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One week can make a huge difference in the NFL.
Last week at this time, the Philadelphia Eagles had the third least confident fan base in the league by FanPulse standards. And could you blame them? No, you couldn’t, because the team was coming off two blowout losses that were accompanied by off-field drama.
A decisive win over the Buffalo Bills now has Eagles fans feeling significantly better. This is what a jump from 7% fan confidence to 54% fan confidence looks like:
54% fan confidence ranks 16th among all teams. That seems appropriate for this 4-4 Eagles teams. Beating the Bills doesn’t magically fix all the issues this team had on display in their blowout losses to the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys. But it’s hardly like all hope is lost for the Eagles. Looking at the rest of their schedule, the path to 10-6 and an NFC East title is there for the taking.
If the Eagles are going to really make a run at the playoffs, they’ll need to beat the Chicago Bears this weekend. Sunday’s game might be more important than you realize in terms of playoff leverage. Via ESPN’s Brian Burke:
As you may have realized by the gloom and doom tone over at Windy City Gridiron, Bears fans aren’t feeling so good about their team right now. Chicago has lost three in a row after starting out 3-1. The fact their starting quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky, stinks is kind of a big problem. As such, the Bears have replaced last week’s Eagles as the team with the third least fan confidence down at just 8%.
Elsewhere in the NFC East, the Michael Bennett trade acquisition has contributed to a fan confidence boost for the Dallas Cowboys.
The New York Giants experienced a slight increase despite dropping to 2-6 with Daniel Jones throwing four touchdowns and zero interceptions in last week’s loss.
Washington serves as a reminder that it could always be worse. They’re down to 0%.
This week’s national question has some relevance to the Eagles.
The Miami Dolphins will host the New York Jets at 1:00 PM this Sunday. I think the Dolphins might actually win given how 1) they’ve actually looked competitive over the past few weeks and 2) the Jets also a pretty big disaster.
There’s also a chance the New England Patriots might actually lose this week considering they’re playing on the road against a 5-2 Baltimore Ravens team coming off a bye.
If the Pats don’t lose, the Eagles will be the next team to have an opportunity to ruin their undefeated streak when the Super Bowl LII rematch occurs in Week 11. Both the Eagles and the Pats have a bye in Week 10.
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