The final Preseason games are soon to be played, and, before we know it, September 8th will be upon us and the 2011 NFL season will have kicked off.
There are many teams that are expected to be improved this season, such as the Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots, just to name a few. But no team has higher expectations than the Philadelphia Eagles, who have been dubbed the “Dream Team” by Vince Young, sportswriters, and fans.
Despite what the media might want us to think, the Eagles are far from a lock for the Super Bowl. Any team can win on any given Sunday, and in the end, determination and heart are everything. But the Eagles are certainly going to be a tough team to beat if Michael Vick can keep up his strong play and if the defense can play even marginally better than it did in 2010 (and it is expected to be substantially better).
But football, with only 16 games per season, should be approached game-by-game when predicting a team’s success. Here is a week by week breakdown of each of Philadelphia’s opponents in 2011 and how each matchup can be expected to turn out.