Eagles start 8-0: Here’s a look at the other 28 NFL teams that started 8-0 in the Super Bowl era

“We haven’t accomplished anything yet.” Jalen Hurts’ postgame quote following the Eagles’ win over Houston on Thursday night is largely true. The win catapulted the Eagles to their first 8-0 start for the franchise, but beyond that, Hurts and his teammates have a lot of work ahead of them if they end up joining the Eagles in 2017 as Super Bowl champions.

That being said, Philadelphia’s win over Houston put them in a small category of teams that have started 8-0. Since the Super Bowl era began, 29 teams, including the 2022 Eagles, have won at least eight games before losing their first game. Of the previous 28 teams, 15 reached the Super Bowl, with eight of those teams finishing the season with the Lombardi Trophy.

Here’s a look at every 8-0 NFL team since the start of the Super Bowl era.

1969 Aries

11-0

11-3

No

1972 The Dolphins

14-0

14-0

Yes

1973 Vikings 9-0 12-2 No (lost to Dolphins)
1975 Vikings 10-0 12-2 No
1977 Cowboys 8-0 12-4 Yes

1984 The Dolphins

11-0

14-2

No (lost to 49ers)

1985 Bears

12-0

15-1

Yes

1990 49ers 10-0 14-2 No
1990 Giants 10-0 13-3 Yes

1991. Washington

11-0

14-2

Yes

1998 Broncos

13-0

14-2

Yes

2003 Bosses 9-0 13-3 No
2005 Colts 13-0 14-2 No
2006 Colts 9-1 12-4 Yes

2007 Patriots

16-0

16-0

No (lost to Giants)

2008 Titans 10-0 13-3 No

2009 Colts

14-0

14-2

No (lost by Saints)

2009 Saints 13-0 13-3 Yes

2011 Packers

13-0

15-1

No

2012 Falcons 8-0 13-3 No
2013 Bosses 9-0 11-5 No
2015 Bengals 8-0 12-4 No
2015 Patriots 10-0 12-4 No

2015 The Panthers

14-0

15-1

No (lost to Broncos)

2018 Aries 8-0 13-3 No (lost by the Patriots)
2019 49ers 8-0 13-3 No (lost to Chiefs)
2019 Patriots 8-0 12-4 No
2020 Steelers 11-0 12-4 No
2022 Eagles 8-0 ? ?

As you can see, the last few teams to get off to an 8-0 start haven’t fared well when it comes to winning the Super Bowl. The last 11 teams to start 8-0 did not stand on the Super Bowl championship podium at the end of the season. The 2019 Patriots and 2020 Steelers didn’t even win a playoff game after their strong starts. The 2018 Rams, 2018 49ers and 2018 Rams all made it to the big game before ultimately coming up short.

Injuries have played a significant factor in recent teams rising after strong starts. However, the Eagles’ impressive depth should allow them to weather potential injuries better than some of the other recent teams that have faltered after strong starts. Philadelphia recently added to its depth by acquiring former pro Robert Quinn before the deadline. Quinn joins an Eagles defense that is currently fourth in the NFL in points allowed. The unit is led by linebacker Javon Hargrave, linebacker Haason Reddick and linebackers C.J. Gardner-Johnson, Darius Slay and James Bradbury.

Philadelphia’s defense is complemented by an offense that is currently third in the NFL in scoring. The unit is led by quarterback Jalen Hurts, whose strong start to the season has generated significant MVP buzz. Hurts added two more touchdown passes to his tally on the season Thursday night, AJ Brown and Dallas Goedert were on the receiving end of Hurts touchdown passes, while running back Myles Sanders also found the end zone during the Eagles’ final win of the season .

While the Phillies failed to take care of business on Thursday night (a loss to Houston in Game 5 of the World Series), the Eagles were able to beat Houston, keeping their undefeated season alive. The Eagles now have 10 days before their next game, a home meeting with the Commanders in front of a Monday Night Football crowd.

“I know it’s special for the city of Philadelphia,” Hurts said of the Eagles’ 8-0 start, via NFL Media. “I mean I was 8-0 before and I lost the national championship. Just take it day by day. Take it day by day. We haven’t achieved anything yet. It’s day-to-day to control things we can, play to our standard and try to grow every day. I think that’s really what it’s all about.”

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