Over the course of 32 days (or so) I will be previewing all 32 NFL teams, followed by an overall season prediction post, leading up to the start of the 2014 season. This post is previewing the Philadelphia Eagles.
Chip Kelly’s fast-paced offense led to a 10-6 record and division title in his first season as the team’s head coach in 2013. The offense was ranked second in the league in yardage and fourth in points scored, led by a surprisingly strong performance by second-year QB Nick Foles in his 10 starts.
Foles threw for nearly 2900 yards and 27 touchdowns while throwing just two interceptions in his 317 attempts after replacing veteran QB Michael Vick as the starter. RB LeSean McCoy led the league with 1607 rushing yards — a career high — and added another 539 receiving yards, giving him more than 2100 all-purpose yards, again the best in the league. The team’s leading receiver last year was WR DeSean Jackson, who signed with the division rival Redskins in the offseason. WR Riley Cooper was the team’s next leading receiver in terms of yards, with 835 yards and eight touchdowns.
Nobody expects Foles to repeat the performance he had last year — a 27:2 touchdown to interception ratio is pretty difficult to duplicate — especially with the loss of Jackson, whose departure leaves Cooper and WR Jeremy Maclin — who missed all of last season with a torn ACL — atop the depth chart. But with one of the league’s best running backs in McCoy, as long as Foles’ stats don’t take a nosedive this season, the team should have another good year. The Eagles have some tough games on their schedule against the Colts, Packers, 49ers and Seahawks, but they appear to still be the best team in the division and have a good shot at a second straight division title.