The Philadelphia Eagles: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia


QB Jalen Hurts celebrates in the Eagles’ win against the Packers

The Philadelphia Eagles have gotten off to a blazing 10-1 start to the season. The number one seed in the NFC has looked formidable. Their offseason additions have proved to be phenomenal, most notably WR AJ Brown and DBs James Bradberry and C.J. Gardner Johnson. Most importantly, their QB Jalen Hurts has emerged as an MVP candidate.

Even with all that, there are a lot of doubts about this team. Most of the doubts come from their easy schedule. Their only loss was a bad one against the Washington Commanders. But I counter that by bringing up the Eagles’ 2017 season. The Eagles had a really easy schedule that year too, but what happened that season? The Eagles won the Super Bowl.

So an easy schedule is not enough to invalidate their season. Easy schedule or not, they boast an elite offense and defense. On offense, the Eagles can beat you anyway they want. They can run you over with Miles Sanders and Kenneth Gainwell, or they can light you up in the passing game with the Batman Trio of AJ Brown, DeVonta Smith, and Quetz Watkins, not to mention a top Tight End in Dallas Goedert. Jalen Hurts can throw for 300 yards or run for 100 which makes this dual threat offense so dangerous. The RPO plays have killed defenses all season long, and the Eagles’ Offensive Line makes this all possible. Veteran all pros Jason Kelce and Lane Johnson are playing better than ever with the younger Jordan Mailata, Landon Dickerson, and Issac Seumalo supporting them. The combination makes up one of the best O-lines in the league.

The defensive end is just as good. The front of the Eagles defense is the best in the league. Veterans Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, and Javon Hargrave are players no offensive line wants to face. The Eagles just signed two more veteran pass rushers in Linval Joseph and Ndamukong Suh. Rounding out the D-line is rookie powerhouse Jordan Davis. Davis has been a huge factor for the Eagles team and is already one of the best pass rushers in the league.

Then you look at the secondary; the CB duo of Darius Slay and James Bradberry reside in Philadelphia and have terrorized receivers all year long. Backing them up is Safety C.J. Gardner Johnson who is the league leader in interceptions. When this Eagles team is hot they can beat everyone and anyone who lines up against them.

Recently they have shown signs of decline in a horrible loss against the Commanders (to be fair the refs were not in the Eagles’ favor) and an ugly win against the Colts. But they had a fairly good win against the Packers and look to be bouncing back. They are the favorite to be the first seed in the NFC, but they still have divisional games against the Cowboys and Giants left. Anything can happen in those. But this Eagles team absolutely has Super Bowl potential. The defense needs to get more consistent and AJ Brown needs to get back to his early season form. Once those problems get fixed, the Eagles will  have a very good chance to head to Glendale to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl come February.