Philadelphia Eagles 2008 NFL Projection:
Last season the Philadelphia Eagles were a popular pick
to make a run at the title.
We all know what happened. Reggie Brown was a first half bust at receiver.
And the Eagles' schedule was too brutal to handle thanks to a strong NFC East.
9 of Philly's games were against teams that made the playoffs
due to the NFC East fielding 3 postseason teams.
Philadelphia went just (2-7) in these games.
In 2008 the Eagles made a splash in free agency by signing
Asante Samuel away from New England in an effort to bolster their pass defense.
Additionally, the Eagles signed linebacker Rocky Bolman from the Raiders.
While the Eagles' run defense is solid, they need to improve against the pass
with opponents lining up against them such as Plaxico Burress and T.O.
The Giants and Cowboys also field top grade offensive lines. And the Eagles
need to do a better job of getting to their quarterbacks.
Improved coverage provided by Samuel should at least increase the number
of coverage sacks overall.
On offense there's no question that both Westbrook and what appears to be
a healthier McNabb can carry the
Eagles against most competition.
The problem is that Philadelphia's schedule is tough again in 2008 thanks
to playing in one of the top two divisions in football.
And now Kevin Curtis is out indefinitely with a sports hernia.
Philadelphia will play half of their games versus teams that made the playoffs in 07.
Furthermore, the Eagles play a week 15 home game against
also expected to be playoff caliber.
Whether or not the Eagles can make the postseason in 2008 will probably come down to McNabb's
level of elusiveness and ability to keep plays alive-- so that Philly's sub-par receiving group can get open
more often against the plethora of top flight defenses the Eagles match up against in '08.
Another determining factor will be whether or not the Eagles can generate a pass rush
strong enough to beat the offensive lines of the Giants and Cowboys.
While McNabb might be in better shape heading into the new season, it may not be enough to
crack double digit wins against their difficult schedule.
Overall we're now predicting a record of (9-7) for the 2008 edition of the Philadelphia Eagles.
While we initially downgraded when Curtis was lost-- he's not what drives this team.
The Eagles should be able to withstand his absence.
Before reviewing the archived free NFL team outlooks from preseason of
2008, remember to
get your membership this season for FootballLOCKS.com's
NFL pool picks which are provided both versus the line and pick 'em.
You'll get access to
FootballLOCKS.com's top rated weekly
NFL predictions ATS made using backwards odds handicapping
of Las Vegas NFL latest lines. Click to view
subscription options now.
Finally, you'll also receive FootballLOCKS.com's best ranked weekly NFL over/under
selections for the duration of your pass.
Free 2008 NFL Predictions Note:
these now archived 2008 NFL forecasts were made
during the 2008 preseason.
Of course many team components can alter throughout the yearly
football campaign which may have affected
FootballLOCKS.com's opinion of the outlook for any given team
at any point in the season.
Get your pass this season for FootballLOCKS.com's weekly
NFL football picks
including two types of pool plays.
If you order a
FootballLOCKS.com pass before the start of the season
you'll get complete access to all of
top ranked NFL win totals predictions for the current regular season.
If you sign up after the season has begun,
you will of course receive all of FootballLOCKS.com's week to week NFL selections
for the length of your pass, and you will get all of
FootballLOCKS.com's NFL totals picks and top ranked teasers, also
for the time of
your subscription. Click the following
for further details.