The Philadelphia Eagles had a golden opportunity in Week 7 to beat the Dallas Cowboys and take the lead in the NFC East. That chance passed them by and raised questions about an offense that couldn’t produce a touchdown. Now, four weeks later, Philadelphia has reloaded with a shot at redemption and capturing sole possession of the division lead.
Sunday when the Eagles face off against the Washington Redskins will be a chance for them to make a statement about what 2013 represents in Philadelphia. Should they seize the opportunity to take a winnable game from a division foe, it sets up an end to the season which has been missing for some time in the City of Brotherly Love.
In order to make that statement — the one that they are for real, a contender — the Eagles need to beat the Redskins for the second time this season. Not only that, but they need to do it at home, in the confines of Lincoln Financial Field, where they haven’t won in their last 10 chances.
The Eagles are much improved over the team that shot out of a cannon in Week 1 when they faced off with Washington in the nation’s capital, but the pressure of overcoming their home demons will remain until they are able to produce what many hope is on the horizon.
With a defense that continues to improve each week, and an offense that has found consistency, the Eagles can be a dangerous team. The real statement they need to make is that they can win at home, because with three of the final five games held here in Philadelphia, the Eagles need to have a swagger and confidence that once existed here. One that other teams recognize when they arrive. Something that tells them, they’re in for a battle and their chances aren’t what they were hoping for. The Eagles need to make a statement that it’s tough to come here and take anything on home turf.
In doing that, they can really solidify what Chip Kelly has helped to build in his first season at the helm: Hope.