Five reasons the Eagles will repeat as NFC East champions
We are 50 days away from the NFL season kicking off from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. The Eagles will unveil their Super Bowl 52 banner as they take on the Atlanta Falcons. The Eagles will be looking for a repeat this season and doing so will involve repeating as NFC East champions. The NFC East has not had a repeat champion since 2001-2004 when the Eagles won four straight times. Here are five reasons why the Eagles will repeat as NFC East champions.
Wentz Wagon rolling again
Carson Wentz was unstoppable before going down with an ACL injury. He threw 33 touchdowns and the Eagles went 5-0 against the NFC East in games Wentz started last season. Their only loss was a week 17 against Dallas where the starters were resting. With a healthy Wentz back to run this offense if he can return to the form, he was playing at pre-injury the birds are in excellent shape. As it stands the North Dakota State product is on track to start Week one.
Through 14 games, @cj_wentz threw 33 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions.
— NFL (@NFL) December 12, 2017
Best roster top to bottom
Many around the NFL believe that the Eagles have the best roster from top to bottom. That was exemplified last season. With the injuries suffered to Wentz, Jason Peters and Darren Sproles just to name a few this team continued to fight. That depth will be critical to this seasons success. The team is already without starting linebacker Nigel Bradham for week one. With depth to go along with an abundance of talent if this team plays up to its potential the NFC East crown will stay in Philly.
The Eagles have the best roster in the NFL pic.twitter.com/trhxRgrSt1
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) May 15, 2018
Doug Pederson staying aggressive
When Pederson was hired at first the move wasn’t the flashy move many expected. However, the move seems like the signing of the century for Eagles fans. Pederson has captured the locker room and gotten the best out of every single player in this group. His aggressive approach to the game is what gave his team the edge over the Patriots. The Eagles stayed aggressive all season and as long as Pederson keeps his foot on the pedal the Eagles are in great shape for years to come.
Hungry dogs run faster
The Eagles players know this is just the beginning. They have the potential to embark on a dynasty with the group of guys in that locker room. Jason Kelce stated that “one bowl of food isn’t going to suffice”. This team while being the top dog is still embracing the underdog role. They are motivated to continue to prove the doubters wrong who will say the Eagles cant win again. This extra motivation is more fuel to the fire for the champs.
"We've been a starving dog for 52 years and one bowl of food isn't going to suffice."@Eagles center Jason Kelce on still being the underdog while trying to repeat as Super Bowl Champs. pic.twitter.com/vbRnSodZWs
— GMFB (@gmfb) May 16, 2018
Stability at the top
The Eagles have the most stability out of all the teams in the division. Look at the Redskins. They traded for Alex Smith but who knows if he will find similar success in D.C. The Giants have a new head coach in Pat Shurmer and also an aging Eli Manning at Quarterback. And finally, the Cowboys have lost Dez and have players facing suspensions to beging the season. All these teams have numerous questions that need to be answered. It seems it is a toss up between these three teams as to who will emerge as a contender.
Quest to defend begins soon
The NFC East is the most competitive division in the NFL. Its been 13 years since there was a repeat champion. By no means will repeating be easy but i believe the Eagles will be up to the task. If the Eagles stay hungry they will not only win the NFC East but hoist the Lombardi trophy again next year.
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