While discussing the outlook on the NFC East on his radio show, Rich Eisen sounded bullish about the 2022 Philadelphia Eagles, and less so about the Dallas Cowboys.
Eisen does a segment on his show of things that he's starting to talk himself into, and said in June that he believed the Cowboys had taken a step back after losing Amari Cooper, Randy Gregory, Cedrick Wilson, La'el Collins and Connor Williams this past offseason.
While both the Eagles and Cowboys were playoff teams a season ago, Dallas comfortably won the NFC East by going 12-5, as opposed to a 9-8 record from Philadelphia. Eisen seems to believe that the scripts could flip in 2022.
"I'm gonna start talking myself into this and I think I'm gonna go in this direction unless there are any injuries over the next two weeks -- the Eagles are gonna win the NFC East," he said Tuesday. "Jalen Hurts is gonna take that step forward ... the running game is still gonna be stout ... they now have a much better passing game with A.J. Brown in that mix.
"I love what they've done on defense. Nakobe Dean is healthy, that's a steal, where they got him in the draft. A steal, and Jordan Davis is already showing you how dominant he can be right in the middle of that line. And if we start talking about him at that position in the same way we talked about Micah Parsons in his position in Dallas last year ... and I know that's a lot to say ... but let's just say we're talking about the Eagles getting the Defensive Rookie of the Year in the same way Dallas landed it last year ... I like the Eagles to win the NFC East. I'm starting to talk myself into that, and I don't think I'm gonna talk myself out of it right now."
Where a case can be made that the Cowboys roster is worse than what they finished the 2021 season with, Howie Roseman has seemingly built one of the better rosters in football around Hurts. Eisen mentioned the additions of Brown, Davis and Dean, and the Eagles also added Haason Reddick, James Bradberry, Kyzir White and Zach Pascal in the offseason. It's definitely a prove-it year for Hurts, but if he takes a significant step forward, the Eagles could potentially make a deep playoff run in an NFC that appears wide open.
That would start with winning the NFC East. There famously hasn't been a repeat winner in the division since the Eagles captured the NFC East title four years in a row from 2001 to 2004. If the current iteration of the Eagles is able to unseat the Cowboys as division champions in 2022, that streak would continue.