Fun storylines surrounding Eagles vs Jaguars game ahead of kickoff

Brandon Graham, #55, Philadelphia Eagles, Fletcher Cox, #91, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles have only started 4-0 five times in franchise history.

The Philadelphia Eagles have gone 4-0 five times since the team began playing in 1933 (2004, 1993, 1992, 1981, and 1954). In only two of those years have the Eagles improved to 5-0.

The 2004 Philadelphia Eagles, one of the best teams in franchise history, were the latest to achieve the feat. They were led by Andy Reid and featured several franchise legends, including Donavan McNabb, Brian Westbrook, Terrell Owens, and Brian Dawkins.

2004’s Eagles began their season with a 7-0 start before being handed their first loss in their eighth game. They also crafted a 13-1 record with just two weeks remaining in the season. They rested their starters and finished 13-3.

They claimed the number one seed. They represented the NFC in the Super Bowl, but unfortunately, they lost to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX by a 24-21 score.

The 1981 Philadelphia Eagles were just the second team to reach 4-0 and the first of only two teams to reach the 5-0 plateau. They’d finally lose after six games.

Ron Jaworski was the quarterback. Dick Vermeil was their coach. Hall-of-Famer Harold Carmichael was also a part of that team. They’d enjoy a fantastic season one year before losing in the Super Bowl at the hands of the Oakland Raiders.

The 1981 Eagles would finish their season 10-6 and be eliminated in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs by the New York Giants.

The 1992 Philadelphia Eagles team would finish the season 11-5 following their 4-0 start. They’d win in the Wild Card round but lose to the Dallas Cowboys in the Divisional Round.

The 1993 Philadelphia Eagles (they also started 4-0) did not do much better. Following their 4-0 start, they lost six straight games and would finish the year 8-8 while missing the playoffs.

This was also Norman Braman’s final season as the Eagles’ owner. He would sell the team to Jeffrey Lurie before the 1994 NFL season. The rest, as they say, is history.

The 1954 Philadelphia Eagles were the first Philadelphia Eagles team to ever get out to a 4-0 start. The team that featured Eagles legend Chuck Bednarik but would only earn a 7-4-1 record at the campaign’s end. They’d fail to qualify for the postseason contention despite crafting a winning percentage of 68.2%, technically the equivalent of an 11 or 12-win season under the current regular-season format.