There's another level of intrigue added to games played between the members of the NFC East. The home of four of the NFL's most popular teams of the past quarter century, league offices often do all within their power to feature battles between the Philadelphia Eagles and their rivals as standalone or primetime games whenever they pop up on the schedule.
The Washington Commanders even got a little push despite some turmoil and a name change. Their fans are frustrated. They are still one of the game's most expansive and loyal contingents, but that's beside the point. All of that has been said to say this.
Teams can fall on hard times. The level of play may not always be up to snuff, but the National Football Conference's Eastern Division is perhaps the most discussed in all of football. During the coming season, that fact isn't going to change.
NFL experts guess the Eagles' win-loss totals and those of their NFC East rivals.
The Philadelphia Eagles tackle a first-place schedule during the 2023-2024 NFL season. Six of their 17 games will pit them against NFC East competition: the Washington Commanders, the Dallas Cowboys, and the New York Giants.
Each team meets the members of the AFC East and NFC West. One of Philly's goals is to become the first team in this division to take the crown in consecutive seasons since the Birds won four straight division titles from 2001 to 2004. Most believe the race will be won by the Eagles or Cowboys. Here's how some of the experts see things shaking out.
Philadelphia Eagles (13-4), Dallas Cowboys (11-6) New York Giants (9-8), Washington Commanders (6-11)
The FOX Sports NFL staff sees things unfolding similarly to the way things did last season. The Eagles and Cowboys win one less game than they did a season ago. The G-Men again win nine games. Here are some theories about the Birds.
"Want to know if the Eagles are primed for another run at the Super Bowl? Watch them during their four-game stretch after the bye-week. They have a Super Bowl rematch and an NFC championship game rematch plus games against the Cowboys and Bills. Then they have to go to Seattle after that? Good thing they can fatten up their record in the first half. They will be tested before their playoff run. "- Ralph Vacchiano
Philadelphia Eagles (10-7), Dallas Cowboys (10-7), New York Giants (9-8), Washington Commanders (6-11)
CBS Sports provides both Caesars Win Totals and win-loss projections. The Birds and Boys wind up with ten wins apiece in this scenario. The only thing left out of this discussion is an answer about who wins the division via the tiebreaker. We would have loved to have had an answer.
Pro Football Network
Philadelphia Eagles (12-5), Dallas Cowboys (12-5), New York Giants, (9-8), Washington Commanders (7-10)
Philly and Dallas produce an identical win total in Pro Football Network's projection. Here. they both win 12 games. The Commanders, in this scenario, are given a more generous win total (seven). Here's more.
"Even after losing both coordinators and several standout starters in free agency, the Philadelphia Eagles might have the best and deepest roster in the NFL. There’s no reason to think they won’t challenge for the top overall seed in the NFC once again. However, it’s also fair to say they have less depth than last year, and there’s more uncertainty as they break in two new coordinators.- PFN staff
The Eagles’ schedule appears quite favorable. Facing the Dolphins, Bills, and 49ers at home is a godsend. They also face their toughest stretch immediately after their Week 10 bye, allowing their staff to re-tool when it matters the most."
Philadelphia Eagles (11 wins), Dallas Cowboys (10.7 wins), New York Giants (7.5 wins), Wasington Commanders (5.4 wins)
We conclude our tour with ESPN. They provide a projected win total and OVER/UNDERs as well. Overall, they come up with some intriguing findings.
No team can win 10.7 games (that's the guess for Dallas) or 10.5 wins like the G-Men. This does, however, tell us what we're looking for.
The Philadelphia Eagles are the favorites to win the division here. Dallas finishes second with a double-digit win total, and the Commanders allow the Giants to stay out of the cellar.
Inside The Iggles prediction
Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Commanders
Well of course we had to join the party, and we agree with most outlets. Philly wins the division for a second consecutive season. The Cowboys are the runner-ups with the Giants and Commanders finishing third and fourth. Let's hope Brian Daboll doesn't win another Coach of the Year trophy after notching another third-place finish. We're still scratching our heads about that one.