Here are 5 realistic goals for the Eagles to accomplish in 2022
At the start of the football season, some coaches like to recap how the previous season went, showing stats and standings for every major major category within the organization.
When the Eagles look at this information, they would see they had a decent first year under head coach Nick Sirianni, finishing with a 9-8 record and a playoff berth. Their offense led the league in rushing offense, but showed room for improvement in the passing game. The defense statistically finished in the top 10 in total yards allowed per game, but allowed high completion percentages to some of the league’s best quarterbacks.
After several off-season additions and returning players, the Eagles’ goals and aspirations will also increase.
Here are five realistic goals for the Eagles to accomplish in the 2022 season:
Finish in the top 5 points in the red zone
According to Team Rankings, the Eagles finished with the eighth-highest red-zone touchdown rate in the league last season (62.9%). With the addition of AJ Brown, it will be harder for opposing defenses to get past tight end Dallas Goedert and wide receiver DeVonta Smith. Goedert, who led the Eagles in red-zone targets last year (12), should have more one-on-one clashes near the goal line and could capitalize on the space created by Brown .
Jalen Hurts finishes with 4,600 total yards
It’s no secret that the Eagles offense will go as far as quarterback Jalen Hurts will take it. Hurts, entering his second straight season as a starter, finished last season with 3,928 total yards (3,144 passing yards and 784 rushing yards). With the recent additions on offense, coupled with an extra year on offense and more guns surrounding him, Hurts could be in line for a stat line that looks like 3,800 assists and 800 rushing yards in 2022. If Hurts has a performance like that, something he’s capable of, it will make the offense difficult to defend against.
The defense has at least 40 sacks
The Eagles had just 29 sacks last season, a disappointing total considering the Eagles invested heavily in their defensive line. However, with the additions of defensive tackle Jordan Davis, the team’s first-round pick in this year’s draft, as well as the signing of linebacker Hasson Reddick in free agency, the Eagles’ pass rush should be able to reach the opposing quarterbacks. The Eagles are expected to have more than 40, but the new total would put them in the middle of the pack for 2021 sack totals in the league.
Win the NFC East
There hasn’t been a repeat champion in the NFC East since 2004, when the Eagles won their fourth straight division title. This apparently puts the Eagles in a good position as the Dallas Cowboys won the division last year.
After finishing 3-3 in the division last season, the Eagles and their improved roster appear to be in a good position to take advantage of changes made by other NFC East teams.
The Giants are in the midst of a rebuild and are still trying to learn new head coach Brian Daboll and the system he brings with him from the Buffalo Bills. Washington COs have question marks with former Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz going for them and a few questions regarding the consistency of their defense. The Cowboys lost several key players, including point carrier Randy Gregory.
The Eagles need to find a way to finally beat the Cowboys, to whom they’ve lost in three straight games. If they split the season streak, they will still be in a good position to win their Premier League title since 2019.
Win a playoff game
One of the benefits of winning the division is having a playoff game. The Eagles should be able to accomplish that next season and use the experience of last season’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to help them into the 2022 playoffs.
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