The Philadelphia Eagles should be able to win the division in 2014. The explosive offense that won 10 games a year ago is nearly intact. Despite the loss of playmaking receiver DeSean Jackson (released) and right tackle Lane Johnson (four-game suspension), this unit could be even better.
It’s the second year of Chip Kelly’s offense, and the hurry-up offense should be even more effective. Nick Foles has a year of highly successful production under his belt. LeSean McCoy is still just 26 years old. The offensive line is still one of the game’s best, even with Johnson out for the first month.
That’s not to say it will be a cakewalk for the team. There’s still that defense. Coordinator Billy Davis did a fine job implementing a new 3-4 scheme, coaxing successful seasons out of veterans like Trent Cole, DeMeco Ryans, Connor Barwin and Cary Williams. Fletcher Cox and Brandon Boykin are up-and-coming players, and there’s reason to be optimistic about Bennie Logan and Earl Wolff.
Still, if there’s a downside to the ’14 club, it’s the defense. The NFC East is loaded with talented quarterbacks, and Davis doesn’t have an elite player on his side of the ball who can cause mismatch problems for the offense. The offense is top-notch, so long as everyone is healthy.
Expect the Eagles to win the division and even improve upon the 10 wins the team captured in 2013. But if there are any areas of concern for fans, it’s the following five aspects.