Can the Philadelphia Eagles rule the table?

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The Eagles are the only remaining undefeated team in the NFL. With 10 weeks remaining, however, it seems impossible the Eagles can go unbeaten for the rest of the year. Then you look at their upcoming schedule.

@HOU, WAS, @IND, GB, TEN, @NYG, @CHI, @DAL, NO and NYG

I mean, look at this. Worse still (for Cowboys and Giants fans), nearly all of Philadelphia’s toughest games will be in Philadelphia. The Titans, Packers, Saints and the Giants’ final game will all take place at Lincoln Financial Field. I’m not saying the Cowboys and Giants aren’t tough, but the Titans are arguably the best against the Eagles of anyone on this list, the Saints have shown improvement lately, and the Packers, as poor as they look, always have Aaron Rodgers. Plus, the Eagles only have to face one of those teams after a bye: the Chicago Bears. As surprisingly strong as the Bears have been this year, they’re not going to beat the Eagles. Sure, they added Chase Claypool, but the Eagles’ greatest strength is their secondary. They also lost their best defensive player in Roquan Smith, so…yeah.

“Any Sunday” is the saying, isn’t it? So could the Eagles lose any of these games? Absolutely. I’m not saying they will definitely go undefeated in the regular season. On the contrary, I am shocked that the Eagles have the opportunity to do so.

Let’s look at each match individually:

Houston Texans – I don’t think I need to delve into all this. Philly outclasses the Texans in every way. It should be an easy win.

Washington Commanders — The Washington quarterback’s inconsistent play will be their downfall. Commanders are near the top of the league in pressure ratio (4th place, at 26%). However, the Eagles offensive line has eluded them in recent weeks. The Commanders are also a pretty poor running defense, and the last time these two teams played Washington, Philadelphia held them to eight points (only six of which were allowed by the defense), all of which came in a time. filthy.

Indianapolis Colts -Sam Ehlinger. That’s all there is to say. Jonathan Taylor is also dealing with a nagging wound if that helps the argument at all.

Green Bay – This team is better when Rodgers looks good. Philadelphia’s secondary has been devastating this year, and with inconsistencies directing the ball from Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon, Rodgers will likely have to throw a lot. Not a good game.

Tennessee Titans – Potentially the best opportunity for any team to beat the Eagles. A heavy dose of Derrick Henry will go straight into the teeth of the weakest part of the Eagles defense. Defensively, the Titans are also pretty solid against the rush, allowing just 4.2 yards per carry (seventh in the NFL).

New York Giants – The Giants are better when they control the clock. They are third in the NFL in time of possession this year. The Eagles are first. The Giants’ lack of explosiveness on offense will be their undoing. They should have made a move to the receiver.

Chicago Bears – I have already touched on this subject. No Roquan Smith will be a problem. Chase Claypool isn’t much help given Philly’s high school strength. Their best chance of creating explosive offensive plays will likely come from the odd use of their gimmicky receivers like Claypool and Velus Jones Jr.

Dallas Cowboys – Even with Cooper Rush, the Cowboys weren’t blown by the Eagles in Week 6. That said, most of Dallas’ offense came in the second half after the Eagles had already built a comfortable lead. If they hadn’t taken their foot off the pedal, who knows what the final score would have looked like.

New Orleans Saints – They just lost Michael Thomas for the season, but they should be full if not. They have improved dramatically on the attacking side in recent weeks, coinciding with the resurgence of Alvin Kamara. Still, I don’t trust Andy Dalton to top Jalen Hurts.

New York Giants – see above

I’m not ready to say the Eagles will go undefeated, but I can’t help but fantasize about the possibility. I don’t think they’re the best team in the league and so if they meet the Bills, Chiefs or even the 49ers in the playoffs I wouldn’t be shocked if they pull a 2007 Patriots. That said, an undefeated regular season is not only out of the question, it seems more and more possible by the day. Regardless of their playoff results, that would be the first 17-0 record in NFL history, and I for one hope we get to witness it.

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