Last season, the Philadelphia Eagles began the season with a horrid 3-5 record. The team was looking for answers and then Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles happened. Foles had his brush with immortality in which he tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes. That single win against the Oakland Raiders sparked a five game winning streak and ultimately ended on a 7-1 run and a wildcard berth against the New Orleans Saints at Lincoln Financial Field. That run culminated in a 10-6 overall record for the birds . Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly caught lightning in a bottle with the 2013 version of the Philadelphia Eagles.
The 2014 season will undoubtedly play out a bit differently. This season the Eagles will face the dreaded NFC West as well as the AFC South in interconference play. The NFC West plays host to the reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. Also in the NFC West are the San Fransisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals, and St. Louis Rams. All four teams have very stout defenses and points will come at a premium if the Eagles hope to win those games.
The Eagles have the pleasure of playing the AFC South which should be considered a blessing. Based on the teams records in 2013 the only team that I see giving the Eagles a rough time is the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football. Now as fans know from watching the NFL from year-to-year, no game can be considered an automatic win. From this vantage point the Eagles look like they are in splendid shape as far as scheduling is considered.
Some fans may not realize this, but the Eagles play one team in each remaining NFC division that corresponds with their finish the previous year. In 2013, the Eagles finished as Division Champs, which means the Philadelphia Eagles will be playing the division Champions of the NFC South (Carolina Panthers) and NFC North (Green Bay Packers). The Carolina Panthers do not scare me as much as the Green Bay Packers do. I feel like the Panthers took a step backwards considering they lost Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton‘s top two receiving options in free agency. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers will always keep the Green Bay Packers in games as long as he is healthy. Eagles fans should remember when the Eagles faced the Packers last season, Rodgers was injured and did not play in the game.
After looking over the schedule and analyzing it, I feel like the Eagles are in a great position to repeat as division champions in 2014. Sure, the Eagles are going to play some tough games, especially those pesky NFC East divisional games and games against their NFC West foes. I have faith that Chip Kelly will have the Eagles ready to go no matter who the organization faces each week. The way the schedule lines up, I could see the Eagles finishing with the same 10-6 record as last season and another wildcard berth for the reigning NFC East Champs.