Although the Philadelphia Eagles were given an easier task of going into Lambeau Field and facing the Green Bay Packers, minus Aaron Rodgers, they still needed to prove that they could take care of a winnable game. That’s just what they did. Led by Nick Foles, who joined elite company with Peyton Manning passing for his 16th touchdown without an interception, the Eagles took it to the Packers and evened their record.
Now, it’s a waiting game to see if their production earlier today will be enough to even the division. The outcome of the Dallas Cowboys game could put the Eagles in a tie for the NFC East lead with just weeks left in the season. Many thought that by this point, the Eagles would be well out of the race and working more on understanding the new systems instead of making a run at the playoffs.
The much-improved play of the defense has been the story along the way, and now the offense seems ready to support them. In yet another week, the defense held the opposition under 20 points. Even though it was without the challenge of Rodgers, they still played well generating two more turnovers. The offense seems to be clicking now with Foles at the helm. He continues to spread the ball around and behind the huge day of LeSean McCoy, the Eagles did enough to earn the victory.
The Eagles will now look forward to a matchup with the Washington Redskins. They’ll need to do something they haven’t done in since 2012 — win a home game. If they can ride the confidence they’ve built and produce at home what they’ve proven they can do on the road, Philadelphia may be able to enter the bye week atop the division and look forward to a roller coaster ending to the season. Only time will tell, but the Eagles look much different than a year ago and they may still yet prove they belong.