With just three games remaining, the Eagles have finally separated themselves from the Dallas Cowboys, at least for the time being.
The two teams were tied at first place in the division for several of weeks, leading up to this past Sunday. However, the Cowboys own the tiebreaker as they have a better division record. So, maintaining a one game lead is a requirement, if the Eagles hope to keep the television sets off and the hot chocolate in hand in Dallas, come January.
After a game in which Philadelphia’s entire assembly of snowplows wouldn’t have been able to clear the field, the Eagles defeated the NFC North leading Lions. Shady McCoy used every bit of the slick sleet to his advantage, rushing for over 217 yards and two touchdowns, as the Eagles put themselves in serious contention to make the playoffs.
Sitting currently at an 8-5 record, the Eagles have gone on a tear, winning their past 6 games led by the brilliant play of Nick Foles, who to his own dismay, threw his first interception of the season.
The Eagles have completely turned what seemed to be another under achieving season, due to a bundle of injuries, into one that is becoming more and more destined for success.
If the playoffs were to begin today, the Eagles would hold the third seed in the NFC. Not many could have predicted this before the season.
Making a deep run in the NFL playoffs and essentially winning the Superbowl is all about getting hot at the right time. The New England Patriots took an undefeated record into the Super bowl in 2007, but fell to Eli Manning and the New York Giants, who picked up steam in the final weeks of the regular season, securing themselves a wild card spot. Then the Green Bay Packers also got their act together towards the end of the season and defeated a defensive powerhouse in the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Eagles are currently the hottest team in football. They are clicking on all cylinders. There are no longer any questions as to who will be the quarterback in Philly for the next decade, as Nick Foles has shown that he knows how to win at the NFL level.
Despite playing last Sundays game in a blizzard, something Foles may be adjusting to after playing his college ball in Arizona, as well as coming short of tying Peyton Manning’s record for most touchdown passes without an interception in the first quarter, Foles won, plain and simple. It was not pretty at times. He resorted to the running game and let the leagues leading rusher run all over the Detroit Lions defense. But most importantly, Foles won the game. The Eagles have done that 6 times in a row now.
The Eagles will be working their way through the second half of the NFC North as they face the Minnesota Vikings in week 14 followed by a matchup against the Chicago Bears.
Should the streak continue into the final week of the season, AT&T stadium will possibly be hosting a game with playoff implications, also known as a playoff game before the playoffs. Everything will be on the line.