Philadelphia Eagles Can Thank Defense For Turnaround This Season

By Ryan Wenzell
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

There has been one thing that has been synonymous with the Philadelphia Eagles‘ recent success: the improved play of the defense. Granted, they had one major slip-up against the Minnesota Vikings, but they have been solid for the last two-plus months beyond that.

The unit seems to be firing on all cylinders right now. They have recently started rushing the passer, and Trent Cole‘s emergence in the 3-4 defense is to thank for that. Believe it or not, all eight of his sacks have come in the second half of the season. The veteran pass rusher is simply getting it done when it matters. Cole is now second all-time on the sack list in Eagles’ franchise history. What has been just as impressive is the coverage on the back end.

Last night, the conventional wisdom was that the Chicago Bears‘ dynamic duo at receiver would have its way with the Eagles’ secondary. It just didn’t happen. Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher, matched up with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, did a masterful job of blanketing both of the physical receivers.

This Eagles team is doing everything a successful playoff team does: running the ball, making plays through the air and making big plays on defense. They are on a huge wave of momentum right now. Suddenly, the Seattle Seahawks look vulnerable after being humiliated at home. The NFC is wide open right now. It is there for the taking. Does this Eagles team have the goods to make a lengthy postseason run? You bet.

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