With the 2018 NFL season in the books, ESPN offers their first set of power rankings for the 2019 season.
The 2018 NFL season has finally concluded, and we’re sure glad that it’s all over. This season wasn’t ideal for the Philadelphia Eagles, but at least there are some things to be optimistic about for next year. Hopefully, the Eagles have another productive offseason, and the team stays as healthy as possible. With more time to rest up and avoid injuries, the Eagles should be more than ready to get back to the basics when spring workouts roll around.
The Eagles didn’t miss the playoffs like many thought they would back in November, but they were able to turn things around and make it to the divisional round of the playoffs. Therefore, they proved that they still have some of that Super Bowl swagger left in them, despite what many have said throughout the season. The Eagles will be a different squad next season, but not entirely. So, should they actually be counted out from a top ten early power rankings for 2019?
ESPN snubbed the Eagles once again
Not even one day removed from the Super Bowl, and ESPN decided to compile a ‘way-too-early’ power rankings list for next season. They decided to put the Super Bowl runner-ups, who scored three total points as the number one squad. Meanwhile, the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots come in at four. It doesn’t make much sense, but that’s not the point we’re going for here. Notice anything kind of off here, Eagles fans? Are you wondering where the Birds at on here?
Well, as it turns out, the Eagles are ranked at number 12, right behind the Pittsburgh Steelers, and in front of the Dallas Cowboys. And just like that, here we go again with the bulletin board material. We’re well aware of the fact that the Eagles tend to get discredited more often than not, but it’s flat out disrespectful to put them that far behind when they defeated at least four of the teams that made the top ten with a damaged roster.
We’re not upset here, just shocked – that’s all. You would think that the national media would learn by now to not count this team out. In 2017, many predicted that the Eagles would finish last in their division. They ended up locking in the NFC’s first seed, winning the championship and taking down the defending Super Bowl champions.
Then, analysts speculated that the Eagles wouldn’t make the playoffs in 2018. Little did they know they would get into a tough matchup with the New Orleans Saints on the road in the divisional round. Now, they aren’t a top ten team off the rip for the new year that’s going to be coming up? Sounds like a challenge that must be accepted by Doug Pederson and the Philadelphia Eagles. Bring on the new football year already!