By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo)
This is the NFC East preview. The teams will be ordered according to how I see them finishing. I’ll break down each team’s offense and defense in brief fashion, highlight an underrated player or two, then give a win range. Slapping a win total on a team is silly to me–I’m more interested in ceilings and floors. If a team’s win range is 6-12, that doesn’t mean I’m predicting 12 or 6. Just means I see them as a team that can wildly fluctuate.
Philadelphia Eagles (Last Season: 10-6)
Offense: So the offseason has been pretty crazy huh? A year after getting rid of DeSean Jackson, Chip Kelly has been given the keys to the organization. RB LeSean McCoy and QB Nick Foles were traded. G Evan Mathis was released. WR Jeremy Maclin was allowed to leave via free agency. RBs DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews were added in free agency, and the Foles trade netted them Sam Bradford.
With all of this movement, you’d think that the Eagles were nuts. They might be! But I do believe Kelly has a method to this madness, and that his system will be effective. Getting rid of McCoy and replacing him with Murray and Mathews is a plus; the running game is crucial, Murray is a more decisive runner than McCoy, and Mathews adds quality depth.
Drafting WR Nelson Agholor was a good move–he should be able to do 75 percent of what Maclin did, and slot WR Jordan Matthews is going to see his role increase. Philly won’t have any problems scoring points.
Defense: The McCoy trade landed them LB Kiko Alonso from the Bills, leaving them with the division’s best defense. DE Fletcher Cox is a monster, and the LB corps is solid throughout. CB Byron Maxwell is overpaid, but he’s a pretty good corner.
Underrated Asset(s): RB Darren Sproles will still see action in this offense, and his value in the return game can’t be ignored.
Floor to Ceiling: 8-11 Wins.