It’s party time in Philadelphia for the foreseeable future, as Eagles fans are sure to be celebrating their 41-33 win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. It was an upset win for the ages, but one that wasn’t entirely surprising given how well the Eagles embraced the underdog role with starting QB Carson Wentz on the sidelines. While winning the Super Bowl is a glorious achievement, doing it in back to back years is about as tough as it gets. The Eagles have a tight-knit group of guys by all accounts, as well as a head coach who is about as fearless as they come. Does that all add up to a repeat, or will it be one and done for the Philadelphia Eagles?
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The Case for a Philadelphia Eagles Repeat
The most obvious argument here is that the Eagles won it all with their backup QB under center, which means they will be even better when Carson Wentz is back in charge. I would suggest that this team is in great shape with their QB combo unless they feel the need to trade Nick Foles since he is going to be in very high demand this offseason. The question here is whether a trade makes sense, as they would only save $2 million in cap space by moving Foles. There are not a lot of teams with a reliable backup o the sidelines, so I think they stand pat here, which means they will be strong in that position.
The running game also looks to be in great shape for the coming season. Jay Ajayi found a new lease on life when he moved over from the Dolphins, while Corey Clement proved in the Super Bowl that he is going to be one to watch next season. The Eagles were not great defensively in SB LII, but let’s not forget that they were going against the best QB ever to play the game. The Eagles will once again be fine on defense, which they are going to need to be in a brutal NFC.
The Case Against a Philadelphia Eagles Repeat
The biggest issue for the Philadelphia Eagles heading into next season in their salary cap. They will be over the cap when business commences for the new season, which means that some tough cuts are going to need to be made. When you are over the cap, those cuts tend to be very good players, and you can only hope that your current depth and the help you get in the draft is enough to fill those gaps.
Another thing to consider here is the overall strength of the NFC. The Packers are going to be back and hopefully healthy, while the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, and a handful of others are going to be challenging for the top spot in the conference. You would also expect the Dallas Cowboys to be much better next season, which means that the NFC East is not necessarily a shoe-in for the Eagles. No matter where they land in the final seedings in the NFC, getting out of the conference and into the Super Bowl is going to be tough. I am not so sure that they are going to be able to survive what is sure to be a brutal gauntlet.