We’re now just days away from the 2023 NFL regular season. The Philadelphia Eagles will be hoping to return to the Super Bowl and finish what they started in 2022, bringing the City of Brotherly Love its second championship since 2017.
Here’s your ultimate Eagles season preview – breaking down the Draft, recapping the offseason, and preparing you for what promises to be another enthralling year of Football.
Philadelphia Eagles stun during NFL Draft
Round 1, pick 9: Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia
Round 1, Pick 30, Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia
Round 2, pick 65: Tyler Steen, OL, Alabama
Round 2, pick 66: Sydney Brown, S, Illinois
Round 4, pick 105: Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
Round 6, pick 188: Tanner McKee, QB, Stanford
Round 7, pick 245: Moro Ojomo, DT, Texas
What a weekend this was. The Eagles aggressively landed not one, but two dominant Georgia stalwarts for their defense. Jalen Carter replaces Javon Hargrave while Nolan Smith has already earned the nickname of ‘Mini Reddick’. These two players will be pivotal to the defense’s success in 2023.
Elsewhere, the Eagles added Sydney Brown during the second round of the draft just one pick after adding another versatile lineman in Tyler Steen. With Jason Kelce returning to one more year, Howie Roseman was given some roster flexibility
Offseason additions and losses
- RB Rashaad Penny
- RB D’Andre Swift
- S Terrell Edmunds
- WR Olamide Zaccheaus
- QB Marcus Mariota
- TE Albert Okwuegbunam
- RB Miles Sanders
- DB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson
- S Marcus Epps
- DT Javon Hargrave
- LB T.J Edwards
- LB Kyzir White
- QB Gardner Minshew
The Eagles were not heavy players in the free agency market. Instead, a lot of internal housekeeping was prioritized, and rightfully so. The Eagles were not only able to retain Jason Kelce, but both Darius Slay AND James Bradberry. One-year deals were given to the likes of Brandon Graham, ensuring that the core players remain and gives enough time for the next generation of players to develop.
Of course, the biggest story of the offseason was Jalen Hurts signing a $255M contract, but we’ll talk more about that later.
Week 1: @ New England Patriots
Week 2: vs. Minnesota Vikings
Week 3: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 4: vs. Washington Commanders
Week 5: @Los Angeles Rams
Week 6: @ New York Jets
Week 7: vs. Miami Dolphins
Week 8: @ Washington Commanders
Week 9: vs. Dallas Cowboys
Week 10: BYE
Week 11: @ Kansas City Chiefs
Week 12: vs. Buffalo Bills
Week 13: vs. San Francisco 49ers
Week 14: @ Dallas Cowboys
Week 15: @ Seattle Seahawks
Week 16: vs. New York Giants
Week 17: vs. Arizona Cardinals
Week 18: @New York Giants
This is a much tougher schedule than the one enjoyed by the Eagles in 2022. In particular, the slate of games between week 11 and 15 looks beyond intimidating. However, if there is ever a window for Hurts to prove himself as the MVP, and the Eagles to cement themselves as true Super Bowl contenders, this is it.
Their win total for 2023 is set at 11.5. You can bet on the OVER or UNDER this total at most good sportsbooks. We’ve found some exciting sign-up offers if you want to make your first bet ahead of the new season.
Eagles storylines to watch in 2023
Jalen Hurts becomes the $255M man
It felt inevitable from the moment he stepped onto the field in week 1 of last season. Jalen Hurts became the NFL’s highest-paid player this past offseason when he signed a huge $255M extension, keeping him in Philadelphia through 2028. The Birds may have fallen short in the Super Bowl, but on the grandest stage of all, Hurts showed the world just how bright he could shine.
The quarterback accounted for 375 of the 415 yards of offense: over 80% of the offensive production for the birds in the Super Bowl. He left Howie Roseman with next to no choice. Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert were all names awaiting a big payday, so jumping the gun before the price sky-rockets even further was a wise move.
Jalen Hurts put together an MVP-worthy campaign and helped old pal A.J Brown push past the 1,000 yard mark along with DeVonta Smith. His passing was precise, his composure was unparalleled, and his trust in wideouts deep down the field was capitalized on again and again. It was a phenomenal season that not only showed how good he is, but how good he can still be.
With all of his favorite targets back in the fold and lifelong mentor Brian Johnson as offensive coordinator, the Eagled look primed to make some more noise in 2023.
A revamped defense is ready to take flight
Losing Javon Hargrave hurt and there are still questions to be answered at linebacker, but the core of this defense is as nasty as it ever has been. Jalen Carter joins former Georgia teammate, Jordan Davis, at DT, while Jalen Carter and Haaason Reddick look to become the most dominant 1-2 pass-rushing punch in the entire league.
Nakobe Dean is primed to become the heartbeat of the defense and the secondary behind him is not only comprised of elite corners, but young defensive backs such as Reed Blankenship, Kelee Ringo, Sydney Brown, and Josh Jobe, who are all going to develop leaps and bounds this season.
The cherry on the cake is Sean Desai, who takes over from Jonathan Gannon as defensive coordinator. Gannon’s defense did a lot of the heavy lifting to mask his flaws as a coordinator last year and they were truly exposed in the Super Bowl. Desai’s approach to defense stems from Vic Fangio’s coaching philosophies, which is something the Eagles have been slowly but surely adopting over the last year or do.
Desai loves using versatility to create confusion and mismatches. That bodes perfectly for a defense that is filled with athletic freaks who have been cross-trained at various points in their careers. It might take a while for things to settle into place, but the Eagles defense looks like it’s going to be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
A new-look backfield
The Eagles chose to let Miles Sanders walk this past offseason and opted to build a committee backfield in his place. For the price of what Sanders is now being paid in Carolina, the Birds have a three-headed monster that could rival the best backfields in the league if they all stay healthy. Rashaad Penny is a dominant back between the tackles and D’Andre Swift used the preseason to send a reminder to the league as to just how lethal he can be in the open field.
With Kenny Gainwell and Boston Scott sandwiching these two proven commodities, the Eagles have ticked every box you could possibly think of. Altogether, the backfield has an abundance of versatility, receiving ability, and thunder through the tackles.
If Jalen Hurts and the option-based offense didn’t provide enough danger already, this backfield is sure to bring the boom.
While many teams regress in the offseason following a Super Bowl appearance, the Eagles seem to have only gotten stronger. Their franchise QB is locked in for the foreseeable future, the defense as been injected with an explosive sense of youth, and Nick Sirianni has completely rebuilt this Locker room to the strongest it ever has been.
The schedule might prove to be tougher, but this team is more than capable of handling it all. Can they repeat as NFC Champions? I’m not sure. But that has to be the aim.
If they achieve this, then an MVP Award should be headed to Philadelphia and more specifically, Jalen Hurts. Many believe that he would’ve won the award last year had it not been for an injury setback towards the end of the season. If the Eagles can prove the doubters wrong and beat the likes of the Chiefs and Bills en-route to another Super Bowl berth, there should be no question as to who the most valuable player in the NFL is.
Philadelphia Eagles betting markets
Philadelphia Eagles to win the Super Bowl +650
Philadelphia Eagles to win the NFC Championship +250
Philadelphia Eagles to win the NFC East -135
Philadelphia Eagles to record over 11.5 wins -105
Jalen Hurts bets
Jalen Hurts to record over 3700 passing yards -105
Jalen Hurts to record over 22.5 passing touchdowns -105
Jalen Hurts to throw for more than 4,000 passing yards +200
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