Former All-Pro explains why Eagles are NFC’s best team

Former All-Pro explains why Eagles are NFC’s best team

Former All-Pro explains why Eagles are NFC’s best team appeared first on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Eagles’ time as a dark horse Super Bowl contender has come to an end.

After Monday night’s emphatic nationally televised win over the Vikings in South Philly, the Birds are officially on everyone’s radar. Jalen Hurts is legit, the weapons are stacked, the defense is dangerous, and everything is clicking through two weeks.

With a strong start and a favorable schedule, it’s not too early to start dreaming about a playoff seed — and one former All-Pro believes the Birds are in a great position to overtake the rest of the NFC.

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Jeff Saturday, the two-time All-Pro center and Super Bowl XLI champion, was asked Tuesday morning on ESPN’s ‘Get Up’ for his take on the Eagles after the win and he didn’t hold back in his assessment:

“They’re the best team in the NFC right now, and it’s not close. They’re a physically dominant football team as well. When you think about offensive line and defensive line, we’ve talked about this ad nauseam. […] this team, they don’t just throw it for 330, they run for 180 and it doesn’t seem like a big deal. And again, when you have a quarterback who is a part of the running game like Hurts it opens up avenues that other teams don’t have. This is all done – Howie Roseman has done a great job out of bits and pieces, but you give the way it came together [Nick] Sirianni a ton of credit. He’s got all these guys going in the right direction.”

That’s right, Jeff Saturday.

Apart from the fact that we have only seen this Eagles team play 120 minutes of football so far, it is difficult to find holes in his arguments.

The Eagles are a physically dominant team, by design. Howie Roseman has been practicing and preaching the importance of dominance in the trenches for a decade now, and those investments are paying off big time.

Having an O-line that regularly moves opposing defenders out of their spots, when your QB is as mobile and dangerous as Jalen Hurts, he is nearly impossible to stop. And while they only got home twice on Monday night, the defensive line looked much more aggressive – and successful – this week, a trend that will ideally continue to improve as the season progresses. and the personnel settling even more.

Then you add in Hurts’ abilities as a dual-threat QB playmaking and Sirianni’s knack for fitting his offense around his pieces, and it’s hard not to feel good about this Eagles team.

Tom Brady is still there, the Rams are champions, and the Packers can be spicy … but for now I agree with Saturday: I like the Eagles’ chances in the NFC.

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