Philadelphia, PA - Every football fan in the United States knew that the Philadelphia Eagles roster was strong throughout. Still, nobody, probably not even the head coach Nick Sirianni, predicted the Eagles would be the only unbeaten team in the league going into Week 8 of the 2022 NFL regular season. Sirianni's Eagles are soaring high, and Eagles fans are starting to believe they could see their beloved team lift the famous Vince Lombardi trophy for a second time.
Will The Eagles Go All The Way This Season?
The Philadelphia Eagles have appeared in three Super Bowls during their long history. They lost 27-10 to Oakland Raiders in 1980, lost 24-21 to the New England Patriots in 2005, and emerged victoriously 41-33 in a high-scoring affair against the Patriots in 2017. This Eagles team is far superior to the one that returned home with a Super Bowl ring on their finger, which is why people sports betting in Pennsylvania are lumping on the Eagles to become Super Bowl champions this season.
A Rock Solid Defense
A football team's offense and its quarterback, in particular, often gain plaudits from fans and experts. People love seeing players scoring touchdowns, but a solid defense usually wins you games. Through the season's first six games, the Philadelphia Eagles have the second-best defense in the league, trailing only the Super Bowl favorites, Buffalo Bills. The Eagles' defense limits opponents to a mere 4.7 yards per play, which is the fourth-fewest, and has a league-high 14 takeaways.
Their pass defense is incredible, too, with an average of only 188 passing yards allowed per game. Signing Haason Reddick on a three-year $45 million contract from the Carolina Panthers looks like a masterstroke because the outside linebacker has hit the ground running and is causing opposition offenses all kinds of problems.
A Talented Offense
Having such a rock-solid defense takes the pressure off those playing offense. Quarterback Jalen Hurts is one beneficiary of being free to play how he wants. A few question marks were hanging over Hurts, particularly his accuracy and ability to make big plays. Last season, Hurts improved his accuracy from 52% to 61.3%, but he was still ranked 26th out of 31 quarterbacks who started at least ten games. Hurts only made 16 touchdown passes (23rd in the league) and was tied for 22nd with only five 40-yard passing plays.
So far this season, Hurts has 66.8% accuracy, is averaging a career-best 8.2 yards per passing play, and has six passing touchdowns to his name. In addition, his rating has soared to 98.4%.
Part of the reasons for Hurts' impressive start to the campaign is the wide-receiving duo of DeVonta Smith and A.J. Brown. Smith is coming off the back of a solid rookie season that saw the former Alabama man live up to his tenth overall draft selection. Smith received 916 yards, an Eagles record for a rookie, and he already has 397 yards this campaign and is on course for a 1,000+ yard season.
Brown joined the Eagles from the Tennessee Titans, putting pen to paper on a four-year $100 million contract. Brown has already begun repaying the faith shown in him by racking up 503 receiving yards from five starts, including a franchise-record 155 yards on his debut in Week 1.
Can The Eagles Win The Super Bowl?
Eagles' confidence is sky-high after winning six consecutive games, and that impressive run should be extended in the coming weeks. Next up for the Eagles are arch-rivals Pittsburgh Steelers, who are 2-5, followed by the Houston Texans (1-4) and the Washington Commanders (3-4). It is challenging to find a case for the Eagles not to be 9-0 after the home clash against the Commanders. Indeed, the Eagles may be 11-0 after they battle with the inconsistent Indianapolis Colts and the equally unstable Green Bay Packers.
The Eagles are nailed on to reach the playoffs. Once there, it is something of a lottery, but there is something special about this Eagles team. We could see the Eagles win Super Bowl LVII in Arizona in February 2023.