The Philadelphia Eagles are the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL. They are 6-0 coming off of their bye, heading into a matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers. While Pittsburgh is 2-5 on the season, they should not be underestimated; it was only two weeks ago that they knocked off Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as big underdogs.
With an extra week of preparation, the Eagles should be ready to go against Pittsburgh, who has turned the offense over to rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett the last few weeks. While they are taking things game by game, there are likely a few eyes looking beyond at what could be down the road.
Philadelphia has their work cut out for them despite being undefeated. Their division, which many expected to be among the worst in the league this year, is actually the best. The New York Giants are 6-1, the Dallas Cowboys are 5-2 and the Washington Commanders are 3-4.
There aren’t many holes currently on the Eagles’ roster, as they have built a very strong team. They have performed excellently on both sides of the ball, ranking top five in yardage and points on both offense and defense.
A big move ahead of the trade deadline is unlikely, but Philadelphia should keep its eyes on making at least incremental improvements. NFL insider Jay Glazer was asked about whether they would make a move to solidify their roster for a Super Bowl run and he believes running back is where they could look.
“You know, I talked to Howie Roseman about this. He said he’s definitely going to start making calls all around the NFL. But, really, where is there [a position to address]? They’re a very solid team. They’ve got great depth. Maybe they add a running back to the mix, I could see them doing that. But not like some big, bold move. I just don’t see what’s out there for them at this point because their roster is so strong already.”
The Eagles were reportedly interested in Christian McCaffrey before the Carolina Panthers traded him to the San Francisco 49ers, so Glazer could be onto something with his prediction. He is as plugged in with teams around the NFL as anyone, so even when he is speculating something, it stems from being very informed.
Miles Sanders is currently leading the backfield and has been having a very solid season. Kareem Hunt would be an interesting addition because of the upgrade he would bring as a pass-catching back. There was hope that Kenneth Gainwell would fill that role, but he has only four receptions this season.
Boston Scott and Trey Sermon make up the rest of the depth, which Hunt would also be an upgrade over. Given the draft capital that the Cleveland Browns surrendered to acquire Deshaun Watson, they could very well be interested in a late Day 2 or early Day 3 pick in exchange for Hunt. If the Browns do not want to trade him, Philadelphia could inquire about D’Ernest Johnson, who was excellent in spot duty last season but can’t get on the field behind Nick Chubb and hunt.