The NFL is, by nature, a very unpredictable league. This makes the games that much more exciting, as a team can come from nowhere and have a very strong season. Turnarounds like the Dolphins had from 2007 to 2008, where they improved their record from 1-15 to 11-5, keep fans of every market interested no matter how bleak things may look. Just last year, the Giants started 6-6 before rallying over the next four games to make the playoffs and win the Super Bowl.
This year, expectations are high for several teams. The Giants will obviously look to repeat, and mainstays such as the Saints, 49ers and Packers will try to make it back to the top of the pile. There are several teams, though, who might just surpass all of them. These are three NFC teams that didn’t even make the playoffs last year – but have a legitimate shot to win it all this year.
The Eagles become a bit of a media punching bag last season after Vince Young remarked that they were a Dream Team in the making. To an extent, this was actually true. The individual pieces were all there: The team had made stellar acquisitions in Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Comartie, and they were adding their new weapons to an arsenal that already included LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson. Michael Vick was also coming off of a very impressive 2010 campaign, although injuries ended up as an issue.
For the 2012 Eagles, the issue isn’t talent. They have plenty of individual pieces. The goal will be to make those pieces work well together and actually resemble a team. McCoy is a great running back and Asomugha is a great corner, but the chemistry was missing on offense and defense. The team has a head coach with plenty of experience in Andy Reid, although the recent passing away of his son may impact his ability to stay focused and lead his team. If the Eagles find their center, they could be a team that nobody wants to play against. Read more here…