Having won the Super Bowl for the first time in their history back in 2018, the Philadelphia Eagles spent the following years desperate to get their hands back on the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Back in the title picture this season, the Eagles have put in the foundations to become a franchise that can consistently reach the latter stages of the playoffs for years to come.
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Out Of The Shadow Of 2018
Much has changed since head coach Doug Pederson led the Eagles to a first-ever Super Bowl win back in February 2018. Philadelphia, who are 9/4 in a bet on Super Bowl winner this season, managed to beat Tom Brady’s New England Patriots 41-33 in a thrilling encounter in Minnesota. Quarterback Nick Foles was the star of the show that day as he filled in for the injured Carson Wentz to take the Eagles to Super Bowl glory.
Foles, Alshon Jeffery, LeGarrette Blount, Corey Clement and Zach Ertz scored touchdowns for the Eagles on that memorable day but all have since moved on from Lincoln Financial Field. Even coach Pederson was moved on after Philadelphia’s struggles to get back to the showpiece event. Nick Sirianni took charge of the team back in 2021 and looks to be building something special at the Linc.
Underdogs No Longer
While the Eagles have enjoyed the tag over underdogs in the past they have now emerged as one of the top teams in the NFL. Finishing the regular season with a 14-3 record, Philly landed top spot in the NFC Conference. With new stars grabbing the headlines, the Eagles have shown they have finally moved on from the heroes of 2018.
A.J Brown has been a standout performer for the Eagles this year, as the wide receiver finished the regular season with 11 touchdowns and 1,496 receiving yards. There was plenty of hype surrounding Brown’s trade from the Tennessee Titans to the Eagles and the 25-year-old has lived up to the expectation. Meanwhile, Philadelphia’s running game is also back with a bang, thanks to some stellar performances from Miles Sanders. Another player to pass the 1000-yard mark this season, the Penn State product finished the regular season with 1,269 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. With some formidable players on the Eagles’ offence, Sirianni has seen the Philly attack come on leaps and bounds this season.
The Philadelphia defence has stood up this season also, with Haason Reddick enjoying a standout campaign. With no less than 16 sacks during the regular season, Reddick was a big player for the Eagles on their way to the playoffs. Notable mentions must also go to defensive end Josh Sweat, who had 16 sacks of his own, and safety C.J Gardner-Johnson who notched up six interceptions.
Even if the Eagles don’t go all the way to win the Super Bowl this season, there are promising signs this franchise has a bright future ahead of it under coach Sirianni.