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All the comparisons to the Miami Heat must please stop right now.
First off, it's not one you want to make if you're an Eagles fan, and secondly, they are overrating some of their "star" players by doing so.
Half of their defense is terrible while the other half is good. Meanwhile, the Packers and Steelers have been one and two the last two seasons because they are loaded top to bottom on defense.
As for the offense, let's compare them to the reining Super Bowl champs—the Green Bay Packers.
Neither offensive line is great, but I'd definitely give the edge to the improving group that the Packers have. As for the running game, the Eagles do have the edge, but the Packers didn't even need it last year. Having a much improved one this year is more of a luxury.
At QB, Rodgers is better than Vick. I'm not going to waste too much time here, I think we are all in agreement of that. The receivers is where I find the most debate going on. I have to give the edge to Green Bay on this one. They are just so much deeper and have a better No. 1 guy as well.
DeSean Jackson is inconsistent and drops too many passes to be considered better or even in the same group as Greg Jennings. Add in Donald Driver, James Jones, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb and you have what is the best group of wideouts in the game.
Oh yeah, and they have this guy named Jermichael Finley who just so happens to be the best target on the whole offense.
I do very much like Jeremy Maclin though. I think he doesn't get as much credit as he deserves behind the "flashier" Jackson. Jason Avant is a nice number 3, but I think the overall depth doesn't match what the Packers bring at WR.
I could also make a pretty good case for the Falcons here over the Eagles. Not to mention that team in New England that went 14-2 last year and got better in the offseason.
The Eagles are a good team and should compete this year. They should even make a nice playoff run, but in no way should they be the favorites going into the 2011 season.