Don’t look now, but one of the most recognizable and trusted voices in Philly sports radio just made a bold prediction. He’s got the Philadelphia Eagles winning 11 games.
Just walk around the streets of the “City of Brotherly Love” and mention the name Angelo Cataldi. You’ll get a reaction. Even with the release of the Philadelphia Eagles schedule, there are probably a good number of “Birds” fans that are talking about something he said on his highly-popular WIP-FM radio show right now.
For longer than some of you have been alive, Cataldi has ruled the morning with his witty and sometimes controversial takes as the lead voice on WIP’s Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team show.
Who are we kidding? The knowledge of Cataldi’s legend stretches beyond the streets of Philly to Eagles and Philadelphia sports fans all over the country. To call him a legend would be an understatement. He’s an author. He’s a member of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia’s Hall of Fame. He’s even been nominated for two Pulitzer Prize awards.
Following the release of the NFL schedule, he made a bold prediction concerning what he expects from the “Birds” in 2020. Take a look.
"I’m not sure I could have come up with a more favorable schedule for the Eagles than the one released last night. Three early sure wins, toughest opponents play at Linc, final game a cookie here. I dare you NOT to find 11 wins on that beautiful schedule."
Anyone who’s seen what Philly’s march through 2020 encompasses should be very happy with an 11-5 win-loss total if that’s, indeed, the endgame. They’ll face five teams that made the NFL Playoffs a season ago, including the defending NFC Champions, the San Francisco 49ers, on the road. The only playoff team from 2019-2020’s season from the NFC that they’ll miss is the Minnesota Vikings.
If a fourth straight playoff appearance is on the horizon, it won’t be easy. Buckle those chin straps. Expect some stressful moments in 2020. Let’s hope Cataldi is right. With all things considered, no one’s going to complain about 11 wins once the regular season is over if they pull it off with this gauntlet of a schedule.