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8-8 can win the East

Louie DiBiase



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Break out the playoff machine ladies and gentleman. After a come from behind 25-22 victory over the New York Giants, the Eagles are back in the hunt.

At 5-6, the Eagles kept their playoff hopes alive closing the gap in the NFC East to just one game. While a wild-card berth is still possible, winning the division is an easier path to the postseason.

Most likely, the Eagles need to get to 9-7 for a high percentage chance. However, for the glass half empty Eagle fans out there that think losing just one more game is unrealistic, 8-8 could still get it done for the Birds.

It makes sense to be pessimistic in the Eagles going 4-1 the rest of the way. They have yet to win back to back games in 2018.

The schedule isn’t a cakewalk either. For the rest of the season, the Eagles play teams with .500 records or higher taking on the Redskins twice, Dallas one more time, the Rams, and the Texans.

Hypothetically if the Eagles drop two of those games and go 8-8, it wouldn’t be crazy if Philadelphia still slipped into the playoffs.

How does it happen?

1.Sweep the NFC East games 

To have any chance the Eagles need to beat Washington twice and Dallas. That would get the Eagles to 8 wins. For this hypothetical, we will say the Rams and Texans both beat Philadelphia.

2. Cowboys must lose two of four against the Saints, Colts, Buccanneers, and Giants

Gotta give it to Dallas, they’ve been on a roll as of late. They still aren’t close to New Orleans and they shouldn’t be heavy favorites in any of the other three match-ups.

At the Super Dome, it would take an incredible upset for Dallas to take down the 10-1 Saints. Assuming New Orleans takes care of business, the Eagles would need the Colts, Buccanneers, or Giants to beat the Cowboys.

Two of those three games are on the road.

All three possibilities are pretty realistic.

3. Redskins must lose one of three against the Giants, Jaguars, and Titans 

These aren’t overly difficult match-ups for Washington but with Colt McCoy under center for the rest of the season, the Redskins won’t be a lock for any win the rest of the way.

The Giants are a tough test inside the division.

The Jacksonville game will come down to what defense makes more plays

The Titans are fighting for a playoff spot in the AFC and are a tough opponent already taking down the Eagles and Cowboys. Not to mention they beat New England just a few weeks ago.

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In this scenario, the Eagles can still afford to lose two more games.

9-7 is the easier path but there is still hope if the Eagles can’t go 5-0 or 4-1 the rest of the way.

Louie, an Eagles, and NFL enthusiast all his life has finally found his home to share his thousands of takes on the Philadelphia Eagles with Locked on Eagles. Louie also works in Buffalo sports radio as a producer for WGR Sports Radio 550 the official home of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres, in addition to working as the Sports Director for 91.3 FM WBNY Buffalo. He may be far from the nest, but Louie bleeds green just like the rest of Eagles Nation. Fly Eagles Fly.

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Bell over Brown is an obvious choice for the Eagles

Louie DiBiase



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It’s almost fishing season in the NFL as all 32 teams look to catch some nice pieces for their roster through free agency, the draft, and the trade market. While the biggest fish don’t always tend to swim in those waters, every year a few big names suddenly become available for a team looking to spend.

This year, it just so happens two of the best at their position are up for grabs, and they both are coming from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Star offensive weapons in RB Le’Veon Bell and WR Antonio Brown will both be in different jerseys next year for the first time in their careers. Bell is set to become a free agent, while Pittsburgh and Brown agreed a trade is in the best interest for both sides.

On paper, the Eagles could make sense for both. Adding weapons around Carson Wentz will always be a priority. However if Howie Roseman and the front office decide they want to go after one of these expensive play-makers, Bell makes much more sense for a number of reasons.


Bell doesn’t come with the baggage Brown does

Don’t let this fool you. Talent beats culture. It is why the Steelers were consistently atop the AFC despite a chaotic locker room. Coaches like Chip Kelly flamed out because they prioritized scheme and a robotic culture.

Despite that, Brown’s antics off the field are a real concern. He quit on his team with the season on the line. Pittsburgh needed a win and a Baltimore loss to make the postseason in Week 17 but Brown was MIA.

The temper tantrums on the sidelines, ghosting your team with the season on the line, that kind of behavior despite six straight seasons of 100+ receptions is eye opening.

Bell doesn’t have that stench to him. While Steelers fans will tell you Bell was selfish and uncommitted to football, it is unfair to say he has character concerns because he didn’t want to risk his long term health in a contract year. He wanted to be paid like the star he is and Pittsburgh wanted to pay the position not the player. Can’t blame either side.


Brown would require trade assets AND a big contract 

Some people love to scoff at the idea of paying any significant resource for a star RB like Bell. While it wouldn’t be smart to kill the salary cap for the do-it-all weapon, it is far more reasonable to pay Bell rather than pay Brown big money and give up the trade assets it would take to get him from Pittsburgh.

What sounds better to you? $14+ million a year for Bell or $14+ million a year for Brown and perhaps a 2nd round pick + Nelson Agholor?

Bell, Agholor, and the rookie taken with that 2nd round pick sounds a lot better than just Brown.

The report Bell wants $50 million in the first two years is scary. He turned down a 5 year $70 million deal with the Steelers but perhaps when the market develops Bell will have to temper his expectations.


Bell’s age and position is more attractive to the Eagles

Two other major elements in deciding between Bell and Brown would be age and position.

By the start of next season, Brown will be 31. Bell will be be 27. Bell has four years on Brown.

If Bell could maintain his productivity into his early 30’s, the Eagles could be set at RB for 5-6 years.

Being a running back also makes him a more attractive option. Doug Pederson’s offense is in desperate need of a talented RB.

Having a weapon like Bell in the backfield that can be your top runner, a top receiver, and efficient pass blocker puts this Eagles offense on a level only the Saints and Rams can match in the NFC.

It also makes the offense less predictable. Using a committee with featured grinders like Ryan Mathews, LeGarrette Blount, Jay Ajay, and Josh Adams to go along with the clear pass catchers in Darren Sproles and Corey Clement can be a good way to keep your backs fresh, but it is clear what the offense plans to do on 3rd and 4 when Sproles is out there.

It is easier to predict what Pederson will do on 3rd and 2 when Blount was out there. Someone like Bell keeps the defense guessing in any situation.

While the Eagles could use more speed on offense, Brown would be a luxury. A luxury that could cost high draft picks, players, a high cap hit, and potential baggage.

Is that worth it for a team that already has at least four quality receiving options? Can’t imagine Brown would be happy not seeing 13+ targets a game.



History tells us the Eagles won’t go after either Bell or Brown. However with an aggressive front office that has shown a commitment in surrounding their franchise QB with weapons, it wouldn’t be suprising to see one of these two in midnight green. Especially with Roseman’s ability to perform magic on the salary cap.

If they decide to pursue one, it should be Le’Veon Bell.

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Philadelphia Eagles

Offseason Options: Wide Receiver

Louie DiBiase



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The Eagles have plenty of weapons for Carson Wentz to throw to in 2019. The WR position, however, could use more speed to compliment the bigger weapons in Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz, and Dallas Goedert.

If Golden Tate, Mike Wallace, and/or Jordan Matthews leave the Eagles this offseason, what options does Howie Roseman have in free agency and the draft when it comes to pass catchers?

Louie and Gino give some big name options in the draft and free agency, as well as some receivers that could fly under the radar in both offseason periods.

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Philadelphia Eagles

Offseason Options: Running Back

Louie DiBiase



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It is time for the Eagles to add some serious talent in the backfield. What are their options if they want to add a big name free agent? What about a high draft pick?

If Howie Roseman sticks to his strategy of lower-priced free agents or draft picks, who could be a diamond in the rough?

Our “Offseason options’ series begins with RB on the Locked on Eagles podcast!

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