At 3-4 the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles now stand up

  • As they look into the abyss Black Carson Wentz Jerseys , they see a history that is not so kind to their future prospects. Not many teams with this same sub-.500 start have been able to pull themselves back from the edge.In the modern era of the NFL (1990-2017) a 3-4 start shows a long history of despair. In total, 183 teams have started the season with that same record. The average finish of those teams is 7-9. Here’s how the numbers break down in regard to playoff hopes:98 teams finished sub-.500% (54%)32 teams made the playoffs (17.5%)14 teams won their division (8%)Of those 32 teams that made the playoffs, success is hard to find:19 teams were one-and-done in the playoffs (60%)5 teams made it past the divisional round (16%)2 teams made the Super Bowl (6%)1 team won the Super Bowl (3%)The lone team to turn a 3-4 start into a ring were the 2001 New England Patriots. After the poor opening to their season, they won 8 of their last 9 games. This is also the year of the infamous “Tuck Rule” that pushed them past the Oakland Raiders in overtime.The Eagles are no stranger to this predicament. In 2013 the Chip Kelly era got off to a slow start, dropping three consecutive games early. They rallied, winning 7 of their last 8 games in the second half of the season to clinch a wild card berth Carson Wentz Jerseys 2019 , only to lose 26-24 against the New Orleans Saints.Simple math will tell you the obvious; the 2018 Eagles need a big run while also needing the rest of the NFC East to falter. The second part is key with five divisional games remaining. Those games will likely determine the Eagles fate.Before that, the Eagles will have to take care of business against the 3-4 Jacksonville Jaguars in London. If they lose, their playoff odds reduce to 8%, while a win would spike them to 32%. Again, simple math: that’s a massive 24% swing.The bottom line is the time for touting moral victories from close losses is over. Being one or two plays away isn’t good enough. The Eagles need to prove they can finish in big moments or they will be on the outside looking in come January.Former Eagles legend returns to NFL to sign with Chargers Donnie Jones is back in the NFL.The former Philadelphia Eagles punter officially signed with the Los Angeles Chargers on Tuesday after a successful tryout with the team.“But wait, didn’t Jones retire earlier this year?”Well J.J. Arcega-Whiteside Philadelphia Eagles Jerseys , yes, he did. But then the 38-year-old changed his mind and requested his release so that he could sign with a new team. Jones seemingly didn’t draw much interest in the offseason but now he has a new home. It’s good to see Donnie back doing what he loves. Funny enough, he’s now back with his former teammate, Caleb Sturgis. Strugis has been struggling with the Chargers so far this season. Maybe working with familiar holder will help? Probably not.With Jones gone, the Eagles decided to move forward with Cameron Johnston as their punter. The Australian native has a strong leg; Johnston leads the league in both gross average (51.5) and net average (49.0). One issue with Johnston, however Philadelphia Eagles Jerseys 2019 , is that he hasn’t been super great at directional kicking. His five touchbacks lead the NFL in a bad way. Jones was always good at downing the ball deep inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. Johnston has room to improve in that area. In fairness to Johnston, Jones is the best punter in Eagles history. He finished his Philly career as the franchise’s leader in gross average (45.4) and net average (40.5). Long live Donnie Jones.