Thursday Evening Soccer noticed the Philadelphia Eagles win their eighth recreation in a row, a 29-17 victory over the woeful Houston Texans. Whereas many individuals have claimed the Eagles are frauds as a consequence of their lackluster schedule, it’s laborious to disclaim simply how electrical their offense has appeared and the way stout their protection has been. No matter opponent, Nick Sirianni’s crew passes the attention check with flying colours, therefore why so many consultants have Philly close to or on the high of their NFL energy rankings.
Eight consecutive wins to begin the season isn’t any mild activity. Whereas the common season nonetheless isn’t even midway over for this staff, folks have began wanting ahead, predicting a possible undefeated season. Hell, even I’ve accomplished that. However what’s an undefeated common season price if you happen to don’t win the chip?
The 1972 Dolphins have a hoop. The 2007 Patriots don’t. Common season accomplishments are hole if a victorious postseason doesn’t comply with. Sadly for the Eagles, the historical past behind different groups to begin the season 8-0 isn’t very flattering.
Since 2010, 11 groups have began the season with a file of 8-0 or higher. None have gone on to win the Tremendous Bowl. The newest staff to begin with a minimum of eight consecutive wins and win the Lombardi Trophy was the 2009 Drew Brees-led Saints. Since then, we’ve seen quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Alex Smith, Andy Dalton, Tom Brady (twice), Cam Newton, Jared Goff, Ben Roethlisberger, and Jimmy Garoppolo all fall sufferer to the 8-0 curse. Solely three of them — Garoppolo, Newton, and Goff — reached the Tremendous Bowl. Of the opposite seven, 5 have been eradicated of their first-round playoff recreation. Now, it’s Jalen Hurts’ flip to attempt to break the streak.
If we return additional than 2010, there’s purpose to be optimistic. There have been 17 different groups within the Tremendous Bowl Period to begin 8-0 or higher. Eight of them went on to win the Tremendous Bowl, together with two consecutive winners within the 1990 Giants and ’91 Redskins. Nevertheless it’s been slim pickings ever since.
There is some worry that the Eagles’ will suffer the same fate as most who have come before. Their weak schedule has lots of NFL fans thinking about the 2020 Steelers who never looked dominant during their 11-game win streak and had their hopes of an ideal season dashed by a reincarnated Alex Smith. That loss opened the floodgates and L’s began piling up left and proper. Pittsburgh misplaced 4 of its remaining 5 video games, with the lone win being a four-point victory over the Indianapolis Colts. The Steelers have been so dangerous within the remaining stretch that they didn’t even get a first-round bye.
Fortunately for Philly followers, the Eagles gained’t should play groups as high-caliber because the 2020 Payments or as favored by the soccer gods because the 2020 Washington Soccer Crew. However that gained’t assist in the postseason when the masterful run protection of the 49ers comes into city. Apart from them although, I’m undecided there’s a staff within the NFC that matches up effectively with the Eagles. The Cowboys, perhaps? We all know the Vikings don’t. Minnesota appeared extra like frail youngsters than Norse warriors throughout their Week 2 matchup with the Birds.
Principally, the Eagles have appeared good, however perhaps not as nice as we’d like an 8-0 staff to be. That stated, the NFC appears about as straightforward because the Japanese Convention was for many of LeBron James’ profession, and that’s a very good signal for Philly’s Tremendous Bowl aspirations.