Adam Schefter Names Biggest NFC Threats to Philadelphia Eagles
Adam Schefter joined The John Kincade Show for his weekly Wednesday appearance. He spoke about the Philadelphia Eagles, the NFC favorite, and their approach to the preseason.
When asked to name a challenger or a sleeper that the Eagles might have to worry about, Schefter gave a great rundown of the landscape of the NFC.
Challengers to the NFC Favorite
It’s no surprise that the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers were the first teams that the league’s best insider brought up. He named them in the top tier of the conference with the Eagles. His next answers weren’t as obvious.
“I think there’s a group of teams in a tier below them that I think have a real chance to be competitive, and I would say that would be like Seattle, maybe New Orleans.” -Adam Schefter
The Seahawks surprised the NFL with a 9-8 season in 2022 and an NFC Wild Card berth. Rookies Tariq Woolen and Kenneth Walker III jumped into roles as key contributors quickly. Geno Smith, Pete Carroll, and company will look to take the next step in the post-Russell Wilson era.
The New Orleans Saints finished in the top 10 in most major defensive categories last season. They added veteran quarterback Derek Carr to sure up their offense, and they have a great opportunity to win a wide-open NFC South.
After pointing out the Seahawks and the Saints, Schefter mentioned a team that’s become the darling pick of the NFL preseason. The Detroit Lions, however, have won one playoff game in the Super Bowl era.
“They have done a great job of retooling and rebuilding that roster, and they do have a lot of talent…Let’s see them have some success first before we’re anointing them as the next great NFC team.” -Schefter
He’s reiterated all summer that NFL teams that enter the season as favorites don’t always have the smoothest rides against more surprising competition.
“The NFC doesn’t have a lot of great teams, but it’s got some good teams. In this league, any good team is capable of having a week or a run over the course of a month or two.” -Schefter
When the Eagles first started to hit their stride in 2017, the talk in Philadelphia surrounded the Green Bay Packers as a seemingly insurmountable NFC favorite. Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone, and the Packers missed the postseason.
The Eagles deserve to be the preseason NFC favorite because they don’t have as many question marks as their competition. However, every NFL team is vulnerable at any given time.
Watch the full interview below.