Each Wednesday, the SB Nation NFL team sites explore a special theme. This week's theme question obviously ties into the Thanksgiving holiday: “What are you thankful for?”
The answer is simple. We’re all very thankful for this Philadelphia Eagles season.
It’s been a magical ride. Going from 7-9 last year to 9-1 through the first 10 games this year ... who saw this coming?
It wasn’t even that crazy to think the Eagles were going to improve. But not many could have predicted they’d be THIS good.
The Eagles own the best record in the NFL. They own the best point differential in the NFL. They rank No. 1 overall in DVOA.
And while there are still six games left to be played, the numbers indicate they’re in pretty good shape.
#FlyEaglesFlyPosted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Eagles playoffs odds: 99.95%— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) November 22, 2017
Win division: 99.8%
First round bye: 83.4%
No. 1 seed: 59.6%
Win Super Bowl: 23.3% pic.twitter.com/ucq4ExM8VW
This is the best the Eagles have been in what feels like a very long time. (And arguably ever ... ?)
There’s so much credit to go around.
We’re thankful for Jeffrey Lurie for being patient with Howie Roseman and keeping him around to run this team. (I never thought I’d be saying that!)
We’re thankful for Roseman hiring Doug Pederson (another thing I didn’t expect to be saying) and making the trades it took to acquire a stud franchise quarterback: Carson Wentz. Not to mention hiring Joe Douglas to help him with player personnel evaluations.
We’re thankful for Pederson leading his team to such a good season. From creative play-calling to manifesting unselfish locker room culture, Pederson has earned Coach of the Year consideration. His entire coaching staff seems to be getting the most out of their guys.
We’re thankful for Wentz. He’s the franchise quarterback the Eagles have sorely lacked for too long now. No more talking ourselves into lesser talents. Wentz is the real deal. He could very well end up being the NFL MVP ... in only his second season!
We’re thankful for the best offensive line in the NFL. Even with Jason Peters out for the season, which is a huge bummer, Philly is still smashing people up front. They’re paving the way for a successful running game as well as keeping Wentz well-protected. Jason Kelce is having a huge bounce-back year. Lane Johnson is the best right tackle in the NFL. Stefen Wisniewski has stabilized the left guard position. Brandon Brooks is a Pro Bowl right guard who hasn’t allowed a sack all season. Halapoulivaati Vaitai has developed into a capable starter.
We’re thankful for a running back rotation that’s become a FOUR-headed monster. Jay Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount, Corey Clement, and even Kenjon Barner are all bringing things to the table.
We’re thankful for a wide receiver corps that is SO MUCH BETTER from last year’s abomination. It took some time for Alshon Jeffery to get going but he’s looking like a No. 1 wide receiver recently. Nelson Agholor is no longer the worst receiver in the NFL. Torrey Smith is a legitimate deep threat. Mack Hollins is literally unstoppable. Marcus Johnson earned his spot on the roster with a strong camp and gives the Eagles even more depth. What’s great about this group is that they don’t complain about the ball being shared among themselves.
We’re thankful for Zach Ertz finally having that breakout year everyone always expected to happen! Brent Celek is still toughing it out for this team and Trey Burton is a nice role player as well.
We’re thankful for Jim Schwartz and the Eagles’ defense. That defensive line is EATING. Fletcher Cox, Tim Jernigan, Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry, Derek Barnett, and Chris Long are beasts. Nigel Bradham and Mychal Kendricks, who a lot of people wrote off (guilty), have really stepped up at linebacker. The secondary is no longer a major weakness thanks to contributions from a number of cornerbacks: Patrick Robinson, Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby, Rasul Douglas. The safeties on the back end, Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod, keep things stable as well.
We’re thankful for a team that’s compromised of a number of players who do great work off the field. We’re thankful for what Carson Wentz was able to do for the Dutch Destroyer and his family. We’re thankful for Chris Long donating his entire season of paychecks in order to fund scholarships. These efforts make an already likeable team even easier to root for.
We’re thankful that this year feels different. We’re so used to disappointment. But this team is giving us something to believe in. There’s nothing fluky about what the Eagles are doing. They’re legitimately great. We owe it to ourselves to take a moment and appreciate how special this season has been so far.
We’re thankful for having the best fans in the NFL. The community here at Bleeding Green Nation is awesome. You’ve helped BGN become the No. 1 team site here at SB Nation ... of any sports league! You’ve helped me to run BGN as a full-time job. You’ve helped BGN Radio grow from “merely a podcast” to a podcast with a radio show on a SportsRadio 94WIP that also does live events such as broadcasting from the 2017 NFL Draft or concert venues. Your passion only helps to fuel ours.
We’re thankful that we can dream of having a parade down Broad Street in February. Hopefully that dream comes true. We deserve it.
Happy Thanksgiving, BGN.