By Annie Ross
With a 4-6 record, the defending champion Eagles are experiencing the dreaded Super Bowl Hangover.
Philly was one of the best teams in the NFL last season and was expected to be among the inner-circle contenders this year, but instead has fallen back toward the pack.
Much of the blame can be placed on the team’s defense, which has struggled badly after looking like one of the best units in the NFL a year ago.
In 2017, the Eagles ranked fourth in both yards and points allowed, as well as fifth in defensive efficiency, per Football Outsiders’ DVOA.
This year, they are 23rd in yards allowed, 12th in points allowed, and 22nd in DVOA.
The pass defense, in particular, has struggled, as the team has just dealt with a ton of injuries on the back end.