The Eagles will be better on paper in 2018 with the return of quarterback Carson Wentz, who was building an NVP campaign before a knee injury ended his season in December. Philadelphia went on to win the Super Bowl with backup QB Nick Foles.
Tom Brady has won five Super Bowls and, at 40, was the NFL MVP in 2017 after leading the NFL in passing yards. Then he threw for an NFL record 505 yards in a losing cause in the Super Bowl. The only worry the Patriots have in 2018 is the aging process.
Lynn Swann doesn’t have the statistics to qualify for the Pro Football Hall of Fame — not with just 366 career catches. But he’s enshrined in Canton because of his reputation of playing big in the biggest games.
Despite sitting the final 11 quarters of the season, Carson Wentz still finished second in the NFL with 33 touchdown passes. He passed for 3,296 yards and steered the Eagles to 11 victories in a 13-3 season.
The 13-2 Eagles have clinched the NFC’s top seed, which gives them the homefield throughout the playoffs. There has been no better NFL home team in 2017 than the Eagles, who remain the lone unbeaten at 7-0.