Philadelphia Eagles Last Season Playoff Push?

Glenn Kaplan

The Philadelphia Eagles were supposed to be one of the worst teams in the NFL this season. Philadelphia has looked anything but a bottom-five team in the NFL. They aren’t a great team either, but they have been a little bit better than advertised.

The Philadelphia Eagles picked up a huge road win against the Denver Broncos 30-13. Philadelphia is currently 10th in the NFC. They are just one game back of the Carolina Panthers (5-5) for the seventh and final wild-card spot in the NFC. The Eagles beat the Panthers earlier in the season.

Philadelphia also has to jump the Atlanta Falcons (4-5) and also the Minnesota Vikings (4-5). The Philadelphia Eagles also beat Atlanta in Week 1, but they do not face Minnesota this season. The Eagles final seven games will be against the New Orleans Saints (5-4, currently 6th in the NFC), the New York Giants twice (3-6 record), The Washington Football Team twice (3-6 record), the New York Jets (2-7 record), and the Dallas Cowboys (7-2, currently 3rd in the NFC) on the final weekend of the NFL regular season.

That is a favorable schedule for them, but nothing comes easy for the Philadelphia Eagles. This is a football team that is rebuilding and are we sure they want to make it to the playoffS? Upper management in general manager Howie Roseman and owner Jeffrey Lurie wanted a better draft pick last season and that’s why they intentionally lost in Week 17 against Washington.

However, the Philadelphia Eagles will have three first-round picks this year. They will have their own, the Miami Dolphins, and the Indianapolis Colts’ first-round pick.

Head coach Nick Sirianni has not been bad for Philadelphia, despite the fan base criticizing him time and time again. He was the Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator last season under Frank Reich.

Jalen Hurts has not been bad so far this season for the Eagles. He completed 16-of-23 passes for 178 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He also rushed for 53 yards on 14 carries. A lot of people are still mixed on whether or not he is going to be the long-term answer at franchise quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Jordan Howard rushed for 83 yards on 12 carries for Philadelphia.

Boston Scott rushed for 81 yards on 11 carries for the Eagles. He also caught two passes for 24 yards receiving. Miles Sanders has not played a lot this season for the Philadelphia Eagles in the backfield due to injury.

DeVonta Smith was Philadelphia’s leading receiver with four receptions for 66 yards receiving and two touchdowns. He caught a 36-yard touchdown reception from Jalen Hurts in the first quarter and a 5-yard touchdown reception from Jalen Hurts in the second quarter.

Smith has proven this season that he could be their long-term number one wide receiver.

Quez Watkins caught four passes for 33 yards receiving. They are lacking consistency at the number two receiving option.

Jalen Reagor caught one pass for 12 yards receiving. He was a first-round pick in 2020 out of TCU. Reagor has not performed well and general manager Howie Roseman could have drafted Justin Jefferson out of LSU instead, but he was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings.

Dallas Goedert has become the number one tight end since Zach Ertz was traded to the Arizona Cardinals. Goedert was held in check for the Philadelphia Eagles with two receptions for 28 yards receiving.

Philadelphia is not bad defensively. Fletcher Cox was supposed to be traded at the trade deadline and he never was.

Shane Steichen is the offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Jonathan Gannon is the defensive coordinator for Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Eagles have a chance to make it to the playoffs in the NFC, but despite their easy schedule, I don’t think they will make it this year and I don’t think upper management wants them to make it anyways.

The Philadelphia Eagles (4-6) next football game will be at home this Sunday against the New Orleans Saints (5-4).

The Denver Broncos (5-5) will be on a bye next week. Their next football game will be at home against the Los Angeles Chargers (5-4) on Sunday, November 28th.

-Glenn Kaplan, 12oz Sports Contributor, Live Monday’s at 3 p.m. ET & Thursday at 11 a.m. ET on 12oz Sports

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