Are The Philadelphia Eagles A Legitimate Contender In NFC?

By Ryan Wenzell
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The Philadelphia Eagles now sit at 6-5. Chip Kelly has the Eagles playing well on both offense and defense. Much credit goes to Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis for the defensive turn around.

Kelly, who has play calling duties, however, has this offense playing at an extremely high level. His play calling has been simply brilliant. When people load the box, he beats them with the pass. When people want to play the pass and take away deep threats DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper, Kelly gashes defenses with LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown and the running game.

Right now, the Eagles are on a roll after winning three straight. The real question is, are they contenders? The Eagles face a stiff schedule to end the season with a majority of their opponents above .500. We will see very shortly whether the Eagles are contenders or pretenders.

While the Eagles may not be the best team in the NFC right now, they are clicking on all cylinders. Nick Foles is fresh off  an NFC player of the month award, and he is simply balling right now.

Kelly’s two ingredients for a successful quarterback are being healthy and not turning the football over. Foles has done that in spades. He has thrown 16 touchdowns to zero interceptions, and is doing all the things a winning quarterback does.

Foles has been unflappable. We are now going to see what he is made of in the month of December and potentially January in the playoffs, if the Eagles are fortunate enough to get that far. Are the Eagles pretenders or contenders? At this juncture, it may be too soon to tell, but with Foles at the helm and a highly improved defensive unit, this Eagles squad may just be the team to watch in the NFC.

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