The Philadelphia Eagles ought to present a very different offensive look to opponents in 2022, while their defense could be as scary as anything in the NFC.
Philly were the most run-heavy team in the NFL last year, but that should change as trading for former Tennessee Titans star A.J Brown gives talented Eagles QB Jalen Hurts a second big-play weapon within a previously thin receiving pool.
Nick Sirianni's team are coming off a postseason appearance in 2021, although they set a rather dubious record in the process by carrying the worst record (1-7) vs. teams .500 or better to the playoffs.
They struggled on offense throughout Sirianni's first year and left much room for improvement on defense, giving up the highest completion percentage in the NFL and failing to get off the field on third downs enough.
However, the offseason additions of defensive tackle Jordan Davis and linebacker Nakobe Dean via the draft and free agent signings of Haason Reddick, Kyzir White and James Bradberry give cause for optimism that Jonathan Gannon's unit will bounce back in 2022/23.
NFL, 2022/23 season
Across the United States, games also scheduled for London, Munich and Mexico City
September 8th 2022 - February 12th 2023
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BUF Bills +600, TB Buccaneers +700, KC Chiefs +1000, LA Rams +1000, GB Packers +1200
2nd NFC East (9-8)
Some see the Eagles as being capable of a deep playoff run and potentially going all the way in 2022, noting some similarities between this team and the one that surprised everyone to win Super Bowl LII five years ago.
The NFC field seems much weaker than the deeper AFC this year, so there could be some validity in that and they do appear to have an easy schedule on paper.
The Eagles are -200 to make the playoffs again and +150 to win their 12th NFC East title ahead of the reigning division champion Dallas Cowboys, who are +140.
The Eagles open the season against a rebuilding Detroit Lions and have happy memories of the last time they met - a 44-6 win at Ford Field on Halloween last year.
After starting the season 0-10-1, the Lions roared back to win three of their final six regular season games under first-year head coach Dan Campbell in 2021.
And some smart offseason moves could make this trip to Motor City much tougher than last year's encounter, which the Eagles won at a canter - leading 17-0 at the half.
The focus of the Week 2 clash with the Minnesota Vikings, selected for prime-time national broadcast on Monday Night Football, will be the wide receivers on show.
The Eagles, who will showcase their exciting wideout duo Brown and Smith, passed on Minnesota's Justin Jefferson in the 2020 draft - selecting former TCU receiver Jalen Reagor one spot ahead of him in the first round of the 2020 draft.
Jefferson went on to set the rookie record for most receiving yards in a season with 1,400 while Raegor's struggles in Philly included dropping a would-be touchdown pass in the final drive of a 13-7 loss to the New York Giants last season and muffing two punts in the Eagles Wild Card round defeat to Tampa Bay.
He was traded to the Vikings in exchange for a seventh-round pick just before the start of the season.
Later in the year, there could be a Christmas Eve matchup to decide top spot in the NFC East when the Eagles travel to Texas to face the Dallas Cowboys.
Philadelphia have lost on each of their last four visits to AT & T Stadium and were beaten out of sight in both divisional battles last year, so this will be a big psychological hump to overcome prior to the playoffs.
Former Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Sirianni led the Eagles to a 9-8 record and a wild card berth in his first season at Lincoln Financial Field.
However, the manner of Philly's postseason loss to the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers left no one in any doubt that the team remains a work in progress.
During his three years as OC in Indianapolis, the Colts ranked eighth in the NFL in scoring (25.9 points per game) and went 28-20, reaching the playoffs twice, despite having three different starting QBs.
WR - A. J. Brown (Tennessee Titans)
OLB - Haason Reddick (Carolina Panthers)
WR - Zach Pascal (Indianapolis Colts)
ILB - Kyzir White (Los Angeles Chargers)
WR - Josh Hammond (Jacksonville Jaguars)
CB - James Bradberry (New York Giants)
CB - Jimmy Moreland (Houston Texans)
S - Jaquiski Tartt (San Francisco 49ers)
DT - Kobe Smith (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
TE - Jaeden Graham (Atlanta Falcons)
C - Cameron Tom (Miami Dolphins)
WR - Lance Lenoir (Michigan Panthers)
QB - Ian Book (New Orleans Saints)
RB - Trey Sermon (San Francisco 49ers)
DL - Hassan Ridgeway (San Francisco 49ers)
OG - Nate Herbig (New York Jets)
RB - Jordan Howard
G - Brandon Brooks
DE - Ryan Kerrigan
LB - Alex Singleton (Denver Broncos)
CB - Steven Nelson (Houston Texans)
S - Rodney McLeod (Indianapolis Colts)
WR - Jalen Reagor (Minnesota Vikings)
|Defensive MVP||Darius Slay|
Jordan Davis (1st Round)
Five-time Pro Bowl center Kelce was part of the Eagles team that won Super Bowl LII, but mulled retirement this past offseason.
Sirianni was able to convince the 34-year-old to return for one more year but his streak of consecutive starts, which currently stands at 122 regular-season games, is under threat as he recovers from an elbow cleanup operation.
The Eagles now have one of the best starting outside cornerback duos in the NFL after acquiring the signature of former Giants star James Bradberry.
He will play opposite 31-year-old shutdown corner Slay, who earned his fourth Pro Bowl selection last season.
Second-year running back Kenneth Gainwell has further scope to make his mark in 2022 after a quietly impressive rookie season in which he had 68 rushes for 291 yards.
He also had five rushing TDs and was a major contributor in Philadelphia's passing game, picking up 33 receptions on 50 targets.