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5 Players Who Must Step Up For The Philadelphia Eagles In The Final Quarter Of The Season

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5 Critical Players For the Philadelphia Eagles Down the Stretch

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The Philadelphia Eagles are now 7-5. They are riding a four-game winning streak and are getting hot at the right time under their head coach Chip Kelly. Kelly has been a huge factor in this franchise's massive turnaround. Veteran and young players alike are buying into his system and it is showing.

Kelly's offense is in the top 10 in both yards and points. It is most certainly working at moving the ball and ultimately scoring points. Another unit that has massively improved is the defense. They are simply balling right now and have not allowed opponents to score more than 21 points in the last eight weeks.

Billy Davis has these boys balling right now. This is no easy feat either. The Eagles' defense transitioned from a 4-3 to a 3-4, and this type of change usually takes a full season. For Davis he has done it sooner. Some parts don't fit, but he has made them fit. The Eagles' defense right now is clicking on all cylinders.

The defensive line is playing at a really high level led by Fletcher Cox and Cedric Thornton. The linebackers are starting to get after the passer, and it looks like Trent Cole has had a reawakening. The secondary led by cornerbacks Cary Williams, Bradley Fletcher, and Brandon Boykin also deserve some credit. If they can keep playing like this on defense there is no telling what this team is capable of.

For Kelly and the Eagles this year should already be considered something of a success. To go from four wins to seven in Kelly's first season is remarkable. Of course the fans now crave more, and they have a big one this week against the Detroit Lions. Having said all of this, let's take a look at 5 players who must step up for the Philadelphia during the season's final four games.

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5. Nick Foles

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Nick Foles is playing at an MVP level right now having thrown 19 touchdowns to zero interceptions. He is two touchdowns without a pick away from breaking the record for most TD passes without an interception. Foles needs to stay consistent in this offense for the Eagles to earn a playoff berth.

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4. LeSean McCoy

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LeSean McCoy has been one of the best running backs in football. He has been quieted the past few weeks, but the Eagles' best all-around talent needs to get his game back on track in the season's final stretch for the Eagles to be able to continue to play football in January.

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3. DeSean Jackson

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DeSean Jackson is already over 1,000 yards and is having a brilliant campaign. He has a chance to set the franchise record for receiving yards in a season in what has been Jackson's best season as a pro. The explosive talent needs to continue to produce and threaten defenses deep if the Eagles want to go far in December and ultimately January.

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2. Trent Cole

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Trent Cole has come on in recent weeks registering four sacks in the last two games. This could be the start of something, and it looks like he is finally transitioning to the 3-4 defense. If Cole can get going and get after the passer that would be huge for this team's playoff chances.

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1. Cary Williams

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Cary Williams has a Super Bowl pedigree with the Baltimore Ravens. The feisty corner knows what it takes to win in December and January. He will be relied on as a veteran leader in the secondary with playoff experience to make plays and lead his troops in the back end.