Confirmed: Latest NFL ratings prove that the Eagles are now “America’s Team”
It’s no secret that the Dallas Cowboys have been known as “America’s Team” since the 70’s, however early indications of streaming numbers just two weeks into the 2023 NFL may indicate a much-welcomed change to who reigns king in the National Football League.
Exhibit A: the Eagles season opener against the Patriots was the most-watched Week 1 window in eight years.
The NFL ON CBS kicks off Super Bowl season with record viewership across platforms.— CBS Sports PR (@CBSSportsGang) September 12, 2023
Led by Eagles-Patriots, NFL ON CBS’ national game window was its most-watched Week 1 game window since 2015, averaging 21.350 million viewers and up +28%. pic.twitter.com/3liguxWAky
According to Front Office Sports, the Minnesota Vikings matchup against the Eagles on Amazon Prime’s streaming broadcast of Thursday Night Football averaged 16.6 million viewers, marking the most-streamed NFL game EVER.
Thursday Night Football: Vikings-Eagles Most Streamed NFL Game Ever (16.6M Viewers)
Okay so the obvious joke here is that Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles are now the new (always have been) “America’s Team” and Birds fans are already relentlessly trolling Cowboys fans into oblivion over the new record-breaking streaming numbers from Thursday Night Football on social media.
Will the record hold up? Probably not. I’m sure more people are coming around to streaming NFL games on Amazon Prime for Thursday Night Football and those numbers will continue to grow this season.
However, for now, we’ll crack jokes and say that the Eagles are the new team in the good ol’ USA and officially take that title from the Dallas Cowboys.
Speaking of the Dallas Cowboys, I’m well aware that they have played well through the first two weeks of the 2023 NFL season but at the time time, they have literally went against the New York Giants and the Zack Wilson-led New York Jets.
That being said, maybe everyone should pump the brakes on saying they are now the team to beat in the NFC after just two weeks of action, right?
The always important, often overlooked fact that we are only two weeks into the NFL season seems to fall upon deaf ears every year. Making sweeping judgements about any team this early in the season is really nothing more than pandering in the 2023 “hot take” world in which we all reside.
Making any type of judgments about teams just two weeks into the NFL season seems foolish. Most teams don’t even play starters during preseason games. Entering a new year, there are player and personnel changes to almost every organization and we are constantly witnessing teams get off to slow starts while “figuring things out” before they reveal their true colors.
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