If you were to take a poll of your friends, co-workers, strangers on the street, etc., I’d put money down that they think the Eagles are done this year. They’re the only sub-.500 team in the NFC East – and their “one game out of first” thing is great and all but they have no tiebreaker. But that hasn’t phased ESPN and their Football Power Index from saying the Eagles will win the division.
The Eagles, Giants, and Cowboys all project to win between 7.5 and 8.5 games, but ESPN gives the Eagles a 38.5% to win the NFC East, a 47.5% chance to make the playoffs, and a 2.1% chance to win the Super Bowl. Even as the Eagles lose supposedly winnable games, the rest of the division refuses to look impressive, keeping the birds in the fight. Every week from here on out, however, feels like a must-win.