Jason La Canfora is on record. He’s going with the Philadelphia Eagles to win the NFC East in 2019.
Ladies and gentlemen, we’re off and running. The NBA Playoffs aren’t doing it for everybody, and even though there’s no on-field football to talk about, it’s still on everyone’s minds. A banged-up Philadelphia Eagles team fought their way into the NFL Playoffs a season ago and even won a game in the Wildcard Round, so what’s everyone expecting for an encore? One of football’s most trusted voices offered his opinion recently.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports released his prediction on who he thinks will win every NFL division, and cue the drum roll. He’s going with The Birds to win the NFC East.
Who cares about Dwayne Haskins going to the Washington Redskins or that newfangled offense with the Dallas Cowboys? The Eagles won the 52nd Super Bowl, and after finishing their most recent season by earning a ton of respect from football fans everywhere, hope around the fan base is high again this season.
Hey, this team was banged up and nearly avenged their ugliest loss of the season, a shellacking by the New Orleans Saints. Had Philly gotten past the guys in black and gold in the Divisional Round, they would have found themselves in a second-straight NFC Championship Game.
What might a healthy and retooled Eagles team be able to accomplish in 2019? Here’s some of what La Canfora is thinking.
"I don’t see this being close, either. Carson Wentz may be the NFL MVP and they have fortified key areas of need, like OL and RB. They’re far ahead of every other team in this division in terms of roster composition and depth and a superior pedigree in front office/coaching. Of course, Wentz’s health could be an issue again, and there will be no Nick Foles magic to conjure in 2019, but I am going by what we see on a depth chart right now, and in the NFC East I don’t see it being difficult to determine that one of these teams is not like the others (especially with two of them just selecting QBs in the first round)."
That should put a smile on your face as you walk into the weekend. Philly’s got their franchise quarterback, Carson Wentz, coming back from injury. They’ve got a healthy stable of running backs and receivers. They’re loaded at several positions on both sides of the ball, and they added a nice group of rookies to fill some areas of need.
It’s much too early to start making Super Bowl predictions, but trust and believe that you’ll be seeing a few of those soon. Until then, try and keep your excitement contained as best you can. If this team doesn’t make the playoffs, that will be a huge disappointment.