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Top NFL Teams: #5 Philadelphia Eagles

Coming in at number 5 in FanWide’s Top 10 NFL Team rankings is the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have a very storied past which includes many Super Bowl appearances and NFL legends. Superstars such as Reggie White, Brian Dawkins, and Randall Cunningham played with pride for the Green and White and will forever be remembered by the NFL community. These players set the tone for future Eagles players and fans. The Eagles play with a certain type of swagger and fury that is unprecedented in the NFL. This mindset extends to the bleachers. The Eagles have one of the most loyal and hardcore fan bases in the NFL and are always cheering for their team from Eagles game watch parties around the country, which is why it made FanWide’s list.

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In 2018, the Eagles had a very successful season which included a 9-7 regular season record and an upset victory in the first of the playoffs against the Chicago Bears. The Eagles will be returning many of their talented players from last year and will also get their superstar quarterback back from injury, Carson Wentz. In addition, the Eagles have recently acquired running back Jordan Howard from the Bears who will add another dimension to an already stacked Eagles offense. With the NFL draft approaching, the Eagles will be in prime position to add multiple different playmakers to their roster. The Eagles most obvious needs are at cornerback and the offensive and defensive lines. The Eagles have the 25th pick in the first round of the upcoming draft and can possibly add cornerback Greedy Williams, offensive lineman Jonah Williams, or defensive linemen Brian Burns. With a stacked offensive and a ferocious defensive, the Eagles will be one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl in the 2019-2020 season.

 

Here is the list of teams that already have been announced:

10. Seattle Seahawks

9. Denver Broncos

8. Chicago Bears

7. San Francisco 49ers

6. New York Giants

5. Philadelphia Eagles

 

The Eagles graded out as follows:

Category Count NFL Rank
FanWide Fan Clubs 34 23
Total Social Media Followers (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter in millions) 8,210,000 6
Forbes Value (in billion) 2.75 10
Nationally televised games (2018) 9 2
Playoff Wins (past 10 years) 4 10
Playoff Wins (all time) 23 8
Super Bowl Wins (past 10 years) 1 2
Super Bowl Wins (all time) 1 13
All-Stars (past 10 years) 24 3
Hall of Famers 22 11
Average Attendance (2018) 69,696 13
Average Attendance Percentage (2018) 101,1% 8

 

Number of Fan Clubs: 34 (23rd)

The Philadelphia Eagles rank 23rd in number of fan clubs with a total of 34 on FanWide. The Eagles have very die-hard and loyal fans and their entire fanbase is constantly growing across America. If you are interested in starting your own Philadelphia Eagles fan club, let us know!

Total Social Media Followers (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter in millions): 8.21 (6th)

The Eagles have 8.21 million followers across Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Specifically, on Instagram the Eagles have 1.7 million followers, on Facebook they have 3.11 million followers, and on Twitter they have 3.42  million followers.

NFL teams use social media as a platform to build relationships with their fans while also increasing fan interest around world. Ranking in the top 10 in terms of total followers shows that the Eagles have one of the largest and most loyal fan bases.

Forbes Value (in billion): 2.75 (10th)

Forbes gave the Eagles a valuation of 2.75 billion dollars which places them as the 10th most valuable team in the NFL. This high ranking is due in part to the recent success the Eagles have enjoyed and the revenue generated from playing in Philadelphia. In addition, Lincoln Financial Field is a gold mine for Eagle’s owner Jeff Lurie and adds to the value of the Philadelphia Eagles as a whole. The stadium brings in lots of money from each season and also brings in other profits from non-NFL events. For instance, Lincoln Financial Field hosts concerts for large music groups such as the Rolling Stones and offer exciting events such as the Monster Jam.

The value of each NFL team is based off of multiple factors such as stadium value, revenue and operating income from the 2017 season and revenue from non-NFL events such as concerts if the team also operates the stadium.

Nationally televised games (2018): 9 (2nd)

The Eagles have played in a whopping 9 nationally televised games in 2018, which places them 2nd behind the Cowboys. Due to the Super Bowl victory in 2017, the NFL added more nationally televised game for the Eagles. Nationally televised games are decided based off of the success of the team in the preceding season and the popularity of the team. This high ranking indicates the popularity of the Eagles across the US.

Playoff Wins (past 10 years): 4 (10th)

The Eagles have been very successful recently, winning 4 playoff games in the past 10 years. All four of these playoff wins came in the past 2 years. The Eagles have built a dangerous nucleus around star quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Nick Foles and it shows in the playoffs the past 2 years. The recent success the Eagles have found in the playoffs shows that the rest of the NFL has to consider them a Super Bowl contender for the upcoming NFL seasons.

Playoff Wins (all time):  23 (8th)

The Philadelphia Eagles have won a whopping 23 playoff games which ranks them 8th compared to the rest of the NFL. Many of the Eagles playoff victories came in the early 2000s when Donovan McNabb, Terrell Owens, and Brian Westbrook carried the Eagles towards many postseason wins.

Super Bowl Wins (past 10 years): 1 (2nd)

The Philadelphia Eagles lone Super Bowl win came recently during the 2017-2018 season. This Super Bowl victory was a huge milestone for the Eagles franchise and owner Jeff Lurie. Coming into the 2017 season, the Eagles were overlooked by the rest of the NFL. They were not considered one of the contenders and everyone across the NFL believed they were destined to finish in the middle of the pack in the NFC East. The Eagles shocked the world finishing the regular season 13-3 and eventually beating the reigning champions, the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. The Eagles faced many obstacles that season, including losing star franchise quarterback Carson Wentz to a season ending injury. Nick Foles stepped up and was able to lead the Eagles to their first ever Super Bowl Victory. This Super Bowl victory immediately increased the Eagles fan population across the country and showed the rest of the NFL to never sleep on the Eagles.

Super Bowl Wins (all time): 1 (13th)

The Eagles have only won the Lombardi Trophy once during the Super Bowl era. Like previously stated, this Super Bowl victory came during the 2017-2018 NFL season. Even though the Eagles have only won one Super Bowl, they have had three Super Bowl appearances in 1981, 2004, and 2018 which demonstrates the success the Eagles have had in the past.

All-Stars (past 10 years): 22 (11th)

All-Star players include any player who has made the Pro bowl or been selected as a member of the All-Pro team. The Eagles have had an impressive 21 players over the past 10 years who have been All-Stars. Notable players include quarterback Carson Wentz, tight end Zach Ertz, defensive linemen Fletcher Cox, and offensive lineman Jason Peters. These players helped the Eagles find success in the past 10 years and made major contributions towards the Eagles first ever Super Bowl victory.

Hall of Famers: 22 (11th)

Hall of Famers will forever be remember and recognized for their terrific play during their NFL career. They have cemented their legacy on the team they played for and across the entire National Football League. Hall of Fame quarterback Randall Cunningham will always be remembered by the Eagles community for his unique athleticism and the way he was able to carry the Eagles. In addition, defensive linemen Reggie White was arguably the greatest defensive player of all time. His sheer strength and style of play changed the game forever and his efforts will always be remembered by Eagle’s fans.

Average attendance: 69,696 (13th)

The Philadelphia Eagles rank 13th in the NFL with an average attendance of 69,696. This high ranking can be contributed to the fact that Philadelphia is one of the biggest sports cities in the world. For instance, Bleacher Report ranks Philadelphia as the 3rd biggest sports city in the US. “When it comes to Philly sports, there is indeed more than meets the eye (or more than the traditional narrative about the rowdy fans). Philadelphia is an amazing town if you have a passion for sports.” (King). The “rowdy” Philadelphia Eagles fans can be seen at every Eagles game or watch party supporting their team.

Average attendance percentage (2018): 101.1% (8th)

The Eagles attendance percentage is 101.1% which places them 8th overall. This high percentage shows how loyal the Eagle’s fanbase is. On average, more than 100% of the Eagles seats are sold to fans for their games, which means that the team is adding extra seats in the stands to accommodate the demand. This impressive ranking has a lot to do with the loyal and hardcore Eagles fanbase and the large amount of success the Eagles had in 2018.

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