Potential breakout candidates for each Eagles division rival

Jake Ferguson #87, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The NFC East is back, and the Eagles look to stave off their rivals in 2023.

Well, you can’t call them the ‘NFC Least’ anymore. The Money Division is back baby! During the 2022-2023 NFL season, an 18-week, 17-game grind by the four members of the NFC East led to a combined record of 43-23. The Philadelphia Eagles finished with a franchise-record 14 triumphs. The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants joined them as playoff teams. The Washington Commanders finished with an 8-8-1 record and would have joined their rivals as postseason qualifiers had they been more knowledgeable about league rules.

Hey, don’t blame us for being truthful. Blame Ron Rivera. That’s on him and his staff, but anyway, we digress.

The point is we’ve come a long way from the days when the winners of the NFC East needed only nine wins to qualify for the postseason. The question now is this. What’s next for all of these teams?

The Philadelphia Eagles look to do something no team in this division has done in almost 20 seasons, win a second consecutive divisional crown (Philly won four straight from 2001 until 2004). It won’t be easy as the hunters have become the hunted. All four teams hope to get better this offseason. All four teams hope they’ll have a few of their players take the next step this season as that would be beneficial. Here’s a look at some breakout candidates for each of Philly’s division rivals.