🏈 Philly Looks Ready To Run It Back
Home to some of the most iconic franchises in the NFL, you never know what to expect in the NFC East, but it's always a wild ride. The reigning NFC champs will have their work cut out for them this season, but they're looking just as dangerous this time around. Take a look at the division odds 😈 (3 min read)
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NFC East Preview
Man, has it been a crazy few years in the NFC East. Flashback to the the 2020 season, and you’ll see the then-named Washington Football Team sitting atop the division…with just a 7-9 record 🤢
But last year? Every team in the East finished at least .500, and all but one (apologies for the salt in the wound, Commanders fans) reached the postseason
Of course, none made a deeper run than the Eagles. The division champs and the NFC’s top seed thanks to a 14-3 record, they came up just short in their quest for a Lombardi Trophy 😩
The #Eagles are still not completely over the Super Bowl loss to the #Chiefs
WR AJ Brown was asked by @Deestroying if NFL referees call defensive holding in the NFL.
AJ Brown answered: “All the time, but refs don't call it. They never call it."
"They just called it during the… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman)
Jul 27, 2023
Super Bowl appearances don’t come around often, and in this league, championship windows often slam shut as quickly as they open. But the Philly team we saw last year looks like a dominant force with staying power 📈
It certainly helps when you’ve got a franchise QB, and if last year is any indication, the Eagles can check that box with emphasis. Jalen Hurts silenced any remaining doubters with an MVP-caliber campaign that landed him at #3 in the NFL’s Top 100 list. Oh, and that was just his second season as a starter — fans are ready for another level-up this year👇
Jalen Hurts is the most-bet player to win NFL MVP this season at +1100 👀💰
— PFF Bet (@PFF_Bet)
Aug 9, 2023
Hurts has the fifth-best odds to capture this year’s MVP award, and he’ll have the playmakers to help his case. A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith and Dallas Goedert are all returning to an offense that ranked third in the league last year, and while 1,000-yard rusher Miles Sanders is gone, the new group of Kenneth Gainwell, De’Andre Swift and Rashad Penny should be capable of carrying the load 😤
The #Eagles have Kenny Gainwell as the RB1 to start 11-on-11.
D’Andre Swift entered 2 plays later and run for a 50-yard TD. Also lined up Swift out wide.
That’s the combo right now.
— Jeff Kerr (@JeffKerrCBS)
Aug 14, 2023
The Eagle defense lost some big names that from last year’s unit that allowed the second-fewest YPG in the league, but reinforcements from a universally acclaimed draft class should help ease the pain. To summarize, not only does Philly look as dangerous as they did last year — they look like they could be even better 👀
The Cowboys are the most obvious challenger to the Eagles’ NFC East supremacy, and like their rivals, they’re also returning most of last year’s core (with a few exceptions — gonna be so weird seeing Zeke in a Patriots’ uniform 😳)
Dallas has the star power on both sides of the ball to go toe-to-toe with Philly, with one glaring exception; Dak Prescott was simply not good last season. The two-time Pro Bowler has the track record to get back to that level of play, but reports out of camp have been a bit concerning ⬇️
QB Dak Prescott continues to struggle with turnovers in training camp. He has thrown two to Diggs this afternoon.
Dak lead the league in interceptions a season ago and has said its a point of emphasis to clean it up.
— NFL Notifications (@NFLNotify)
Aug 8, 2023
Unsurprisingly, quarterback play will also be the overwhelming X-factor elsewhere in the division. In New York, Daniel Jones will look to prove he’s worth $40 million a year…
Spoiler alert; he’s not. But at least Saquon is back in action with a new contract and looking as electric as ever ⚡️
Haven’t seen this move by #Saquon get stopped yet
— el Jefé (@JefePil)
Aug 8, 2023
And in D.C., Sam Howell will look to prove he’s the long-term answer for a team that’s needed one for a while…
The list of QBs drafted on Day 3 who have had extended success in the NFL is not a long one, but Howell is at least looking the part in camp. I’m just hoping a questionable O-line can keep him upright 😂
Sam Howell is going to shock a lot of people in the media, and i’m ready for all of it.
— Tee🥱 (@HimmyCarter_)
Aug 8, 2023
Both the Giants and Commanders showed last year that they could win games without star QB production, so don’t count out either from making a Wild Card push this season. But within the division, they’re looking like longshots to compete with the Birds and the Boys. Take a look at each team’s divisional odds 👇
Trivia Question: Before Miles Sanders topped the 1,000-yard mark last season, who was the last Eagles’ rusher to do so?
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For My Parlay Gurus
I’m calling it now — we’re getting Eagles vs. Bills in Super Bowl LVIII. Last year was no fluke and I’m all aboard the Philly hype train once again, so I’ll be parlaying accordingly. Check it out 👇
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Trivia Answer: LeSean McCoy rushed for 1,319 yards in 2014, and then the Eagles went nine straight seasons without a 1,000 yard rusher
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