If there were such a thing, the Minnesota Vikings defeating the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday was a good loss for Philly. The Eagles still hold their own fate in the coming weeks due to the game lead they held on the Dallas Cowboys entering this weekend. It has looked as though they would have to go in and win the final game all along. Now, they’ve been brought back to the reality that any team can win on any given week in the NFL.
Entering the game, few would have expected the Vikings to dominate the Philadelphia defense the way they did. Minnesota took what they wanted on offense for most of the day, and there was nothing the Eagles’ defense could do to prevent them from eating up yards and scoring points.
Many questions now loom about the stability of the Philadelphia defense which has come so far during the season. Will they be able to hold up for the stretch run and provide enough for the Eagles to make the playoffs? The next two weeks are critical and adjustments will be necessary to secure their hold on the NFC East and playoff hopes.
On the other side of the ball, Nick Foles returned to reality as well. His unprecedented run of near flawless play did not make the trip to Minnesota. He looked like a different quarterback, at times the one who fell apart during the Dallas game earlier this season. Glimpses of Foles’ greatness shone through as the Eagles made a run to end the third quarter, but his inconsistency, slower-than-usual decision-making and turnovers early in the game were too much to overcome.
Foles will now look to regroup, adjust and prepare for another meaningful matchup in hopes of reestablishing his elite status in Philadelphia.
The Eagles live to play another day, and the loss will probably do more good in the grand scheme, allowing them to refocus and gain understanding that they need to show up to play each and every week. In essence, losing to a below-average team will reignite the fire inside which allowed them to run off five in a row, and hopefully lead them to a division title and playoff berth in the final weeks of Chip Kelly’s inaugural season in the City of Brotherly Love.