the Eagles lose certainly one of these video games? Completely. I’m not saying they may undoubtedly go undefeated within the common season. Fairly, I’m shocked that the Eagles might need the chance to take action.

Let’s take a look at every matchup individually:

Houston Texans – I don’t assume I have to delve into this in any respect. Philly outclasses the Texans in each method. Must be a straightforward win.

Washington Commanders – Inconsistent quarterback play from Washington might be their downfall. The Commanders are close to the highest of the league in strain charge (4th place, at 26 p.c). Nonetheless, the Eagles’ offensive line has performed out of their minds in latest weeks. The Commanders are additionally a reasonably mediocre run protection, and the final time these two groups performed in Washington, Philadelphia held them to eight factors (solely six of which had been allowed by the protection), all of which got here in rubbish time.

Indianapolis Colts – Sam Ehlinger. That’s all that have to be mentioned. Jonathan Taylor can be coping with a nagging damage if that helps the argument in any respect.

Inexperienced Bay – This workforce is greatest when Rodgers seems to be good. The Philadelphia secondary has been devastating this yr, and with the inconsistencies operating the ball from Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon, Rodgers will in all probability must throw lots. Not a very good matchup.

Tennessee Titans – Probably the very best alternative for any workforce to beat the Eagles. A heavy dose of Derrick Henry will go proper into the enamel of the weakest a part of the Eagles’ protection. Defensively, the Titans are additionally fairly strong in opposition to the run permitting solely 4.2 yards per carry (seventh within the NFL).

New York Giants – The Giants are greatest once they management the clock. They’re third within the NFL in time of possession this yr. The Eagles are first. The shortage of explosiveness on offense for the Giants might be their downfall. They need to’ve made a transfer at receiver.

Chicago Bears – I already touched up on this. No Roquan Smith might be an issue. Chase Claypool doesn’t assist a lot given the energy of Philly’s secondary. Their greatest probability to create explosive offensive performs will doubtless come from oddball utilization of their gadget receivers like Claypool and Velus Jones Jr.

Dallas Cowboys – Even with Cooper Rush, the Cowboys weren’t blown out of the water by the Eagles in Week 6. That mentioned, most of Dallas’ offense got here within the second half after the Eagles had already constructed a snug lead. In the event that they hadn’t taken their foot off the pedal, who is aware of what the ultimate rating would’ve appeared like.

New Orleans Saints – They simply misplaced Michael Thomas for the season, however ought to be at full energy in any other case. They’ve improved dramatically on the offensive finish in latest weeks, coinciding with the resurgence of Alvin Kamara. Nonetheless, I don’t belief Andy Dalton to outplay Jalen Hurts.

New York Giants – see above

I’m not able to say the Eagles will definitely go undefeated, however I can’t assist however fantasize concerning the chance. I don’t assume they’re the very best workforce within the league and thus, in the event that they meet the Payments, Chiefs, and even the 49ers within the playoffs, I wouldn’t be shocked in the event that they pull a 2007 Patriots. That mentioned, an undefeated common season isn’t simply out of the query, it’s trying an increasing number of doable by the day. No matter their playoff outcomes, this could be the primary 17-0 document in NFL historical past, and I for one, hope we get to witness it.

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