EAGLES TO THE SUPER BOWL, COLLINSWORTH SUGGESTS

By Mary Cunningham

Call it The Curse of Football Night in America

“You know the team that I think will have a chance this year is the Philadelphia Eagles,” Cris Collinsworth said Sunday night during the Bills-Giants telecast when asked about his Super Bowl favorite.

“I just feel like (head coach) Chip Kelly and what they did in that first year with that offense, I know they didn’t get it all in, but this year may be a little bit more advanced with (quarterback) Nick Foles. So I’m kind of keeping my eye on the Philadelphia Eagles.”

The Eagles seem to be on the tip of the tongue for all NFL analysts, as they are finishing near the top of most preseason-power rankings, and are a heavy favorite to win their own division and return to the playoffs.

Collinsworth, however, is the first national analyst to mention “Super Bowl” when talking about how far the Eagles could go. The Eagles have one of the best offenses in the league, and a defense that was better than many thought last season. As history has shown, once you get in the playoffs in the NFL, anything can happen.

Still, a jump from 4-12 in 2012 to the Super Bowl would be tough. According to Football Outsiders, 21 teams since 2001 have increased their win total by at least six games from the previous season to make the playoffs, which the Eagles did last season. Of those 21 teams, more teams failed to make the playoffs (13) than win a playoff game the following season. Only three of those teams made the Super Bowl, and only one won it

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