It’s always comforting to hear that your team is being picked to win the Super Bowl, especially when the predictions themselves are coming from the likes of ex-coaches, ex-players and national sports personalities. But if the last two seasons have taught us anything, it’s that success cannot be guaranteed in the NFL.
To demonstrate this point, the New York Giants only had one more regular-season win than the Philadelphia Eagles. They went on to win the Super Bowl, while favorites like the Packers and 49ers did not live up to expectations.
The year before, the offensive powerhouse New Orleans Saints were knocked out of the playoffs by the Seattle Seahawks, who became the first team to win a division, a playoff berth and a playoff game with a sub-.500 regular-season record.
These examples alone should be sufficient enough to determine that preseason predictions are ultimately fruitless, because no one saw either of these happening prior to the start of their respective seasons.
Now, the Eagles are far from teams like the Rams and the Jaguars, who definitely have no hope of winning it all this year. As a matter of fact, an Eagles Super Bowl victory is not out of the realm of possibilities at all. But let’s try to seek out and justify the reasoning behind these kinds of assertions before we get ahead of ourselves with buying into them.
After all, the Eagles haven’t done anything to indicate that they will make that Super Bowl leap. However, they have indicated that they are ready to try.
The following is an outline of what needs to happen for the Birds to finally capture that elusive first Super Bowl in 2012.