Philadelphia Eagles Control Their Destiny Alone Atop NFC East

By Bob Francis
Chip Kelly
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Since Chip Kelly took over as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, the expectations surrounding the team have changed drastically. However, very few would have predicted that the Eagles would be contending for a division title in his first season. The Eagles have simply taken care of business, running off five consecutive victories behind the stellar play of second-year quarterback Nick Foles. LeSean McCoy has become that much more dangerous in the system which Kelly has implemented, and the Eagles are finally hitting their stride and look more potent than ever at just the right time.

Now, thanks to the Dallas Cowboys dropping a game to the Chicago Bears, the Eagles are all alone atop the NFC East. They hold their own fate in their hands with just three games to play. The Dallas loss provides Philadelphia with a little more wiggle room, although continuing the winning streak to end the season would be the easiest and most suitable answer for taking the division and earning their playoff spot.

Philadelphia could still drop a game along the way to either the Minnesota Vikings or Chicago as long as they beat the other and end the season with a win in Dallas. Although they have been very good on the road this season, winning a road game with the division and season on the line would be a tall order. It would benefit the Eagles most to continue the course and gain victories in the next two weeks. If the Cowboys win out as well it would still set up the final showdown in Week 17. However, if Dallas drops another along the way it would seemingly make their season ending matchup meaningless.

The Eagles have come a long way in just a season, but with little expectation for what to anticipate going forward the sky is the limit. A team with nothing to lose is more dangerous than one with expectations to meet. At this point, with each passing week and each victory, Philadelphia is becoming more and more dangerous making them less desired opponents if they can reach the playoffs.

Bob Francis is a Philadelphia Eagles contributor for  Follow him on Twitter @rfrancisjr, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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