The Philadelphia Eagles appear to be the vogue NFL pick in the NFC East, following a surprisingly solid 9-8-0 campaign and a wild card appearance in head coach Nick Sirianni’s first season and, simultaneously, Jalen Hurts’ second season in the league.
But were the Eagles really as good as their 2021 record suggests? Or were they simply only as good as their opponents were bad? If eight of the nine wins came against teams that finished under .500, then surely the latter would seem to be the correct answer, no?
Bookmakers appear to think otherwise as they tip the Eagles as the second-best bet to win the division at +155. They’re also projecting the Eagles to go over 9 ½ wins.
The Eagles assembled a franchise roster and that is propelling this market. There’s some serious talent in Philly. However, it’s built around a quarterback that is, frankly, still a big question mark. There are hopes that Hurts will take another measured step forward in his development in 2022. But what if he doesn’t? A mediocre quarterback can bring down a very good team.
If you’re a forward-thinking NFL bettor, as we are, then read on for our way too early game-by-game predictions for the Philadelphia Eagles. We dive into their NFL schedule, examine the NFL odds and take into consideration the latest NFL news, trades, injury reports and more before delivering our NFL picks and predictions.
2022 NFL Futures – Philadelphia Eagles
- Super Bowl LVII +3000
- NFC Conference +1400
- NFC East +155
- Regular Season Win Totals O 9½ (-130) / U 9½ (Ev)
Philadelphia Eagles Game-by-Game Predictions
Week 1 at Detroit Lions – Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
The Eagles torched the Lions 44-6 on Halloween last season, dealing them their worst defeat in franchise history. On the strength of that result, everyone and their grandmother is expecting the Eagles to swoop into Motown and fly the coop with a win. Perhaps, not as comprehensive, but a win nonetheless. For our money, this has all the hallmarks of being a trap game. The Lions might have finished 2021 with a 3-13-1 record, but they were one of the most inspired losing teams in recent years. Dan Campbell’s first year was about laying the foundations for a tough football team. His second year could see that steely mentality and resolve yield results
Week 2 vs Minnesota Vikings – Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, 8:30 p.m. ET
Will Kirk Cousins’ dreaded Monday Night Football curse rear its ugly head again? Cousins earned a reputation for choking under the lights in the league after losing nine straight Monday Night Football starts. But, wait for it … drumroll … he’s won his last two MNF games. Granted, a 2-9 record on MNF isn’t much to hang one’s hat on, but a two-game winning streak does give the Vikings some wiggle room for optimism. Unlike Hurts, Cousins can litter the stats sheet with dizzying numbers in the passing game. If he gets going, connecting with Dalvin Cooks and Justin Jefferson at will, this could be a rather disappointing home opener for the Eagles.
Week 3 at Washington Commanders – Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
Carson Wentz comes up against his former team for the first time since he absconded from the City of Brotherly Love after being replaced by Hurts late in the 2020 season. Wentz’s is on his third team in two years. His struggles during this period are well documented and they’ve prompted many to point to his decline as a sign that he’s washed up. Certainly, he hasn’t had a lot go right for him, but to suggest the 29-year-old is reaching his sell-by-date might be a touch premature. Coach Ron Rivera is an inspirational character. The Washington defense is nothing to sneeze at and Wentz will be motivated to make a point.
Week 4 vs Jacksonville Jaguars – Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
Doug Pederson comes up against his former team for the first time since he was unceremoniously fired at the end of a disappointing 2020 campaign – three years after he delivered the city’s first-ever Lombardi Trophy. Pederson will be motivated to get his own back, but his Jaguars aren’t there yet. Or are they? Perhaps Trevor Lawrence, touted as a generational quarterback in his draft year, will flourish in Pederson’s system? We’re chalking this as a home win, but don’t be surprised if Pederson does get payback.
Week 5 at Arizona Cardinals – Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, 4:25 p.m. ET
Now that Kyler Murray got his big payday, all eyes will be on the fourth-year quarterback to deliver. The Cardinals were one of the best teams out of the gates last season, reeling off a 7-0 record. There’s good reason to expect them to be similarly strong this season, if not as perfect. This will be a tough out for the Eagles.
Week 6 vs Dallas Cowboys – Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022, 8:20 p.m. ET
Hurts and the Eagles were thoroughly humiliated by the Cowboys last season. Yes, the Cowboys might have taken a step back talent-wise, but they still have the better quarterback.
Week 7 BYE
Week 8 vs Pittsburgh Steelers – Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
This in-state rivalry could go either way. Mike Tomlin hasn’t had a losing season since taking over as the Steelers head coach over 14 years ago, but he’s entering uncharted territory with new quarterbacks Mitch Trubisky and rookie Kenny Pickett. Hurts is a bit of a wild card on an otherwise solid roster. Home advantage could tip this in favor of the Eagles, but it wouldn’t be a total shocker if the Steelers did in fact come away with the win.
Week 9 at Houston Texans – Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, 8:15 p.m. ET
Going into a short week after a physical contest with the Steelers isn’t ideal. But when the matchup features a Texans outfit that is expected to struggle in 2022, it’s not so bad.
Week 10 vs Washington Commanders – Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, 8:15 p.m. ET
Hurts will be at pains to prove the organization made the right decision drafting him to replace Wentz. Similarly, Wentz will be out to prove the opposite. With the pressure greater on the former in front of a raucous home crowd and with the national spotlight of Monday Night Football, it could result in a bit of a letdown performance by the home side.
Week 11 at Indianapolis Colts – Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
This will be a bit of a homecoming for Sirianni as he returns to his old stomping grounds at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts are the vogue pick of the AFC South, not unlike the Eagles are in the NFC East, with many projecting that Matt Ryan will enjoy a late-career surge. Believe it when we see it.
Week 12 vs Green Bay Packers – Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, 8:20 p.m. ET
The Packers might have lost All-Pro wideout Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders, but they still have one of the most prolific quarterbacks in the game.
Week 13 vs Tennessee Titans – Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
A lot is being made about A.J, Brown leaving Tennessee for the greener pastures of Philadelphia – but that presupposes the 25-year-old wide receiver was the centerpiece of the Titans’ offense. He wasn’t, obviously. That honor goes to Derrick Henry. Fun fact: The Titans romped to the No.1 seed in the AFC without Henry, who missed the last nine games of the season
Week 14 at New York Giants – Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
The Eagles split the series with the Giants last season, losing 13-7 at MetLife Stadium in Week 12 before winning 34-10 at home in Week 16. The Giants aren’t expected to be contenders this season, but this still is a tricky divisional game.
Week 15 at Chicago Bears – Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
The Bears are expected to be terrible in 2022.
Week 16 at Dallas Cowboys – Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022, 4:25 p.m. ET
Until proven otherwise, Dak Prescott wins the matchup against Hurts every time.
Week 17 vs New Orleans Saints – Sunday, Jan 1, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
Hurts is 2-0 against the Saints, but there’s a caveat that comes with that unblemished record – he faced Taysom Hill and Trevor Siemian, respectively, in those contests. The Saints are a bit of a question mark with new head coach Dennis Allen, but they could still be dangerous floaters in the NFC so long as Jameis Winston plays as well as he did at the start of last season and the team remains relatively injury-free.
Week 18 vs New York Giants – Sunday, Jan 8, 2023, TBD
The Giants (and the Eagles, if these predictions bear out) could be packing it in before the final week of the season with players dusting off their golf clubs and looking ahead to their vacations. As such, it would be a toss-up. Home advantage skews it in favor of the hosts, though.