While the summer season brings much enjoyment to the average person, for an NFL fan, it represents a desolate wasteland where Sundays just aren't quite as vibrant as in the autumn months. However, with each passing day, we inch closer to the beginning of the 2023 NFL season, which officially kicks off on September 8 this year.
Whether you've had your favorite team's tweet notifications turned on all summer or if you've decided to tune out all football news entirely, you'll be able to learn everything you need to know about your team going into the 2022-23 season right here.
In today's article, I'll be discussing the Philadelphia Eagles.
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2021 Season Recap
The Eagles had an up and down season in 2021, which culminated in a playoff berth in head coach Nick Sirianni's debut season. However, they suffered an abrupt end to their season when they faced the Buccaneers in round one of the postseason.
Philadelphia excelled on the ground, achieving the top rushing offense in the league in terms of yardage. However, they were very bad relative to other offenses in the passing game. They were above average in many defensive stats, but had a few games where they have up a ton of points.
Significant Roster Moves
The biggest move the Eagles made in the offseason was trading for WR A.J. Brown on draft night. He along with Zach Pascal will add much needed weapons at wide receiver for Jalen Hurts, who Philly is hoping will take a step forward with his arm in 2022. James Bradberry and Jaquiski Tartt add depth in the secondary while Haason Reddick and Kyzir White will line up opposite each other at outside linebacker.
The good news is that the Eagles didn't lose a ton of guys from last season's team, meaning they should be able to move forward without missing much of a beat in 2022.
2022 Draft Class
Philadelphia had only five selections in this year's draft and chose to focus on the defense. The picked a pair of Georgia defensemen in the 1st and 3rd round. Jordan Davis is a strong and physical run stopper who has already exhibited his force against a poor offensive lineman in a viral video from preseason. Nakobe Dean is an extremely athletic and talented linebacker who fell in the draft due to a pectoral injury he suffered just before.
None of this year's draft class is listed in the starting lineup currently, but it's likely that a few of them will work their way into the lineup eventually.
The Eagles will take on the NFC North and the AFC South to go along with their six divisional games. Their other three opponents are the Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers, and New Orleans Saints. With an opponent prior season win percentage of .464, Philadelphia has the 3rd easiest schedule in the NFL.
Philadelphia's primetime games include a Thursday night game at Houston, two Sunday night games versus Dallas and Green Bay, and two Monday night games versus Minnesota and Washington. They will also play on Saturday, Christmas Eve at Dallas in Week 16.
The Eagles return 15 of their 22 offensive and defensive starters from a season ago. Their roster is actually looking quite nice at this point, as A.J. Brown should help add a little balance to Philly's run heavy tendencies.
The defensive line looks very strong to me and I like the linebacker group as well. Darius Slay and James Bradberry should be a good tandem at corner, but I'd say the performance of the secondary will make or break this Eagles team.
Nick Sirianni enters his 2nd season as head coach of the Eagles. All three coordinators also will take on their 2nd year in their respective roles after getting the 2021 season under their belts in Philadelphia.
Oddsmakers have set the regular season win total for Philadelphia at 9.5 games. As of right now, the Eagles are the 2nd most likely team to win the NFC East and the 6th most likely team to win the whole NFC. At +2200 to win the 2023 Super Bowl, they are tied for 11th among all teams in the league.
Bucket Squad Predictions
I would've never expected this at many times in 2021, but I actually like this Eagles team. The fact that Sirianni achieved a playoff berth in his first season with the team is a very good sign for things to come, and I like Jalen Hurts more than I ever thought I would as an NFL quarterback.
I'm projecting Philadelphia to challenge Dallas in the NFC East but come up just short, still clinching a wild card spot in the playoffs. They'll try to repeat the magic they accomplished in the 2017-18 Super Bowl season, but a trip to the divisional round or beyond would be a step in the right direction.
What do you think? Will Philadelphia be better or worse than I'm projecting? What offseason moves made by the Eagles surprised you the most? Leave a comment down below and be sure to check the "NFL" section of the website for more NFL team guidebooks as I finish them.
Written by Nick Swatson