The Super Bowl era (1966 to present)
The Philadelphia Eagles have begun their regular season with an 8-1 record four times during the Super Bowl era. Each time they have won the NFC Championship and have qualified for football's biggest game.
20 years after their third NFL Championship, the Eagles began their 1980 march with a mark of 8-1. This too would be a season to remember. They finished with a 12-4 record and the NFC East's crown.
The Birds beat the hated Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Championship Game at Veterans Stadium and qualified for their first-ever Super Bowl appearance but fell to the Oakland Raiders 27-10.
The Eagles enjoyed one of their best seasons in franchise history in 2004. Their 13-3 regular season march ended with a Super Bowl appearance that ended a depressing streak of NFC Championship Game losses, but a Super Bowl win would elude them.
They lost by a 24-21 margin to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX.
An 8-1 start to the 2017 season ended with a 13-3 record and the top seed in the NFC. Despite numerous injuries, the Eagles found playoff magic and won their first-ever Super Bowl via a 41-33 thrilling victory over the Patriots.
Philadelphia began the 2022 season with an 8-0 record before recording their first loss in Week 10 to the Washington Commanders. The regular season concluded with a franchise-best 14 wins and just three losses.
Two blowout playoff wins placed them in football's biggest game as the NFC's representative. Sadly, however, Super Bowl LVII ended with a narrow 38-35 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
What will 2023 bring?
It's exciting to know that in all the prior occasions where the Eagles started 8-1, they made an appearance in either an NFL Championship or Super Bowl. After last year's heartbreaking loss, it would mean everything to Philly fans to be able to avenge that disappointment.
Trust the Eagles to scratch and claw and give it everything that they have. We'll revisit this conversation in February with what we hope is a second Vince Lombardi Trophy.