Eagles receiving national praise for impressive preseason


After just three preseason games, the Philadelphia Eagles are receiving praise from all over the nation. The people that were quick to question head coach Chip Kelly’s decisions earlier in the offseason are now calling him a genius. Those that were saying quarterback Sam Bradford was made of glass and wouldn’t be able to take a hit, they’re now eating their words.

But although it’s way to soon to start making any “dream team” claims once again, the Eagles have looked dominant through all three of their preseason games thus far. Their offense has looked unstoppable and the defense is much improved, especially along the back-end with new additions Byron Maxwell and Walter Thurmond in the secondary. Yet the early hype didn’t stop the Eagles from jumping multiple teams on VegasInsider.com to hold the fourth best odds among all NFL teams to win the Super Bowl.

The Eagles currently have 10/1 odds to win it all, trailing only the Indianapolis Colts (9/1), Green Bay Packers (15/2) and Seattle Seahawks (7/1). It’s somewhat shocking to see the Eagles ranked this high considering they have yet to play a meaningful game, but everything certainly is trending in the right direction. Now it’s up to the team to continue their impressive start and carry it into the regular season and potentially beyond.

Following each week of the preseason, BleacherReport.com holds it’s weekly awards where their writers and analysts vote on multiple topics. For the third, and most meaningful week of the preseason, the Eagles dominated the awards. The Eagles won “Team of the Week,”  while Bradford won “Best QB Performance” and “Player of the Week.”

Here’s what Gary Davenport had to say regarding Bradford’s insane performance against the Green Bay Packers:

"Sam Bradford has caught a lot of flak since entering the NFL back in 2010, largely related to the size of his rookie deal (a $78 million old CBA beast) relative to the number of games he’s been sidelined with a litany of injuries.Those injuries include a pair of ACL tears that have kept Bradford off the field dating to the midway point of the 2013 season.But if the preseason has been any indication, Bradford is about to have his vengeance upon the naysayers."

While it’s easy to get wrapped up in all of the preseason accolades, the Eagles know that it all means nothing right now. Nobody is going to look back on the 2015 season and say “oh, remember when the Eagles dominated during the preseason that year?” Nope, that just won’t happen.

But what people will remember is what the Eagles do on the field once the games really matter. Their journey to Super Bowl 50 begins on Monday Night Football against the Atlanta Falcons on September 14th. Until then, the Birds will have to keep their heads on right and not get too ahead of themselves. We’ve sadly seen this mess before in Philadelphia, hopefully there are no “dream team” proclamations this time around and the end result is much, much better.

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