Flying High

Eagles continue to soar with best start in franchise history

Flying High

Liam Boyd, Staff Writer

Halfway through the NFL season, the Philadelphia Eagles are 8-0. The previous best record for the team was 7-0, which happened in 2004. They are the only undefeated team in the league this season.

The Eagles are in first place in the NFC East. The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants are close behind, both at 6-2, and could still catch up. The Eagles beat the Cowboys once and the two teams will meet again on Christmas Eve. Meanwhile, the Birds and Giants still have two meetings with each other.

Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts has been playing incredibly well. Even sports commentator Skip Bayless, known as a Cowboys fan, says Hurts is the NFL MVP right now.

Hurts is second in the NFL in passer rating. Hurts has a rating of 107.8, and trails only Miaim’s Tua Tagovailoa (115.9). Hurts also is tied for second with the least amount of interceptions thrown. Hurts has thrown just two interceptions, while Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady has thrown only one.

Hurts is not the only offensive player that is playing great for the Eagles. Wide receiver A.J. Brown is on pace for having more than 10 touchdowns and well over 1,000 yards receiving. He is Hurts’s top target in 2022, with 43 catches for 718 yards and six touchdowns.

Meanwhile, the defense has also been playing great with a league-leading 18 takeaways this season (12 interceptions and six fumble recoveries). On offense, the Eagles have thrown just two interceptions and have fumbled the ball away just once, so the Birds lead the league with a +15 turnover ratio. The next best team is the Baltimore Ravens, way behind at +7.

Safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson is leading the league in interceptions with five, while cornerbacks Darius Slay and James Bradberry have three picks each.

The Birds are also a very good team with tackling this season, their leader being linebacker T.J. Edwards with 74 tackles.

Philadelphia is leading the NFL in a lot of statistical categories, which is why they have a bright future and are Super Bowl contenders for many years to come.