Jalen Hurts’ postgame statement after the Eagles’ victory over Houston on Thursday night is mostly accurate: “We haven’t accomplished anything yet.” Hurts and his colleagues still have a lot of work to do if they want to join the 2017 Eagles as Super Bowl champions, even though the victory helped the Eagles to their first 8-0 start in franchise history.
However, Philadelphia’s victory over Houston did place them in a select group of groups of teams that have begun 8-0. 29 teams, including the 2022 Eagles, have won at least eight games prior to losing their first game since the Super Bowl era began. 15 of the 28 preceding teams made it to the Super Bowl, and eight of those teams finished the season with a winning record.
The Super Bowl hasn’t been very kind to recent teams that started 8-0 when it comes to their chances of winning. At the end of the season, none of the previous 11 8-0 teams were on the podium for the Super Bowl. After promising starts, the 2019 Patriots and 2020 Steelers failed to even advance further in the playoffs. The 2018 Rams, 2018 49ers, and 2018 Rams all reached the championship game but lost.
An offensive that is presently third in the NFL in scoring has helped Philadelphia’s defence. Jalen Hurts, the quarterback, has overseen the group, and his great start to the season has created significant MVP hype. On Thursday night, Hurts added two more touchdown passes to his season total. A.J. Brown and Dallas Goedert caught touchdown receptions from Hurts, while Miles Sanders the running back also scored during the Eagles’ most recent victory of the year.
The Eagles overcame Houston to maintain their perfect season, but the Phillies were unable to finish the job on Thursday night (falling to Houston in Game 5 of the World Series). The Eagles have ten days left.
The NFL season of 2022 is going by quickly, so it’s time to start discussing the playoff picture. It seems like only yesterday that we were arguing who would be the first head coach fired and whether the Kansas City Chiefs were still the greatest club in the AFC. In the first eight weeks of the regular season, a lot has happened.