10. Philadelphia Eagles (finished 15)
What I said at the end of last season:
"The first playoff team on the list, the Eagles managed to claw their way into the playoffs despite having an awful season where it looked like Carson Wentz was going to regress all the way into being a problem. Instead, the Eagles are going to have to lean heavily on Zach Ertz and a two-headed running game that looks promising with Jordan Howard (when he is back) and Miles Sanders behind that offensive line. Defensively, Brandon Graham looks really good and Derek Barnett is always close to making a big play. Unfortunately, I don’t know that they have what it takes as a whole to scare anyone in the playoffs."
Carson Wentz isn’t a great quarterback, but he doesn’t really have to be this year. The Eagles have one of the most talented offensive lines in the NFL and it will be fun to see someone as massive as Jason Peters play inside at guard next to some young athletic tackles and one of the best centers in the NFL.
Defensively the Eagles are deep in the trenches, and with Darius Slay and Nickell Roby-Coleman, I expect the pass coverage to be much better this season.
They have plenty of time to warm up before the crunch time really starts late in the season and they are built to survive a war of attrition in the trenches and with Miles Sanders in the backfield, I think they can run the ball enough to win even if Wentz has to do the bare minimum.
They aren’t the last NFC East team in my power rankings though.