A former NFL Pro-Bowler/Super Bowl champion had a very strong take on the Philadelphia Eagles recently.

Ryan Clark, who works for ESPN after playing 13 seasons in the NFL (mostly with the Pittsburgh Steelers), suggested during Get Up last week that the Eagles will win the NFC East over the Dallas Cowboys.

Dallas has been viewed by most analysts as the favorite to win the NFC East in 2022.

Clark, however, feels like the presence of quarterback Jalen Hurts gives Philly the best chance to win the division.

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Jul 29, 2022; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) during training camp at NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

“They’re the best team in the NFC East and I don’t really think it’s that close,” said Clark. “You know why we even have it close? It’s because we have to see Jalen Hurts develop as a passer. They’ve added things on the back end defensively. They also added A.J. Brown on the day of the draft with the trade. Jalen Hurts has been working on improving. We know what that run game is like. An excellent offensive line. And now you go get Jordan Davis and develop him as a one, two, three-down player right next to Fletcher Cox.”

“This team can absolutely be very good,” added Clark. “This team can contend for an NFC championship. Does it rest on the right arm of their quarterback? Absolutely. But I believe in Jalen Hurts enough and you heard what he said. He doesn’t have to be Patrick Mahomes. I believe in him enough that this team beats the Dallas Cowboys for the NFC East championship.”

If you’re an Eagles fan, you have to love what you’re hearing from Clark.

He didn’t say that if everything goes perfect then the Eagles can win the division. Instead, he said he doesn’t think it’s even close between Philly and the Cowboys. That statement speaks volumes. Clark clearly believes there’s a major gap between the two teams.

There’s no doubt that Dallas has talent. But they typically squander that talent. And if that’s what happens in 2022, the Eagles will be right there ready to take advantage of the Cowboys’ missteps.

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