The Philadelphia Eagles are creating a trend in building large leads and allowing the opponents to close the gap late in games. The Eagles were lucky on Sunday to walk away with the victory against the Arizona Cardinals. Not that they didn’t do enough to deserve it, but they were still lucky.
After building a 17-point lead in the third quarter, the Philadelphia defense was able to hold on, allowing the Eagles to get the win and keep pace atop the NFC East, still keeping the playoffs as an attainable goal throughout the remainder of the season.
Nick Foles continued to shine, completing his 19th touchdown pass without an interception. However, a penalty helped along the way, negating what could have been a huge turnover and opportunity for the Cardinals late in the game. Foles continues to put himself in the conversation with the great quarterbacks in the NFL due to his rating, touchdown-to-interception ratio and yards-per-completion rate. The Eagles will need to see him continue his performance through the final weeks of the season to complete their improbable run to the playoffs in Chip Kelly’s first year at the helm.
Although the defense gave up their largest point total since their Week 5 win over the New York Giants, they held up when the game was on the line. The pressure applied to Arizona quarterback, Carson Palmer, really meant the difference in creating turnovers on the day and allowing the Eagles to build the lead which helped gain the victory.
There are still more hurdles to clear on the season. With another win under their belt, the Eagles are looking more and more like a true contender heading into the home stretch – not an outsider looking in.