It is safe to say at this point that the Philadelphia Eagles are on their way to the playoffs and being the NFC East champs. This upcoming week, they are on the bye and are going to be well prepared for the stretch that is coming up in December. They’ve jelled just at the right time and now with this break coming up, they can perfect what they’ve gotten so great at.
Offensively, they’re back to being the high powered team that everyone knows them for. First off, the offensive line has now gotten back together, is healthy, and has protected the quarterback. So now Nick Foles can take time and get the ball to WR Riley Cooper, WR DeSean Jackson, TE Brent Celek, and sometimes RB LeSean McCoy. All these players have played in truly tough games when the season is on the line and in playoff games, but will Nick Foles live up to the hype he has now? It’s almost as if Foles is expected to play like an elite quarterback. I just hope the hype and pressure doesn’t get to him. But if he continues to do what he does he’ll be fine. When Michael Vick is healthy, he still might not start. And that is understandable, the offense has gotten used to Foles and he doesn’t throw interceptions at ALL, well so far and has thrown four more touchdowns this season than Vick. Sad to say, with all respect to the quarterback game changer, Vick isn’t the same playmaker and threat that he once was in his younger days.
Defensively, the defensive has jelled finally also. The line is coming with the pressure and the tackling is much better than before in the season. The secondary is the only thing that is still a little weak, but when the Eagles get back CB Bradley Fletcher and maybe S Earl Wolff returns before it’s too late in the season. They are still 31st in the NFL with most passing yards allowed and yards allowed overall but these problems are going to be fixed and mostly the Eagles are outscoring other teams. But now, since this is a critical time for all teams in the playoff race, defense has to step up. Defense wins games, you have to stop a team and allow your offense to get a lead.
But overall, it looks as if Coach Chip Kelly is turning this team around and making it what it’s supposed to be. He’s improved this team and turned it around enough for it to be a playoff team by the time this season ends. They just need to keep building this bye week and get ready for this stretch against three teams who are all equally talented and looking for a playoff spot with at least six teams and the last game being a visit to the Cowboys Stadium to rally against Tony Romo and his Dallas Cowgirls in a NFC East showdown.