Training camp is still a few days away and the start of the season a bit under two months away. So I find it difficult to put too much stock in the season predictions posted throughout the Internet and newspapers.
At this time we don't know who will be going into the season healthy, any final roster moves, and the health / state of the opposing teams.
And with the Eagles we aren't even sure that Westbrook and Sheppard are coming to camp!
Experts predictions have the Eagles finishing anywhere from 7-9 to 11-5. Winning predictions are being based on a return to health by McNabb, another dominant season by Westbrook, and the defense being one of the league's elite.
If all of the above turns out to be true, a return to the playoffs is all but guaranteed for the Eagles. But again, at this date who really knows.
What we do know is that the Eagles have the easiest schedule in the NFC East. The 2008 schedule has the Eagles playing teams from the NFC West (one of the league's worst divisions with teams like the Rams and 49ers) and also games against the lowly Bears and Falcons.
And say what you will about Andy Reid, the fact is that through the years he has performed well against the NFC East opponents. It would not be unrealistic to get at least a head to head split against the other NFC East teams.
So in looking at nothing else besides the Eagles schedule it is hard to argue against the Eagles not making a return trip to the playoffs. And as the Giants showed last year, once you get to the playoffs anything can happen.