- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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The NFL regular season begins in a little less than 55 hours, and that means everybody's weighing in on what they think will happen. Here at ESPN, we are no exception. Our expert analysts have made their Super Bowl picks, and one of those experts -- Herman Edwards -- is picking the Philadelphia Eagles to beat the Houston Texans in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans in February:
This team reloaded on defense through the draft with Fletcher Cox, Mychael Kendricks,Vinny Curry and Brandon Boykin, and the coaching staff had an offseason to work with the additions from last offseason, such as Nnamdi Asomugha. The defense should be much improved. If Michael Vick can make better decisions with his body -- sliding, getting out of bounds and throwing the ball away instead of taking sacks -- this team has the talent to be the most explosive offense in the NFL.
Agreed. It all comes down to Vick, and if he plays all 16 regular-season games, I do believe the Eagles will be tough to stop. I picked the New York Giants to win the NFC East, as you know by now if you're here on a regular basis, but I think both teams will rank among the best in the league and I picked the Eagles to win a wild-card spot. I also picked the Green Bay Packers to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, though, so Herm's expecting more from the Eagles than I am.
But Herm and I disagree strongly on the Giants, as it turns out. If you look at these expanded predictions from him, Bill Polian and Mel Kiper, you'll see he's got the Eagles winning the East and the Cowboys making it into the playoffs as a wild-card team. He's got the Giants missing the playoffs entirely. Of the last 13 Super Bowl champions, only five teams missed the playoffs the following season. Of course, no Super Bowl champion has ever before been 9-7 in the regular season, so it's not as though it's completely crazy to think the Giants could miss.
Anyway, in those expanded predictions, Polian has the Eagles winning the East and Kiper has the Giants. Polian's picking the Giants as a wild card and Kiper's got the Eagles. And Kiper has the Cowboys as a dark horse since "Dallas is an 11-win team if it can stay healthy in key spots." (Big "if," if you ask me...)
The entire rundown of the staff picks can be found here, including mine. And if you think you can do better, you can make your own picks here. As you prepare for the Wednesday night feast, enjoy this appetizer.