With the Philadelphia Eagles' huge offseason, fans of the team are excited to see what the team can do this year. The Eagles are considered by many to be Super Bowl contenders.
This is the second part of my predictions for the Philadelphia Eagles' 2011 NFL season, covering weeks six through 11.This particular stretch is important since the Eagles play three divisional games as well as a game against one of the NFC's best teams, the Chicago Bears.
Read on to see my predictions for this stretch of the season.
These are my predictions for the first five weeks of the Philadelphia Eagles' 2011 season. For the full article, click here.
Week 1: Philadelphia Eagles 23, St. Louis Rams 13
Week 2: Philadelphia Eagles 21, Atlanta Falcons 24
Week 3: New York Giants 13, Philadelphia Eagles 28
Week 4: San Francisco 49ers 21, Philadelphia Eagles 34
Week 5: Philadelphia Eagles 41, Buffalo Bills 20
The Eagles always have one game a year that they do not take as seriously as they should. Last year, it was a Week 16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings when the Eagles still had a chance at the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs.
The Redskins are one of the worst teams in the league, but let us not forget that they did beat the Eagles last season, and that division rivals provide tough games no matter how big the disparity between the teams.
With a 4-1 start, the bye week coming up, and a vastly inferior opponent on paper, the Eagles come unprepared and let the Redskins pull off a monster upset.
Prediction: Philadelphia Eagles 17, Washington Redskins 20
Philadelphia Eagles: 4-2
The Philadelphia Eagles are 11-0 in games after the regular season bye week under Andy Reid.
After a humiliating loss to the Redskins combined with a bye week, the Cowboys have to come into Philadelphia to play against a very angry and focused Eagles team. This is the same Cowboys team that squeaked by the Eagles backups in the season finale last year.
With the extra week of preparation and a better all around team, the Eagles put together a double-digit win and extend Andy Reid's perfect record after the bye week.
Prediction: Dallas Cowboys 21, Philadelphia Eagles 34
Philadelphia Eagles: 5-2
The Chicago Bears come into this season with former Cowboys Roy Williams and Marion Barber on a team that already made the NFC Championship game a year ago. However, the Bears offensive line, already a problem last season, has lost its leader in Olin Kreutz and has looked dreadful without him thus far.
Granted, it's only the preseason, but if the Bears can't protect Jay Cutler with Trent Cole, Jason Babin and Cullen Jenkins rushing the passer, they will not win this game.
The Bears had some success at slowing the Eagles offense down last year, so this will likely be a low-scoring game. However, I still expect the Eagles to come out of this game with the win.
Prediction: Chicago Bears 10, Philadelphia Eagles 20
Philadelphia Eagles: 6-2
This game will mark the return of Kevin Kolb to Philadelphia to play his former team. However, the most intriguing part of this game will be Nnamdi Asomugha covering Larry Fitzgerald. Both players are among the best in the game.
However, aside from Larry Fitzgerald, the Cardinals have a very weak receiving corps after Steve Breaston left for the Chiefs, and their defense gave up 27 points per game last season. If the Cardinals are unable to overcome these issues, they will still struggle as a team.
After already having a disaster against the Redskins earlier in the year, the Eagles will take care of business and head for a 7-2 record.
Prediction: Philadelphia Eagles 31, Arizona Cardinals 20
Philadelphia Eagles: 7-2
The offseason that the Giants have had has created a multitude of favorable matchups for the Eagles. First of all, receiver Steve Smith will be completely healthy by this point, and he will be looking to get revenge against his former team after a less-than-friendly departure from the Giants.
The Giants still have William Beatty trying to block Trent Cole and protect Eli Manning's blind side, which will not likely end well for the younger Manning brother.
Big games by Cole and Smith will headline the Eagles' win to get the sweep of the Giants for the third year in a row.
Prediction: Philadelphia Eagles 24, New York Giants 17
Philadelphia Eagles: 8-2