After a lackluster performance against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 15, the Philadelphia Eagles’ defense left a ton of questions surrounding what had been seen in their improved production since being destroyed in Week 4 by Peyton Manning and the NFL’s best offense, the Denver Broncos.
Consider those questions answered.
The Eagles’ defense returned to form, producing their best game of the 2013 campaign and making the statement that Philadelphia can be dangerous on both sides of the ball. Holding the stellar Chicago Bears‘ aerial attack to just three points in the first half, they looked every bit the part of a playoff caliber defense. Not only were they stopping the Bears, but they produced a touchdown of their own, a safety, and compiled five sacks on the day. They were tough in every aspect of the game for the entire night.
Now, after re-establishing what they had built prior to their demise in Minnesota, the Eagles have set their sights on the Dallas Cowboys and an NFC East title. They’ll have to play every bit as well as they did against Chicago to give themselves the best chance of winning this weekend and advancing to the playoffs.
Dallas will pose a more threatening run attack with DeMarco Murray, but the Eagles will have to play just as well against the pass with the many options the Cowboys possess.
Chip Kelly has preached all year that they’ll take one week at a time, treating the next game as the most important. Now, the next game is the most important, because it will determine the outcome to their season.
Defensive coordinator Billy Davis will have to do just as well planning for the Cowboys as he did the Bears. Sending pressure and keeping coverage will be the most important aspects of the attack, but if the Eagles’ defense can keep on track with their most current performance, they’ll give themselves a great chance to win.