Division Lead Within Reach for Philadelphia Eagles

By Bob Francis
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The Philadelphia Eagles have done plenty of growing over the 2013 season. The defense has really come into its own and the offense is finally clicking on a consistent basis to provide some overall hope and optimism.

Having won two games in a row, evening their record on the season and sitting atop the NFC East in a tie, the Eagles hold their own fate for the remainder of the season. There are enough winnable games remaining on their schedule for them to outplay their competition and just take what they want.

However, the biggest obstacle in their way is themselves. Philadelphia has not won a home game at Lincoln Financial Field since September 2012. They have looked just a shadow of themselves in the confines of their home field, and looked unstoppable at times on the road. It doesn’t make much sense, but the truth of the matter is, if the Eagles plan on having any chance of winning the division, they need to begin by winning home games, and that starts this weekend against the Washington Redskins.

Nick Foles is coming off another stellar performance, along with league leading rusher LeSean McCoy. The offense has really found itself through Foles and continuing to build on the confidence of success will really set up the remainder of the season for a roller coaster ending.

The best-case scenario would see the Eagles beating the Redskins and moving ahead of the Dallas Cowboys, who will be on the bye week. The Eagles could then enter their own bye with the division lead and gaining some needed time to get key players back from injury. It would set up a five-game stretch for Philadelphia to determine their own fate, but again, with the majority of those games coming at home.

The biggest hurdle the Eagles have ahead is not the opposition, but rather overcoming their home field woes and making the best of the opportunity they’ve been presented with.

Bob Francis is a Philadelphia Eagles contributor for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter @rfrancisjr, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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