The Philadelphia Eagles have cemented themselves as one of the premier teams in the NFL with their performance this season. While some people thought their hot start was just a fluke, at this point it is more than that.
Philadelphia remains the only undefeated team in the NFL as they are 8-0 heading into their Week 10 matchup with the Washington Commanders. Some will point to the Eagles’ schedule as being an underwhelming one, but you still need to play at a high level to win as any team can win in any given week as upsets happen regularly.
To this point, the Eagles have avoided any such letdowns and handled business. They have a +90 point differential on the season, which is second-best in the league behind only the Buffalo Bills, who are at +102.
There have been dominant performances throughout the season as Philadelphia has a top-four offense and defense in terms of yardage gained and allowed and points scored and given up. They are strong in every facet of the game, but some people within the NFL actually believe that is a bad thing.
As shared by Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, one NFL executive has some doubts about the team. The executive actually believes it would be better if the Eagles lost a few times before the postseason and questions if they have the resolve to make a deep playoff run.
“I could see [the Eagles] being a one-and-done — they haven’t had to go 15 rounds with anybody yet. I just wonder if they are battle tested. I think a few late-season losses would actually help them.”
Sure, some things can be learned from losses, but a few losses at the end of the season could be detrimental. The Minnesota Vikings are right behind them at 7-1 in the standings but luckily, the Eagles own the tiebreaker with a head-to-head win. If they were to lose to divisional opponents, their lead in the NFC East could quickly slip away as well, dropping them down the seeding line for playoff positioning.
Teams can get a reality check without losing a game as there is no doubt Philadelphia wants to keep this undefeated streak going for as long as possible. There are going to be some challenges the rest of the season as divisional games are always emotional and physical contests and the Eagles have four of them left, including this week’s matchup with Washington.