3 Stats That Prove the Eagles Are Legitimate Super Bowl Contenders

Devon Platana
Three stats that prove the Philadelphia Eagles are legitimate Super Bowl contenders.
Three stats that prove the Philadelphia Eagles are legitimate Super Bowl contenders. / AP Photos/Rich Schultz
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The Philadelphia Eagles are hoping to win their first playoff game in four years now that the 2022 NFL season is right around the corner. General manager Howie Roseman had quite the productive offseason to help his team rebound, ranging from a terrific 2022 NFL Draft showing to acquiring standout wideout A.J. Brown.

The Eagles are currently available at +2500 odds (No. 13) to win Super Bowl LVII, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. While those odds don't paint Philadelphia as a top favorite, the Eagles have enough talent to prove doubters wrong and establish themselves as contenders as the season goes on.

Here are three stats that prove that the Eagles are legitimate Super Bowl contenders in 2022.

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1. A.J. Brown's 998.3 Receiving Yards Per Season

As mentioned before, Brown's acquisition was one of the Eagles' top offseason moves. The 25-year-old has averaged nearly 1,000 receiving yards in his first three NFL seasons, giving Philadelphia a high-end wide receiver that it lacked outside of DeVonta Smith. Brown only recorded 869 yards last year after playing only 13 games due to injury, however, that total still would've only trailed Smith (916) on the Eagles. Assuming that Brown can stay healthy and Smith continues to develop, Jalen Hurts will have two WRs capable of surpassing 1,000 yards at his disposal. That alone brings Philadelphia one step closer to a Super Bowl compared to last year.

2. 159.7 Rushing Yards Per Game (No. 1)

A strong run game is necessary to win a title and, fortunately, Philadelphia isn't afraid to run the ball. The Eagles averaged 31.5 carries in 2021 (No. 2), resulting in their leading the NFL with a whopping 159.7 yards on the ground per contest. They're helped by a solid running back room that includes the likes of Miles Sanders, Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott, plus Hurts is coming off a year that saw him rush the ball 139 times for 784 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Eagles shouldn't have any issue running out the clock when they have a late lead and if they can bring that into the playoffs, a Super Bowl appearance (and potential victory) should be within reach.

3. 62.9% Red Zone Touchdown Percentage (No. 8)

It's always important to capitalize on high-quality scoring opportunities, something the Eagles did well last year. Philadelphia scored a touchdown on 62.9% of trips to their opponents' red zone. When you consider that the Buffalo Bills owned the league's best mark of 66.3%, you can see that the Eagles are among good company. Philadelphia has players like Scott (7) and Smith (3) who were quite reliable in the red zone, finding ways to get their team on the board when it counted. Championships are won when the pressure is on and the Eagles must prove that they can be that team again.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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