The Eagles were supposed to roll this thing, says ESPN. No team has repeated as NFC East champs since Philly did it in 2003 and 2004, but it was pretty hard in August to find anyone picking anybody else to win this division.
If you can win the Super Bowl with your backup quarterback, what’s so hard about beating out these three teams over a full season once you get your starter back, right?
But Carson Wentz’s return hasn’t been the Mummers Parade victory lap everyone expected it to be. Wentz’s numbers are fine, but he has been sacked 12 times in his three games back, and the Eagles’ offense seems to lack the dynamic element it had last year before Wentz’s knee injury ended his MVP run.
The champs are a good bet to get better, but the schedule doesn’t do them any favors.
They go on the road to play those angry Giants in a short-week Thursday night game and still have road games against the Saints and Rams, a London game against the Jaguars and all six of their division games still ahead of them.
The Eagles may well repeat as division champs, but they’d have to run the table to repeat last year’s 13-3 record: