Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Eagles surging as projected NFC East, playoff contenders after James Bradberry becomes latest 2022 addition

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Days after his release from the Giants, Pro Bowl cornerback James Bradberry has landed with the rival Eagles, signing a $10 million deal Wednesday to pair with Darius Slay in Philadelphia. He’s also helped boost projections for the team’s 2022 season. Caesars Sportsbook has the Eagles’ current Over/Under set at nine wins, but SportsLine’s latest simulations are even more optimistic in the wake of Bradberry joining Philly’s new-look lineup.

Since March 1, when SportsLine had the Eagles pegged as roughly a .500 team, the team has added a projected 1.5 wins and nearly doubled its chances of winning the NFC East and conference, while more than doubling its Super Bowl chances. Here’s a look at their simulation totals at the start of the offseason up to now, with Bradberry and others in the fold:

March 1

8.5

22.5%

45.8%

3.9% 1.5%

Current forecast

10.0

41.9%

68.9%

7.6% 3.4%

Difference

+1.5

+19.4%

+23.1%

+3.7% +1.9%

Bradberry, of course, is but one of several key influences to the Eagles’ 2022 outlook. Here are some of the team’s most notable additions, Bradberry included, since finishing 9-8 under first-year coach Nick Sirianni in 2021:

CBS Sports’ Jeff Kerr is buying into the hype, projecting a 12-win finish for Sirianni, Jalen Hurts and Co. in 2022.

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