NFL Predictions 2012: Will the Philadelphia Eagles Win 10 or More Games?
The Philadelphia Eagles failed to live up to enormous expectations that were placed on the franchise during the preseason a year ago, but the team hopes they can carry over the momentum of winning their last four regular-season games heading into the 2012 NFL season.
Cantor Gaming of Las Vegas has established the Eagles' regular-season win total at 10, which is actually the highest number among NFC East teams—including the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants that check in at 9.5.
Philadelphia was never able to recover from a disappointing 1-4 start in 2011, but the team actually outscored opponents by 68 points on its way to finishing with an 8-8 mark. The Eagles also finished with the same against-the-spread record, covering the number in each of their wins.
Opening the 2012 NFL schedule on the road against the Cleveland Browns will likely result in a season-opening victory for the second straight year, especially against an opponent that could end up featuring a rookie backfield—running back Trent Richardson and quarterback Brandon Weeden.
The following five games heading into the bye is where the challenge lies, facing four playoff teams from a year ago while also traveling to take on the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3—a game sandwiched between home games against the Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants.
In order to match or go above this win total, quarterback Michael Vick will need to lead the team to at least a 4-2 record over that stretch. He played in 13 games a year ago, throwing for 3,303 yards and 18 touchdowns while also getting intercepted 14 times.
I can't recommend a play on the "over" due to Vick's style of play that leaves him open to injury, but it's definitely playable from a fan perspective.
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