When the clock ran out on the Philadelphia Eagles season following a very controversial game versus the Washington Football Team, they were accused of lying down by several members of another rival, the New York Giants. Months later, there was still some angst about that one.
Regardless of how you feel about that (most Birds fans could care less as they wanted the better draft pick anyway), none of that changes the more important lesson that came out of the 2021-2022 NFL season. The Philadelphia Eagles were a very bad football team, and as another football season approaches, they aren’t being a chance by the experts to be any better.
Recent NFL ranking names the Philadelphia Eagles as the NFC East’s worst team.
At the risk of opening old wounds, at the time, it didn’t seem like anything could be more excruciatingly painful than watching the Eagles battle their way to a 23-23 tie versus the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3. Keep in mind the fact that the Bengals were the only team in the AFC North that didn’t qualify for the postseason and wound up with a record that was identical to Philly’s win-loss total, 4-11-1.
Who would have known at that time that it would get worse? But, it did. It got much worse. The NFC East has been the NFL’s worst division in each of the last two seasons. In 2020, its champion, Washington, carved out seven wins.
No one is expecting a deep playoff run by any of its members in 2021, but here’s what’s worse. Even after addressing many of their needs in free agency and the NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles are expected by Pro Football Focus to make a repeat visit to the cellar when the curtain draws after their next 17 games.
PFF ranked them at 30 in their most recent NFL power ranking and gave them a less than one percent chance of hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Only the Houston Texans and Detroit Lions finished lower. Meanwhile, here’s where every other NFC East team landed. The Dallas Cowboys wound up at 17 while the aforementioned Washington Football Team and New York Giants landed at 20 and 26.
In other words, every NFC East team finished in the bottom half of the ranking. Let’s hope things don’t actually play out that way because if it does, it’s going to be a long and excruciating divisional race for a third straight season. Suddenly, the ‘NFC Least’ looks like a division that none of its members wants to win.