September 22, 2021

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Eagles are No. 3 in a ranking of the NFL’s…

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Eagles are No. 3 in a ranking of the NFL’s...


The NFL is the one league where a quick retool and addition of solid personnel could allow a team to rise from the cellar, back up to the penthouse suite in a single calendar year.

ESPN’s Bill Barnwell recently ranked all eight last-placed NFL teams from the 2020 season, and Philadelphia landed at No. 3 on the list of candidates who could go from worst to first.

3. Philadelphia Eagles
Chances of winning the NFC East, per FPI: 11.7%

Philly fits just about every one of the criteria I posted above. As I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, Philadelphia’s offense should be better — and healthier — than it was in 2020. The Eagles turned the ball over 29 times and posted a turnover margin of minus-10; they should be better in both categories in 2021. They’ll have a new primary quarterback in Jalen Hurts and a new coach in Nick Sirianni. They were also unlucky last season, going 3-6-1 in one-score games.

The best argument for the Eagles is that the competition isn’t likely to be any good. In a year in which just about everything went wrong for the organization, they still came within 2.5 games of winning the NFC East. They actually finished with the 11th-toughest schedule in the league, per FPI, but they’re expected to have the sixth-easiest slate in football this season.

FPI has the Cowboys as significant favorites to win the division — with a total of just 8.9 wins. If Hurts is better than expected, the Eagles will have a viable shot at competing for a title.

The Jaguars in the AFC South and the 49ers in the NFC West landed the best odds of finishing the season on top of their respective divisions.

Where the Eagles land in an ESPN ranking of the NFL’s worst-to-first candidates