The Philadelphia Eagles went 14-3, won the NFC championship and lost the Super Bowl 38-35 to the Kansas City Chiefs last season.
After 9 games this season, the Eagles sit at 8-1 on their bye week. They now prepare for gauntlet of games they will face in the second half of the season.
The Eagles 2023 schedule was rated as the toughest in football. The Eagles have passed the first half of the schedule with flying colors.
Their only blemish was a week 20-14 loss to the New York Jets on the road. The Eagles have rattled off three straight wins, since that loss. Two of those wins coming against teams well over .500.
This Eagles team is talented, tough, resilient and battle tested. They are strong at the most important areas of a football team at Quarterback, Offensive Line and Defensive Line.
The second half will be tough beginning with a Monday night rematch on the road with Super Bowl opponent the Kansas City Chiefs and then the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers at home.
After that, the Eagles face the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks on the road, before finishing up with the New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals at home. Their final regular season game is on the road against the Giants
That is a formidable schedule, but the Eagles are a team that is up to the task. Head Coach Nick Sirianni said, “There is this huge mountain to climb. You can’t climb the mountain all in one week. When you look up that mountain and you start to look up at how much more you have to climb, that’s what makes you slip, when you do that.”
The Eagles are dealing with some injuries. TE Dallas Goedert and LB Nakobe Dean are two starting players who are out. Goedert will return, but Dean is done for the season.
The main concern, is keeping QB Jalen Hurts healthy. He has been dealing with a knee injury all season. A healthy Hurts is a key to Eagles success. They are 22-2 in the regular season with Hurts at QB over the last two seasons.
Right now the Eagles sit at a 8-1 and in the words of former NFL coach Bill Parcells, “You are what your record says you are.”
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