The Eagles will go into the 2018 NFL season as reigning Super Bowl champions. That makes them the most wanted team through every game on their schedule.
It will be tough for Philadelphia to make the NFC playoffs, let alone win the conference again, given their closest competition has reloaded to take aim. The Eagles do, however, benefit from a rather favorable schedule. Looking at last year’s records, their opponents combined to go 122-134. That’s tied for 13th “easiest” in the NFL.
Here’s breaking down how good things look for the Eagles’ quest to repeat based on all the games they will play in 2018.
Whenever Curry does take the court again, Kerr says the system won’t be disrupted much.
“It’s not like we had to alter anything [with Curry out], it’s more just kind of refocusing on certain aspects,” Kerr explained. “And that will change once Steph is back, whenever that is, and we’ll do the same thing with whatever is in front of us. Assuming that that’s the position we’re in, we’ll adapt at that point.”
Biggest breaks: The Lions haven’t had a losing record at home since 2012, and that should help against tough opponents such as the Patriots, Panthers, Rams and Seahawks. Detroit also has won four of its last five Thanksgiving games despite last year’s loss to Minnesota.
Bottom line: Detroit will have to be better in one-score games against an improved NFC North across the board. The Lions were 3-4 in one-score games last season — albeit with one loss coming on a controversial finish in a 30-26 loss to Atlanta. This record could go either way a game or two, but it is best to start in the middle given the tough road patches. Record prediction: 8-8
The Bills selected Allen despite UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen also being available at No. 7. The Arizona Cardinals later traded up to No. 10 to select Rosen.
“Both are very good players,” Beane said. “Just talking about Allen, [he’s] big. This is Buffalo. Big guy. An athlete. Really, for his size, you look at all the testing numbers, you look at the film — very good athlete. Makes plays in the pocket and on the run.”
Allen completed 56 percent of his passes at Wyoming. When asked on a conference call what he would tell fans who want to examine his college statistics, Allen cracked, “Don’t do it. Don’t look at the stats. Trust me.