The Philadelphia Eagles have been the final unbeaten group within the NFL for over a month, and have began 8-0 for the primary time in franchise historical past. There have been 40 groups which have began 8-0 in NFL historical past — 29 because the 1970 NFL/AFL merger — 14 of which have gained the Tremendous Bowl or NFL championship. So the Eagles will definitely take the 35% odds of hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Of these 40 groups that began 8-0, solely 4 have accomplished an ideal common season: the 1934 Chicago Bears, 1942 Chicago Bears, 1972 Miami Dolphins, and 2007 New England Patriots. The Dolphins have been the one group to finish the proper season — displaying how the duty to go undefeated is almost unattainable.
The Eagles do have a golden alternative to run the desk for the rest of the 2022 common season. Philadelphia will probably be going through 5 groups that at the moment have dropping information. The opposite 4 video games are in opposition to the NFC East (the place the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants are a mixed 12-4) and the lone group over .500 within the AFC South (Tennessee Titans).
Of the Eagles’ remaining opponents, their mixed file is 39-36-1 because the .510 win proportion is the Thirteenth-hardest within the NFL. Per Energy Rankings Guru, the Eagles have performed the simplest schedule within the NFL so far — but they’ve crushed two groups with six-plus wins on the schedule.
Going 17-0 will probably be troublesome, however the Eagles are gifted sufficient to seek out their approach into the historical past books. Let’s check out Philadelphia’s remaining schedule and predict the remaining set of video games.
The Eagles could have 11 days to arrange for Taylor Heinicke and the resurgent Commanders offense, as Carson Wentz is not going to be returning to face the group that drafted him (on injured reserve with a finger damage). Philadelphia’s protection sacked Wentz 9 instances within the first assembly because the Commanders did not rating till 1:55 left within the sport.
The Commanders offensive line is healthier with Heinicke beneath middle, and the move rush has settled in (and Chase Younger may be again). Philadelphia’s move offense nonetheless has a significant edge.
Prediction: Eagles win (9-0)
Week 11: at Colts (3-5-1)
The Colts offensive line has struggled all season, and it is affecting Jonathan Taylor. Indianapolis is Thirtieth in dashing yards per sport and yards per carry, whereas Taylor (who was inactive with an ankle damage in Week 9) is averaging solely 4.3 yards per carry with only one dashing landing on the season. Sam Ehlinger is extra cellular than Matt Ryan, however will probably be making simply his third profession begin in opposition to an Eagles protection that leads the league in takeaways.
Quick week for the Eagles, however the protection has the benefit over a Colts offense looking for its id.
Prediction: Eagles win (10-0)
Week 12: vs. Packers (3-6)
This sport is such a wild card for the Eagles. Aaron Rodgers is the perfect quarterback the Eagles will face all season, but the Packers offense is extremely inconsistent. Inexperienced Bay performs poor situational soccer, drastically lacking Davante Adams as a go-to receiver for Rodgers. The present Packers move catchers are a mismatch for the Eagles gifted secondary.
The Packers are going to need to run the soccer and shorten the sport to beat the Eagles. Inexperienced Bay can do it, however will they? The Eagles will problem a Packers run protection that’s twenty sixth within the NFL in rush yards allowed per sport after their Week 9 loss to the Lions.
Prediction: Eagles win (11-0)
Week 13: vs. Titans (5-3)
The tip of what seemed to be the Eagles’ most daunting stretch originally of the season, the Titans are one group that discovered its id after an 0-2 begin. Give the ball to Derrick Henry to attain factors and cease the run.
This sport will rely on whether or not Jordan Davis returns from his excessive ankle sprain (eligible to come back off injured reserve). That may be the Eagles’ counter to Henry, however A.J. Brown will need to show a degree in opposition to a Titans move protection that is allowed 15 move touchdowns on the yr (twenty ninth in NFL) coming into Week 9.
Prediction: Eagles win (12-0)
Week 14: at Giants (6-2)
Who is aware of the place the Giants will probably be at this stage of the season? This would be the third straight NFC East sport New York will play, however the Giants are in a golden place to have a profitable file at this level of the yr.
The Eagles misplaced in MetLife Stadium in Jalen Hurts’ worst sport as a beginning quarterback final yr, however the Giants enable a whole lot of yards on the bottom and their cornerback state of affairs is dire. Looks as if a sport the Eagles offense can get out to an early lead and management the move from there. A powerful begin is important.
Prediction: Eagles win (13-0)
Week 15: at Bears (3-6)
Chicago is a a lot improved group from the start of the season and Justin Fields is growing. The Bears nonetheless have the worst passing offense within the league and the Thirtieth-ranked run protection. That does not seem to be a really perfect method to beat an Eagles group that performs to its biggest strengths.
The Eagles are in attain for the first-round bye and home-field benefit this week. That will not be clinched this week, however they will deal with enterprise in Chicago.
Prediction: Eagles win (14-0)
Week 16: at Cowboys (6-2)
This extremely anticipated Christmas Eve matchup will probably be big for each groups, but the Cowboys could have extra to play for than the Eagles right here. Dak Prescott will give the Cowboys offense a a lot completely different look than Cooper Rush did, even when Philadelphia could have the division clinched by then (the Eagles have two video games in hand and the head-to-head tiebreaker over Dallas after Week 9).
If the Eagles do lose a sport, that is probably the most logical one. Inexperienced Bay, Tennessee, and New York are contenders for the primary loss, however the Eagles have not gained in Dallas since 2017. That streak continues if little is at stake for Philadelphia.
Prediction: Eagles lose (14-1)
Week 17 vs. Saints (3-5)
The Eagles clinch home-field benefit within the NFC playoffs with a win, having the chance to deal with a Saints group that turns the soccer over at an alarming charge (16 turnovers are third most in NFL) and rating factors off a protection that is twenty sixth within the NFL in factors allowed, coming into Monday night time’s sport in opposition to the Ravens.
An ideal file at house stays. The hunt to go undefeated is gone, however the street to the Tremendous Bowl goes by Lincoln Monetary Area.
Prediction: Eagles win (15-1)
Week 18: vs. Giants (6-2)
This sport does not imply something to the Eagles, and should not imply something to the Giants both. May very well be a matchup of the backup quarterbacks as many younger gamers on each groups get a chance at significant NFL snaps.
Successful 15 video games is sort of spectacular, particularly because the Eagles by no means have completed that in a daily season.
Prediction: Eagles lose (15-2)