Bleacher Report had a team of eight experts vote on an eventual NFC East champion. A majority of the selections were for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Since the early 2000s, the NFC East division hasn’t had a repeat champion. The Philadelphia Eagles were the last to do so, and they failed to renew their divisional title in 2018 as well, keeping the long streak alive. Last season, the Eagles managed to squeak into the playoffs with a 9-7 record. But the Dallas Cowboys’ 10-6 record gave them the title of the East.
The Cowboys plan to defend their divisional title, on the hunt for back to back wins — but the Eagles are going to have something to say about that. The Birds must be out for revenge in 2019. Obviously, a division title isn’t the end all be all, but it’s a must-win for the Birds as they are likely looking to try and lock in home-field advantage throughout the playoffs once again.
Plus, getting swept by the Cowboys in 2018 offers some crucial bulletin board material on the Eagles quest to having a comeback season this year. They made the upgrades throughout the offseason, and a lot of their injured players from last year are getting back to full health. Looking at the Eagles on paper, they are Super Bowl contenders. And in the eyes of eight experts over at Bleacher Report, they are the favorites to snag the division title once again.
What are the experts saying?
"“The roster is stacked at nearly every position,” Tanier said. “There’s an intriguing mix of youth and Super Bowl experience. And the only serious challengers in the division are the Cowboys, who can be counted on to slip into a slump at the first sign of adversity. There’s a lot of MVP buzz around Carson Wentz, and it’s legit. If he’s healthy—and he sure looked and sounded healthy in minicamp—nothing will stop this team from winning the division and probably much more.”"
The Eagles ended up with five votes from eight experts. The remaining three votes went to the Dallas Cowboys as nobody believes the Redskins or the Giants are close to competing for a division title this season. While the Cowboys are a talented bunch, their struggles on the sidelines with the coaching staff could prevent them from taking their team to the next level.
On the other hand, the Eagles not only have a solid coaching staff, but they also have a good amount of Super Bowl tested players. A lot of these guys were on board for the 2017 run. Therefore, they know what it takes to get there. Barring another season full of injuries, the Eagles could and should wrap up the year by getting back on top of the NFC East.