Entering Week 10 against the Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers, the Philadelphia Eagles have lots of reasons for optimism. Taking care of what they can control and hoping for help in other places will go a long way to determining the remainder of their season and their chances of making the playoffs in a “rebuilding year,” but the picture could become much better by the end of weekend.
The Eagles are presented with a great chance to even up the division with the Dallas Cowboys and possibly take the lead if they can figure out a way to win at home.
First things first, though — Philadelphia must travel to the confines of historic Lambeau Field and take advantage of the gift of not having to face Rodgers. It should present a favorable matchup for the much-improved Eagles’ defense and again allow Nick Foles to pick apart a defense which looked less than impressive against the Chicago Bears.
The outlook on the game has obviously shifted to Philadelphia’s corner, but making the most of an opportunity has not yet proven to be their strong suit. Performing under the pressure and demonstrating growth to become a good team is something Philadelphia will need to accomplish.
The Cowboys travel to the Superdome for a matchup with the New Orleans Saints, who will be looking to rebound from an uncharacteristic loss to the New York Jets. After the Cowboys just snuck past the Minnesota Vikings last week, they’ll have their hands full with the potent aerial attack of the Saints, led by Drew Brees.
Any help that Philadelphia gets coupled with a win will open the NFC East again. If the chips fall the Eagles’ way this weekend, they’ll have a chance at home against the Washington Redskins to take the division lead with the Cowboys during the bye week. In a season that looked like all may be lost with the ups and downs at the quarterback position, the Eagles still hold their own fate in their hands and have plenty of time to make the most of Chip Kelly’s inaugural run in the NFL.