5 Reasons The Eagles Can Win The NFC East

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Playoffs? Playoffs?!

Thanks to Carson Wentz’s historic 278 yard, two touchdown, no interception regular season debut, Eagles fans are dreaming. And why not? The NFC East is wide open.

Here are five reasons the Eagles can win the NFC East.

5. The schedule

 

Brandon Graham

PHILADELPHIA, PA – OCTOBER 19: Brandon Graham #55 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates a sack against Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 19, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

 

The Eagles play three division home games in the final four weeks of the season:

Week 14: vs WAS
Week 16: vs NYG
Week 17: vs DAL

So as long as they stay competitive throughout the season, the Eagles should have a legitimate chance to do some divisional damage late in the season. CBS’s Boomer Esiason agrees.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see if all of these are in two games of each other and still having to play other,” Esiason told the 94WIP Mike & Ike Show on Friday. “The Eagles have a chance. If they stay healthy, they’ll have as good a chance as any in the NFC East to win the division.”

4. The decline of Tony Romo

 

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 25: Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys lies on the turf after being injured in the first quarter during a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on August 25, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 25: Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys lies on the turf after being injured in the first quarter during a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on August 25, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

 

The Dallas Cowboys are a really, really good football team…with a healthy Tony Romo. Probably the clear favorites to win the NFC East. But the reality is, at 36-years-old, a healthy Tony Romo doesn’t exist anymore. Romo is currently out indefinitely with a back injury and the Cowboys are 0-1. Dak Prescott is a talented rookie, but he’s no Romo.

3. Jalen Mills might be good

 

Jalen Mills at Eagles practice

 

Cornerback is expected to be one of the Eagles’ weak spots in 2016. Jalen Mills might be able to improve that unit.

Mills will likely make his first career start at corner on Monday night against Alshon Jeffery and the Chicago Bears, with Leodis McKelvin expected to be out with a hamstring injury.

Mills, a seventh-round pick, fell in the draft because of off-the-field issues. However, the four-year starter at LSU has shown flashes during training camp and preseason and came away with a couple of big hits in the Eagles’ Week 1. McKelvin, 30, is not the answer for the Eagles at corner. But Mills might be.

2. Jim Schwartz’s defense 

 

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 11: Connor Barwin #98 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates Brandon Graham #55 after asking quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Cleveland Browns during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on September 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Browns 29-10. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 11: Connor Barwin #98 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates Brandon Graham #55 after asking quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Cleveland Browns during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on September 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Browns 29-10. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

 

We knew the Eagles have talent on defense, especially up-front and at safety with guys like Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, Fletcher Cox, Bennie Logan, Connor Barwin, Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry, and Jordan Hicks.

Maybe Bill Davis’ system was just holding them back?

The Eagles led the NFL in interceptions in the preseason with nine and was tied for seventh with 11 sacks. Against the Browns, the Eagles allowed just 10 points and the Browns never had a drive last longer than seven plays. They recorded three sacks (Cox, Graham, Barwin) and one interception (McLeod).

1. Carson Wentz 

 

Carson Wentz

PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 11: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles takes the field before a game against the Cleveland Browns at Lincoln Financial Field on September 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

 

Sam Bradford was supposed to start. Wentz was supposed to be inactive. Let’s not get carried away after one home game against the Browns, but…what if he is that good?

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