The NFC East Race is On

By Matt Shaner
John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles could only watch and wait to see if they would get help from their division mates up route 95.  For a minute, it looked like Eli Manning would pull through and give the Eagles sole possession of first place.  Then it all fell apart.  Tony Romo drove the length of the field and set up a winning field goal.  Now, with five games left, the Eagles and Dallas Cowboys are ready to battle for the division and valuable playoff spot.

At the moment, the Cowboys own the tiebreaker with their division record. If they beat the Washington Redskins, they will own the division record regardless of what happens in week 17.  If they do not, the game could still be for the division and the playoffs. The way the Redskins have played lately, the Eagles need to steal as many as possible before that final showdown in Dallas.

The path won’t be easy. Nick Foles must be ready to jump into the fire. The defenses only get better, the opposition only stronger.  The easiest remaining game is against the Minnesota Vikings, and the Eagles will need that win.  None of the other four are guaranteed.

Chip Kelly must have his group ready, from players to assistant coaches.  Billy Davis will need to keep his pedal down and the defense improving. This is the first time Kelly will be tested to see how he finishes a professional season.  Some teams get stronger in December, others, see Romo above, usually choke and fall apart. One of the biggest criticisms of Andy Reid‘s regime was his inability to close out games and seasons. This is Kelly’s shot and his time to show the league he is the real deal and a force for years to come.

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