3. Philadelphia Eagles
Regression Squad No. 1 is the Super Bowl champions of three seasons ago. In no way is the Philadelphia’s presence on this list a personal indictment of Carson Wentz, Zach Ertz, Fletcher Cox, etc.
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Instead, some team or teams will have to clear the way for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys and possibly Los Angeles Rams to reenter the postseason. Unfortunately for Philly loyalists, that will probably be the Eagles.
In 2019, the Eagles finished the season 12th in points scored and 15th in points allowed. Of course, those are by no means lousy rankings but they are on a cusp of tipping backward rather than forward in a crowded and competitive NFC.
However, Philadelphia did make three crucial moves this offseason. They acquired renowned cornerback Darius Slay from the Detroit Lions in exchange for draft picks. In the draft, the team spent draft capital to fix its stomach-churning wide receiver woes by selecting Jalen Reagor from TCU. And then the Eagles inked 27-year-old defensive tackle Javon Hargrave to a sizable deal in wooing him away from a cross-state rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
So, the Eagles were not inactive. But in 2019, the team finished 9-7 and snuck into the playoffs because of the Dallas Cowboys ineptitude. Throughout their 16 games last season, the Eagles outscored opponents by a total of 31 points. That’s less than two per game.
They are a prime candidate for regression.