Eagles are on top of the NFC, and their schedule gets easier

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The Eagles’ win over the Panthers on Thursday night gave Philadelphia a 5-1 record, the best in the NFC. But their playoff position is even stronger than that.

Philadelphia’s schedule only gets easier the rest of the way, meaning that even if the Eagles don’t play quite as well over their last 10 games as they have over their first six, there are a lot of winnable games left on the schedule. The Eagles only play three games the rest of the season against teams that currently have winning records.

That’s in large part because Philadelphia’s early schedule was heavy on road games. The Eagles are the only team in the NFL that has already played four road games, but they now get a long home stretch: They’re at home against Washington, San Francisco and Denver the next three weeks, and then they have their bye. The Eagles don’t travel again for more than a month; their next road game is at Dallas on November 19.

After that game at Dallas, the Eagles get benefit from their easy schedule again with a home game against the Bears. The Eagles finished last in the NFC East last year and the Bears finished last in the NFC North, so the Eagles get that easy game against the Bears on their schedule. Philadelphia’s NFC East rivals have already suffered from a tougher schedule against the NFC North, as the Cowboys lost to the Packers and the Giants lost to the Lions. (Washington plays Minnesota in Week 10.)

A lot can happen over the course of 10 remaining games, but the Eagles already have a two-game lead in the NFC East, and they have every reason to be optimistic that lead will grow.

49 responses to “Eagles are on top of the NFC, and their schedule gets easier

  1. Some were saying 8-8 or 9-7 before the season. I was more at 10-6 or 11-5 if things went great. 12-4 was a pipe dream. I’m now thinking it could be 13-3. Most of the true fans thought we’d be better than last year, but were probably 2 or even 3 years away from being a real contender. I’m starting to think I was wrong. This team believes in itself and may belive it can win it all. Teams like that might just do it and are very dangerous. Exciting to watch!

  2. When and/or if the Packers are eliminated from contention either by the hand of the Eagles or other, I would love to see the Eagles go all the way.

  3. A bit too much green in those green tinted glasses. Yes, the Eagles only play 3 games against teams with CURRENT winning records. However, the Cowboys are 2-3 after tough losses to the Packers, Broncos, and Rams. Washington has an even record because they had a bye. They won’t lose to the 49ers this week. Add in the Broncos, the Raiders, Rams and the Seahawks…That is 7 tough games remaining this year.

  4. ninjapleazee says:
    October 14, 2017 at 7:57 am
    *Eagles beat Carolina Panthers and referees

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    Oh come on. If there was a bad call in there so what there was probably one going the other way too. I watched that game and the Panthers got out played pure and simple. I had Funchess on my fantasy team so trust I was rooting for otherwise.

  5. If they stay healthy, they’re now the kind of team that nobody wants to face. They’ve got depth (the way the secondary has weathered injuries is a real testament to Roseman). They’re talented. They’re very physical in all phases. On offense they’re even more physical than Reid’s teams, which were mostly about speed and finesse, especially after Duce Stanley left.

    All that said, let’s not get too carried away. They’ve beaten one very good team lost to another, and the rest of their wins have come versus teams that are above average (Washington) and terrible (NYG, Cardinals, and Chargers). And they barely squeaked by both of those terrible teams. They also lack big game experience.

    I’d love to see them go deep in the playoffs, and this easy schedule will help make that easier to achieve. But an easy schedule also might make it hard to figure out if they’re the team that took it to Carolina, or the one that almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory v the Giants and the Chargers.

  6. Both the Panthers and the Redskins handed them the ball with a short field multiple times with unforced errors. Those two games were practically given to them. They lost to the chiefs and beat 3 terrible teams (some just barely).

    Is it really time to crown them?

  7. I am looking forward to another Eagles collapse. Fly Eagles Fly to another disappointing season. Poor Eagles fans have no Superbowls and the NFC East has more than any other division with 12.

  8. Weren’t the Eagles 5-1 or 4-2 last year before they lost most of the remaining games? No dog in the fight just asking.. I’d rather see the eagles doing well then any other team in the east or NFC really besides the Vikings..

  9. The only sure thing about the Eagles season is that if they make the playoffs it will end with a loss. The only way it ends with a win is if they don’t make the playoffs and they win the last game of the regular season. So, Eagles fans…choose your poison.

  10. Everyone knows it’s a QB league. You get a great QB, and you become a good team. At the time of the draft, there were a lot of opinions on Carson Wentz. I wonder if there could ever be some sort of league data base where all scouts and personnel people could report their grades on QBs. Not the other positions, just QBs, since one great player is potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars to a franchise. I wonder if any owners have ever brought this up. Jimmy Haslam maybe?

  11. joedskins1959 says:
    October 14, 2017 at 8:52 am
    I am looking forward to another Eagles collapse. Fly Eagles Fly to another disappointing season. Poor Eagles fans have no Superbowls and the NFC East has more than any other division with 12.
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    The Skins haven’t been even relevant in 27 years. Thanks for the facts on the Super Bowls. We Eagles fans don’t realize that we have never won the Super Bowl. Allow us to return the favor and remind you that we owned the division for a decade plus.

    I would like to know what collapse you were referring to? We didn’t play well without Johnson last year and probably looked better than we were for the first few games of the season. I remember losing too many games at the end of 2014, where we finished 10-6 but didn’t make the playoffs. The birds generally do not collapse. They cause other teams to collapse. We’ve now had three miracles against the Giants and watched the Cowboys football away opportunity after opportunity over the last decade. The R words have been an afterthought almost every year. But hey, it’s cool: keep reminding us we haven’t yet have won the Super Bowl. It’s all you’ve got.

  12. I wouldn’t look past any NFC East team, they always play each other tough even when 1 is having a down year. If they finish 11-5 that surpasses my expectation for this year.

  13. As a Cowboy’s fan I had no faith in my team team this year due to a young secondary, new offensive line personnel and a certain running backs upcoming suspension! I have always liked Wentz; tough kid. So I don’t see the usual Philly collapse as in their past. We shall see…..

  14. dhandevidt says:
    October 14, 2017 at 8:57 am
    Weren’t the Eagles 5-1 or 4-2 last year before they lost most of the remaining games? No dog in the fight just asking.. I’d rather see the eagles doing well then any other team in the east or NFC really besides the Vikings..
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    Nope. We were 3-0 when we got jobbed in Detroit by Morelli’s crew (it wasn’t just the penalties…the Mathews fumble was a dead ball). After that, we lost Johnson for 10 games. Finished 7-9. Rookie coach abd QB. It’s clearly a different year

  15. .
    Eagles offensive coordinator, Frank Reich, should be singled out for the rapid advancement of Wentz. After all, he’s in his second year out of North Dakota State, hardly known as a football factory.
    .

  16. great point…wentz’s development ….addition of Blount…improvement of Aghalor are huge… then addition of Jerigan to defense and some good luck that their your cornerbacks don’t suck…..really impressive…..especially Wentz… he will terrorize the NFC for the next 15 years. He gets better every game…and who would have thought Pederson could coach…I didn’t… they are best team in NFC East by far… redskins are tough but Cousins is very inconsistent….setting up next week as a trap game…

  17. Let’s not forget we’ve got Darby and quite possibly Sidney Jones waiting in the wings. This is a complete team with confidence building each week. Let’s hope we stay healthy and cross our fingers that we don’t run into Morelli’s crew again.

  18. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The Eagles have a very easy schedule overall. With the Chiefs and Broncos as their only formidable opponents.

    Wentz still throws too many interceptable balls. Sunday night at the Seahawks should be a good measuring stick for their postseason hopes. I see this team getting destroyed by the Packers, Vikings, or Falcons in the playoffs.

  19. yg20910 says:
    October 14, 2017 at 9:56 am
    Let’s not forget we’ve got Darby and quite possibly Sidney Jones waiting in the wings. This is a complete team with confidence building each week. Let’s hope we stay healthy and cross our fingers that we don’t run into Morelli’s crew again.
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    I doubt we will. A petition to prevent his crew from reffing Eagles games got 10.000 signatures in 24 hours. It’s so blatant that really no one can deny the problem. The question is why? There should be a thorough investigation to find why he I.S literally going 10:1 with the penalties over four games.

  20. Despite losing their best player (Fletcher Cox) and half of their secondary, defense is balling out. Special teams, as usual, are among the best in the league. And despite lack of superstars they have plenty of talent on offense plus a solid O-line. They lead the league in time of possession, run the ball very well and are very difficult to run on. They seem like a complete team.

  21. I agree its too early to crown anyone. But all the story points to is great positioning. But as far as collapse like last year, I give you Bluont, Jeffries, Torey Smith, Tim Jernigans, Second year Carson. 2nd year defense under Shwartz, Daryby and Sydnyey Jones on the horizon, this may not be our year, but its a playoff team to anyone with whatever color tinted glasses but hate.

  22. As a Packers fan, I wanted the Eagles to lose on TNF. They play in an awful division and only have 1 or 2 tough games left. I can easily see them going 12-4 or better. The Panthers have no awful teams in their division and the reigning NFC champ. I know they’ll finish 10-6 at best.

    As said above, it’s early. But as of now, it looks like it’s going to be a race between GB, ATL and PHI for homefield.

  23. The Eagles are NOT the best team in the NFC. If they play the Packers in the playoffs, Aaron Rodgers will carve them up like he always does. I don’t think the Eagles can beat Seattle either….especially not in Seattle. I do think the Eagles can win their division though. The Giants suck and the Cowboys and Redskins are maybe 9-7 teams at best. If the Eagles can win 10 games, they’re in. The only problem with that is that their season will inevitably end with a loss to Green Bay or Seattle in the playoffs.

  24. About “hardly-known-as-a-football-factory” NDSU, Carson’s training ground: While it may be ancient history, the Bison have had only three losing seasons since 1964 and only Oklahoma has a higher lifetime percentage wins than the Bison — that’s going back to the 19th Century! More recently, they won five consecutive national championships (the only NCAA team ever to achieve this distinction); Five serious poundings of Big 10/12 Teams (Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Minnesota, Kansas) in opening games they were paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to play them — almost $2 million total, with FBS’ Colorado State thrown in for good measure. The issue is not that NDSU isn’t a “football factory,” it’s that it was “hardly known” for a very long time.

  25. Teams that run the West Coast offense typically struggle when the fall weather turns bad.

    Will the cold-weather roots of Wentz overcome that tendency?
    Will the presence of Blount provide a reliable power running game?
    Will the more physical defense give better field position to the offense?
    Can the DBs hold up in bad temp, turf, or wind conditions?

    This is a much more interesting set of questions than the “will we move up to draft so-and-so?” discussions of the dream team, gold standard, and in_Chip-we-trust years.

    Thankful for the good start, and enjoying the season.

  26. The Eagles are a really fun team to watch right now. Their D-Line is absolutely beastly. There are plenty of flaws on the team too but a D-Line that dominates can cover up a lot of issues. Every team they are playing right now is gameplanning get-the-ball-out-fast dink and dunk football. Nobody has the ability to really pick on the weak secondary. Unless they have some huge injuries with that line, this team is legit.

  27. They sure look tough to me, what little I have seen of them. But there is still a long way to go……

  28. Haters are ALWAYS welcome, heck…most Eagles fans are haters of their own team. To most of us there are no such things as “green colored glasses”. We have to hear how Peterson sucks, corners are garbage and Buddy Ryan was the best coach ever. That’s from hometown sports radio. We still recognize talent and potential…and this team has more of it this year than any year since Reggie, Clyde, Jerome, Joyner. Keep h8ing, we’ll keep flyin’ high

  29. “most Eagles fans are haters of their own team”

    I strongly disagree with that statement. Eagles fans probably love their team more than any other fans. The cynical attitude they display comes from so many disappointments over the years and no real triumphs (as in Super Bowl wins). The last “championship” they won was way back in 1960, before most fans were born, so it doesn’t really count to the current fanbase. Only Super Bowl wins will count and Eagles fans have been frustrated year after year after year, watching other teams win it and they get left behind.

  30. “eaglesmancave says:
    keep reminding us we haven’t yet have won the Super Bowl. It’s all you’ve got.”

    Umm…I’m pretty sure that’s ALL there is! And I’m pretty sure every player would agree with me.

  31. 6ball says:
    October 14, 2017 at 9:31 am
    .
    Eagles offensive coordinator, Frank Reich, should be singled out for the rapid advancement of Wentz. After all, he’s in his second year out of North Dakota State, hardly known as a football factory.
    —————————
    As a Bison fan I can tell you Wentz was more ready than most QBs that come in to the league. NDSU runs a pro style offense and Wentz had the freedom to change the play at any time. Reich deserves some credit but Wentz has a high football IQ and will probably be a head coach somewhere when he’s done. The Bison also have 3 other players that are starting on NFL teams FYI.

  32. Easy schedule? 4 division games left and Seattle and Denver….I don’t buy an easy game in the NFL….and Coach, feed the rock to Blount…he is having his best run average EVER. Stop giving sooooo many touches to 3rd, 4th and now 5th string (Barner) running backs!!!

  33. What was that about the Falcons and Packers, again? Man, what a difference a day makes. Dolphins and Collarbones are on the case, Scoob.

  34. While I’m loving seeing love for The Eagles, their Special Teams are their x-factor which gives them an edge in every game, and there have been huge recent injuries there. Hoping that a tradition of excellence there makes the next man up more prepared.

  35. 6ball says:
    “Eagles offensive coordinator, Frank Reich, should be singled out for the rapid advancement of Wentz. After all, he’s in his second year out of North Dakota State, hardly known as a football factory.”

    Dont forget John Defillipio (sp) either! He’s doing a pretty good job as well as QB coach. But I think Carson is not a hard guy to coach. Hence the reason why they didn’t let him leave this past offseason.

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