Why the Philadelphia Eagles Will Win the Super Bowl

Why the Philadelphia Eagles Will Win the Super Bowl
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After winning their first Super Bowl at the conclusion of the 2017 season, The Eagles have their first realistic shot at reaching the big game since that famous win.

Philly are the number 1 seeds in the NFC following a 14-3 and the NFC now runs through The City of Brotherly Love

Here is why the Philadelphia Eagles will win the Super Bowl

Defence

They say defence wins Championships and the Eagles defence, perhaps more than any other in the league, has been on a tear during the regular season.

Quarterbacks in the playoffs best beware. Philly racked up a ridiculous 70 sacks over the 17 regular season games. This was 15 more than their nearest rivals the Kansas City Chiefs. What is even more impressive is that 4 different players reached double figures. Hassan Reddick led the way with 16, followed by Javon Hargrave, Brandon Graham and Josh Sweat who all notched 11 apiece. This is before you even add in the likes of veteran duo Fletcher Cox & Ndamukong Suh and impressive youngster Milton Williams. Whilst getting after the QB is clearly a strength, their run defence is certainly not a push over either.

 Offensive lines better be on the A-game if they want to succeed against the Eagles, as this defensive line is talented, relentless and has depth aplenty. Lest we forget Man-mountain rookie 1st round pick, Jordan Davis who is ruled out through injury.

If, however, a team is able to overcome the ferocious pass rush, the secondary is there to back them up. For me, the Eagles have had the best CB duo in the league this year in Darius Slay and James Bradberry. Defending 14 and 17 passes respectively, as well as 3 interceptions each, the have produced top drawer performances week upon week. These two league veterans have the capability of shutting down the league’s top receivers on their day. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, a trade pick-up from the Saints has also impressed. His 6 interceptions, as well as defensive versatility have proven a valuable asset in the Eagles pursuit of glory.

Offense

However, the Eagles have not just relied on defensive excellence to make a run to the playoffs. Their offence has more than held up their end of the bargain. Philadelphia have averaged 28.1 points per game. This is the 3rd highest in the league, just behind offensive juggernauts in the Chiefs and the Bills. Their attack is also very balanced, ranking 8th in passing yards and 5th in rushing yards.

 Eagles WR duo Devonte Smith and AJ Brown are amongst the top receiving duos in the league, and in my mind, don’t receive the credit they are due. Both easily broke the 1000 yard mark in 2022, with Brown within touching distance of 1500 yards. Former Heisman winner Smith is a slippery, elusive route runner who provides a great compliment to the size and speed of Brown. The top 2 pass catchers are ably backed up by TE Dallas Goeddert and third receiver Quez Watkins.

 If the passing game is slowed down, the Eagles are more than capable of running the ball effectively. Miles Sanders had possibly his best year in Philly, racking up 1269 yards, at an average of 4.9 yards per carry. QB Jalen Hurts (more on him later) also provided plenty with his legs, hitting 760 yards on the year.

All this, and we haven’t even mentioned the offensive line. Led by veterans Jason Kelce and Lane Johnson, as well as standout younger players in Landon Dickerson and Jordan Mailata, the Eagles could certainly produce a case for having one of the league’s best O-lines

Quarterback

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At the most important position in football, the Eagles seem to have found their man. Eyebrows were raised when the Eagles spent a 2nd round pick on Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts back in 2020. However, since winning the starting job from previous incumbent Carson Wentz at the end of his rookie season, Hurts has not looked back. He led the Eagles to the playoffs in his first full season in charge, but he has really blossomed in 2022.

 3,701 passing yards, 760 yards on the ground, 22 passing touchdowns, 13 rushing TDs and only 6 interceptions is quite a stat line. However, it only paints part of the picture. Hurts has matured as a passer, looks in control of the offence and most importantly has the confidence of his teammates. His play this year has led to him being in the conversation for league MVP.

Conclusion

So there you have it, hopefully I have outlined my case for the Eagles chances at winning the Big One. A ferocious pass rush, backed up by elite secondary play. An elite offensive line, an explosive passing game and a varied running attack. A dual-threat quarterback in the MVP conversation. That is why the Philadelphia Eagles will win the Super Bowl

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