Best and worst case scenario for 2022

Welcome to FanSided’s 2022 NFL Preview! It’s time to peek inside our crystal clear football and take a look at the Philadelphia Eagles season prediction.

Welcome to the second year of the Nick Sirianni experience. Six new head coaches were hired by NFL franchises in 2021. One led his team to the playoffs: Sirianni.

However, there is more to the story than that. Six of Philly’s eight losses were against playoff teams, including two losses against the Dallas Cowboys, though only one by starters. Additionally, Philadelphia went without a single win against a postseason team, meaning the Eagles needed to improve to return to the playoffs.

This year, the battle for the NFC East crown will be a two-team race. Dallas and Philadelphia are the favorites. The answers as to who has the upper hand will vary depending on who you are speaking to.

Recap of the 2021 Philadelphia Eagles season

  • 9-8 record
  • 2nd in the NFC East
  • Lost to Buccaneers in Wild Card

It was fun for a while. Philadelphia’s unexpected march into the NFC Wild Card Round burst into flames as the defending champion Buccaneers cheered with a 31-15 rear end in Tampa.

The end result doesn’t really show how one-sided the game was. Still, the organization has a lot to be proud of, and if the 2021 campaign is a testament to what everyone has to look forward to, the Eagles are on the right track.

Philadelphia Eagles 2022 NFL Draft class

  • Round 1, Pick 13: Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
  • Round 2, Pick 51: Cam Jurgens, C, Nebraska
  • Round 3, Pick 83: Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
  • Round 6, Pick 181: Kyron Johnson, LB, Kansas
  • Round 6, Pick 198: Grant Calcaterra, TE, SMU

General Manager Howie Roseman is often criticized, and if we’re honest, sometimes the complaints are justified. Imagining him in a war room may lead to some
sleepless nights, but he deserves credit for the two youngest classes.

In April, Roseman added what might be the draft’s best centre-back in Davis. Landing a prospect with first-round talent, Dean, in Round 3 must also be counted as a win.

Calcaterra struggled with head injuries at the collegiate level. Those appear to be behind him, but he missed valuable time in training camp as a hamstring problem emerged. His place on the 53-man list is not certain but if he heals he could surprise people.

Jurgens will eventually take over from legend Jason Kelce to anchor the offensive line, but we may not see much of him this season. Still, there’s a lot of excitement surrounding this class, and there’s reason to believe it’s warranted.

Philadelphia Eagles offense preview for the 2022 season

  • Important off-season additions
    • Zach Pascal, WR
    • AJ Brown, WR
  • Largest X-factor: Jalen hurts
  • Squeakiest wheel: Jalen hurts

After an amazing off-season, fans and media are dealing with something they haven’t had recently; Expectations. Once the regular season begins, Hurts has 17 games to prove he’s the long-term answer to quarterback. can he do it Time will tell, but with a busy roster and a favorable schedule, mistakes and excuses will not be tolerated.

Philadelphia Eagles defense preview for the 2022 season

  • Important off-season additions
    • Haason Reddick, LB
    • James Bradberry, CB
    • Kyzir Weiss, LB
  • Largest X-factor: Aging veterans on the defensive line
  • Squeakiest wheel: The security position

The jury is still on defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon.

Last season, Gannon’s defense failed in big moments against elite quarterbacks. This year Gannon’s talent should be enhanced. The runner-up gets a boost with Bradberry and safety Jaquiski Tartt coming from the San Francisco 49ers. Is Tartt enough to replace the late Rodney McLeod? Big shoes.

As always in Philadelphia, the front seven looks deep. Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox are older but remain good vets, while Davis and Dean bring juniors from the Georgia Bulldogs championship roster. Then there’s Haason Reddick, who is returning to his jobs after starring with the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers for the past two years.

Overview of the Philadelphia Eagles coaching staff

  • head coach: Nick Sirianni
  • Out of. Coordinator: Shane Steinen
  • Def. Coordinator: Jonathan Gannon

We criticized Gannon above, so we’ll give him credit. His defense should improve in 2022.

This could be his last run in Philadelphia if he catapults himself back into the head coach-candidate conversation. If so, the Birds have a nice internal candidate to replace him in defensive back coach Dennard Wilson.

Shane Steichen is the offensive coordinator and handles play-calling duties. Expect fireworks. This team has some playmakers and last year they pulled off the best rushing attack in pro football. Make no mistake though, the Eagles know they need balance.

Philadelphia Eagles Awards clock

Philadelphia sent five players to the 2021 Pro Bowl: center Jason Kelce, cornerback Darius Slay, defensive tackle Javon Hargrave, defensive end Josh Sweat, and kicker Jake Elliott. Kelce and Lane Johnson each earned first-team and second-team All-Pro nods.

This team is filled with talent, and when that translates to double-digit wins, no one should be shocked when the aforementioned stars make the Pro Bowl, or when guys like Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham and James Bradberry turn back the clock and win a checkback.

Jalen Hurts, MVP

Jalen hurts for MVP? It seems an unlikely scenario, but if Philly’s franchise signal caller makes big strides and if Philadelphia wins the NFC East, who knows? Yes, those are a lot of ifs, but they shouldn’t be viewed as big questions with the roster this organization has put together.

Jordan Davis, Defensive Rookie of the Year

Again, this might be the best rookie centre-back. Davis could make an instant name for himself, but for now it’s wise to take the day-at-a-time approach.

Brandon Graham, Comeback Player of the Year

Graham received his first Pro Bowl nomination at the end of the 2020 NFL season. He probably should have been called up to the squad at 17 and 19, but that’s another story.

Graham’s run in 21 ended with a torn Achilles tendon that forced him to miss all but two games. He’s back and wants to prove he’s far from done. We’d be shocked if this wasn’t a monstrous season for No.55.

Biggest game in the Philadelphia Eagles schedule

Philadelphia’s toughest test of the campaign comes late. From Weeks 11-13 they battle the Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans. The first game of this stretch takes place with the latter two at Lincoln Financial Field.

Philadelphia Eagles Season Prediction: Best and Worst Case Scenarios

If all goes well, this team should win the division. They are favored in most of their games and an 11-win season could be within reach. We’re going to make a guess and say they will part ways with Dallas and lose to Indy, Green Bay, Tennessee, the Arizona Cardinals and the New Orleans Saints. Of course, there is another side to this coin. You could fall off the wagon and miss the playoffs entirely.

A Week 8 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, a win of the season by the Cowboys, and unexpected losses can’t be ruled out either. An unexpected injury at one or two key positions can change things quickly.

Philadelphia Eagles season prediction for 2022

  • 11-6 record
  • 1st place in the NFC East
  • Playoff Prediction: Win in the wild card round and lose in the division round

Read more from FanSided’s 2022 NFL Preview here. For more coverage of the Philadelphia Eagles, Check out Inside The Iggles. Best and worst case scenario for 2022

John Verrall

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