It feels good to be in first place. The Philadelphia Eagles fresh off a home win that was a complete victory that featured solid play in all three phases; offense, defense, and special teams sit deservedly in the driver’s seat in the NFC East.
This didn’t look possible three or four weeks go. Sitting at 3-5 it looked like their playoff hopes were in trouble. Since the offense has kicked it into high gear, and the defense has shown marked improvement thanks to a stout defensive line featuring Fletcher Cox and Cedric Thornton.
The offense has as much talent as any team in football. LeSean “Shady” McCoy is simply devastating in space. He makes professional defenders look silly with his variety of moves and elusiveness in the running game. Couple that with two receivers,DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper, who are balling in Chip Kelly’s up tempo style offense.
Kelly’s ability to adapt as a head coach and play with the hand he’s dealt has been impressive. The Quarterback position has been in flux all season and it looks like Kelly finally has his guy, Nick Foles. What makes this interesting is Kelly is used to playing with a mobile Quarterback, but he got it done with a pure pocket passer in Foles who isn’t exactly a quick player. Without star receiver Jeremy Maclin, Kelly still found a way to get production from his other receivers, namely Cooper who is having a huge breakout season in this offense.
The play makers in this offense combined with an ascending defensive unit make the Eagles the team to beat in the NFC East.