5 Reasons Why Philadelphia Eagles Will Not Win NFC East in 2014

5 Reasons Why the Philadelphia Eagles Will Not Win the NFC East in 2014

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Heading into the 2014 NFL season, the Philadelphia Eagles are the favorites to repeat as NFC East division champions. However, repeating that feat is not a given. A lot of things need to go right for the team, which unfortunately, simply may not happen. Here are 5 reasons why the Eagles will not win the division.

5. They will not force as many turnovers as in 2013

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5. They will not force as many turnovers as in 2013

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Not only did Philadelphia have a +12 turnover ratio in 2013, they also forced them at important times during games. With major questions regarding this defense, that trend may not continue in 2014.

4. The secondary will continue to struggle

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4. The secondary will continue to struggle

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Even with the addition of Malcolm Jenkins, this Eagles’ secondary is arguably the biggest question mark on the team.

3. DeSean Jackson's absence will prove more costly than originally thought

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3. DeSean Jackson's absence will prove more costly than originally thought

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This would be the worst case scenario for Philadelphia. Imagine the Eagles struggling not having a deep threat, and that same deep threat in Jackson helps the Washington Redskins win the division.

2. The defense will continue not to pressure the opposing quarterback

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2. The defense will continue not to pressure the opposing quarterback

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Yes, most of these reasons have to do with the Eagles' defense. However, it is warranted. Philadelphia had only 36 sacks last season. If that number stays low, it will be a struggle for this team.

1. Nick Foles does not take a step forward in 2014

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1. Nick Foles does not take a step forward in 2014

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For the Eagles to be competitive this season, Foles needs to continue to improve. That is not a given, as teams now have essentially a full season of game film and may be able to figure his game out.


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