The Philadelphia Eagles are coming off their first Super Bowl victory in franchise history. The team is set up for bright future ahead with Carson Wentz under center and some talented players on both sides of the football. The Dallas Cowboys, however, missed the playoffs this past season and hope to bounce back quickly in 2018.
Owner Jerry Jones believes there isn't a sizable gap between these NFC East heavyweights. Jones, as per usual, expressed his opinion on the comparison of the two teams, via ESPN's Todd Archer.
“I think that if the gap is defined as them winning the Super Bowl and [us] not even getting in the playoffs, then we've got to close the gap,” Jones said. “I think that we should've been in the playoffs. We weren't. But I don't believe that us not being in the playoffs this past year is the size of the gap.”
Although missing the playoffs and winning the Super Bowl should be viewed as a considerable gap between teams, especially within the same division, the Cowboys do have a young and talented squad that may be able to give the defending champions a run for their money next season.
With quarterback Dak Prescott under center and Ezekiel Elliott coming out of the backfield, the Cowboys are a team with a lot of promise and if they can get back on track defensively, Dallas may be a serious threat in the years to come.
As for the Eagles, the sky is the limit with Doug Pederson steering this team in the right direction. Philadelphia did lose a few key players like LeGarrette Blount, Trey Burton, and Patrick Robinson, but the team was able to bring in Haloti Ngata and Michael Bennett as potential defensive upgrades.
Needless to say, the NFC East should remain a competitive division as it remains to be seen just how big a gap there is between the Eagles and Cowboys.