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2011 NFL Predictions: Why Philadelphia Eagles Will Earn NFC's Top Seed

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2011 NFL Predictions: Why Philadelphia Eagles Will Earn NFC's Top Seed
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There is no precedent for what the Philadelphia Eagles did this offseason, and it's unlikely we'll ever see anything like it again in our lifetime. Signing six Pro Bowlers to a team already stocked with talent is simply unheard of. And doing it all while remaining under the cap, while teams like the Dallas Cowboys struggled to shed undeservedly large contracts for only decent players, just to resign their own players? Words fail to properly express the incredulity football fans across the nation feel.

The Eagles are clearly setting their sights on a deep playoff run, and anything less than a Super Bowl will probably be perceived as a disappointment. They have the personnel and the drive to accomplish their goal, and will probably still be in contention in late January.

In the wake of Philadelphia's meteoric offseason rise to prominence, the national media has been divided into two camps: those who believe the Eagles to be legitimate title contenders, and those who consider them to be over-hyped and still riddled with holes.

Personally, I think the Eagles will suffer growing pains in the early going of the season, but they have the potential to become as complete a team as there is in the NFL today. And, as the article's title conveys, I believe that they can finish the regular season with the best record in the NFC.

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