Philadelphia, PA - The 8-0 Philadelphia Eagles are on the verge of punching a ticket to the postseason for the fifth time in six years, and mainstay offensive tackle Lane Johnson is a key reason why. The 32-year-old Johnson and fellow ageless wonder, All-Pro center Jason Kelce, has anchored the league’s top offensive line here in 2022. Jalen Hurts is having an MVP-like season, and Philly’s rushing game remains one of the league’s best heading into Week 10.
Lane Johnson Potential Retirement Timeline, NFC Exec Shares Concerns On Team Plus 2022 Predictions
With a friendly schedule the rest of the way, the Eagles are in an excellent position to lock down the NFC’s top seed and a lone first-round bye. As the NFL’s last remaining undefeated team, Philadelphia is a prime favorite to win the Super Bowl at the major sportsbooks.
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Lane Johnson Offers Specific Retirement Timeline
Johnson is still among the NFL’s best offensive tackles, but at the age of 32, is he eyeing retirement in the near future? The three-time Pro Bowler gave a timeline on when he’ll call it quits via Josh Tolentino of The Philadelphia Inquirer.
“To be honest with you,” Johnson said, “I’ve thought about playing this year and maybe two more. A lot of that is because of my (three) kids. I don’t want to be away from my kids more than I already am. They’re in Oklahoma, I only see them half the year, and that’s all the time I get to spend with them. That’s a drag.”
So if Johnson sticks to that plan, the Eagles will have him through the 2024 season, when he’ll be 34 years of age. That gives GM Howie Roseman considerable time to plan ahead and retool the offensive line in the post-Johnson era.
For now, Johnson and the Eagles will remain focused on bringing a second Lombardi Trophy back to Philadelphia.
NFC Executive: Eagles Could Go “One-And-Done” In Playoffs
With an MVP candidate at quarterback, a deep group of playmakers, an elite offensive line and top-five scoring offensive and defensive units, it’s certainly hard to find a flaw on the Eagles roster.
But one NFC executive isn’t ready to buy the Eagles’ hot start to the season. As previously noted, Nick Sirianni’s squad has a rather soft schedule the rest of the way. Simply put, it’s going to take a handful of upsets for the Eagles to fall out of first place in the conference.
Speaking to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the NFC executive explained that they can envision the Eagles going “one-and-done” in the postseason, suggesting that the team would benefit from a few losses.
"I could see (the Eagles) being a one-and-done -- they haven't had to go 15 rounds with anybody yet," the executive said. "I just wonder if they are battle tested. I think a few late-season losses would actually help them.”
The Eagles’ next three opponents all boast losing records: The Washington Commanders (4-5), Indianapolis Colts (3-5-1) and Green Bay Packers (3-6). Philly’s next game against a team with a winning record is the 5-3 and AFC South-leading Tennessee Titans.
Philadelphia still has two games against the archrival and surprising New York Giants, who come out of their bye week with a 6-2 record. The Eagles also have a Christmas Eve road game against the Dallas Cowboys, who were without Dak Prescott for the Week 6 regular season meeting in Philly.
2022 Predictions: Eagles Finish 14-3, Lose To Bills In Super Bowl
At this rate, the Eagles are likely to secure the top seed in the NFC.
Everything has gone right for the organization through eight games, but the second-half schedule is a little more challenging than what they experienced in the first half.
The Eagles will win their next three games, but their bid at a perfect season will end at the hands of Derrick Henry’s Titans in Week 13. With a powerful rush-heavy offense and an explosive front seven, the Titans have the blueprint to defeating Philadelphia.
Philly will drop a second consecutive game when they lose a low-scoring affair to the Giants on the road in Week 14. After rebounding with a road win against the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia will suffer their final regular season loss against Dallas in Week 16.
But with the luxury of home advantage, the 14-3 Eagles will get by what has been an underwhelming NFC in 2022. The 7-1 Minnesota Vikings are arguably Philly’s biggest threat, but even the Eagles soundly defeated them 24-7 back in Week 2.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are too flawed offensively, and Philly’s o-line stacks up well against their front seven. The Cowboys and Giants lack the offensive firepower to keep up with the NFC East leaders.
The San Francisco 49ers offense hasn’t found any consistency this season. The surprising Seattle Seahawks still have too many flaws on defense that Hurts and A.J. Brown can exploit over and over again.
Philadelphia will win the NFC and reach the Super Bowl for the second time in six years. This time, however, they’ll be on the losing end against Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills.
The Bills will win a high-scoring thriller 34-30 to claim their first Super Bowl in franchise history.