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The Philadelphia Eagles’ bye week didn’t do much to change fan confidence, according to BGN’s latest FanPulse results. The Eagles dropped slightly from 46% to 45% in the latest polling:
I’m surprised confidence didn’t see some kind of boost considering the Eagles received help during the bye. Then again, it’s not like the Eagles were playing great football before the bye and they do have a tough opponent this week.
Speaking of the devil, it’s no surprise the 8-1 New England Patriots have some of the most confident fans in the league. Only the Baltimore Ravens (100%), San Francisco 49ers (97%), and Oakland Raiders (90% - !?!) rank higher than the Patriots’ mark of 89%.
When it specifically comes to this week’s matchup, Patriots fans are not afraid of the team that beat New England in Super Bowl LII.
Hard to blame them. The Eagles haven’t looked incredibly threatening and they’ll notably be without DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, and maybe Jordan Howard for this week’s game. Patriots fans should be feeling good about a defense that’s been dominant thus far.
Of course, Patriots fans being so confident will make an Eagles upset victory that much more sweet.
Elsewhere around the NFC East, the Dallas Cowboys saw a HUGE drop in fan confidence following their Week 10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The Cowboys are at 7% and only two teams rank lower: the Detroit Lions (4%) and Washington (3%). Cowboys fan confidence should rebound to some extent this week as Dallas should be able to beat a Lions team starting Jeff Driskel in place of Matthew Stafford.
Washington’s fan confidence increased by 300% on their bye! They’re now at 3%. I guess some fans are encouraged by the development that Dwayne Haskins will be starting for the rest of the year? Even though he’s thrown zero touchdowns to four interceptions.
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