It was the story of two halves and two different Philadelphia Eagles teams that took the field. It was a game that would have made Rocky proud where you are down but never out and can always fight back to win. These are the days of Chip Kelly and Nick Foles. The Eagles knew what they had in LeSean McCoy, and while his magic deserves recognition every week, the victory on Sunday falls on the shoulders of the offensive line.
It took two quarters for Kelly to realize he could not run the offense he wanted. He needed to see that the field was not going to get stretched, the wheels were spinning, and the rhythm was gone. At the end of the second quarter you started to see hints of what was coming, and as things turned it was a majestic sight.
Kelly started calling more inside zone runs, and as Riley Cooper and DeSean Jackson came on, the defense had to make their choices. By then it was too late. The offensive line made two of the better tackles in the league totally invisible. The Eagles ran the ball at will with long scores from McCoy and Chris Polk. The line blew up the defense, pushing blockers into the linebackers and creating gaping holes. When you already have one of the best running backs in the game it is just too easy.
Look for more to come on Sunday as the Eagles head inside to face the Minnesota Vikings. Look for the return of the classic Kelly offense and a showcase of tempo and speed. This team is dangerous and a force as they march through December towards the first playoff berth in three years.