Eagles' Win-Loss Predictions for 2022 NFL Season
The Philadelphia Eagles have been a frequent visitor of the NFL playoffs in recent years. They'll be hoping to get back there at the end of the 2022 season, potentially marking another step forward for the franchise.
Although the Eagles have been to the postseason four of the past five years, they haven't won a playoff game since the NFC wild-card round during the 2018 season. But Philadelphia has been trending in a positive direction. After going 4-11-1 and missing the postseason in 2020, the team went 9-8 and returned to the playoffs in 2021, its first year under head coach Nick Sirianni.
As Sirianni heads into his second year at the helm, the Eagles' regular-season opener is quickly approaching. They have one more preseason game to play (Saturday on the road vs. the Miami Dolphins), and then preparation will ramp up for their Sept. 11 road matchup against the Detroit Lions to start the 2022 campaign.
How will Philadelphia fare this year? Here's a look at the Eagles' full schedule, analysis of the team's outlook and predictions for the upcoming season.
Eagles' 2022 Schedule
Week 1: at Detroit Lions, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. ET, Fox
Week 2: vs. Minnesota Vikings, Sept. 19 at 8:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Week 3: at Washington Commanders, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. ET, Fox
Week 4: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Week 5: at Arizona Cardinals, Oct. 9 at 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox
Week 6: vs. Dallas Cowboys, Oct. 16 at 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC
Week 7: Bye
Week 8: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, Oct. 30 vs. 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Week 9: at Houston Texans, Nov. 3 at 8:15 p.m. ET, Amazon Prime Video
Week 10: vs. Washington Commanders, Nov. 14 at 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
Week 11: at Indianapolis Colts, Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Week 12: vs. Green Bay Packers, Nov. 27 at 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC
Week 13: vs. Tennessee Titans, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. ET, Fox
Week 14: at New York Giants, Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. ET, Fox
Week 15: at Chicago Bears, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. ET, Fox
Week 16: at Dallas Cowboys, Dec. 24 at 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox
Week 17: vs. New Orleans Saints, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. ET, Fox
Week 18: vs. New York Giants, Jan. 8 at TBD
Analysis and Expectations
The NFC East has been wide open in recent years, and this season appears to be no different. There hasn't been a repeat champion in the division since the Eagles won it every year from 2001-04.
The Eagles should be in the mix in 2022. So should the Dallas Cowboys, while the Washington Commanders could also be a factor in the race. The New York Giants are least likely to win the NFC East, but anything's possible in this division.
Last year, Philadelphia finished second in the NFC East, three games back of Dallas. But the Eagles' roster has gotten considerably better since the end of last season.
A.J. Brown, who was acquired in a trade with the Tennessee Titans, gives Philadelphia a true No. 1 wide receiver. Linebacker Haason Reddick and cornerback James Bradberry are impactful free-agent additions. And rookies such as defensive tackle Jordan Davis and linebacker Nakobe Dean may quickly earn playing time.
DraftKings Sportsbook has the over/under for Eagles wins at 9.5 entering the season. And considering they won nine games in 2021, the over is looking like a strong bet. As Bleacher Report's Ian Wharton noted, Philadelphia could even be in store for a special season if quarterback Jalen Hurts continues to improve in his third year in the NFL.
"If Hurts takes a major leap, they could win the conference outright and challenge for a Super Bowl appearance," Wharton wrote.
If the Eagles are going to fare well in the NFC East again, they'll likely need to win the majority of their division games. Last year, they went 3-3 in those contests, which included losing twice to the Cowboys.
Philadelphia has a bunch of winnable non-division games on its schedule, such as matchups against the Detroit Lions (Week 1), Jacksonville Jaguars (Week 4), Houston Texans (Week 9) and Chicago Bears (Week 15).
Let's assume the Eagles win each of those games (as they should be favored to do) and go at least 4-2 in NFC East contests. That's already eight victories. And there are plenty of other games on the schedule that should go in Philadelphia's way because it has a good team.
While the Cowboys will be in the race for the division title until close to the end of the season, the prediction here is that the Eagles will end up on top. They're unlikely to go 0-2 against Dallas again this year, especially because Philadelphia made more substantial upgrades over the offseason.
The Eagles' offense should put up bigger numbers now that their passing attack can help balance out their run game. And their defense is going to do a better job of shutting down opponents, which was a problem at times in 2021, for a variety of reasons.
Expect Philadelphia to notch double-digit victories, win the NFC East and potentially even capture its first postseason victory in four years.
Prediction: Eagles will finish 12-5
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