The game had no meaning in the grand scheme. Winning the game didn’t move the Philadelphia Eagles any closer to a division title or the playoffs. However, they came to play, and Chip Kelly allowed the starters to play a majority of the game finishing off the Chicago Bears and making a statement about just how good the Eagles can be.
Putting up one of the highest point totals of the season in a meaningless game, Philadelphia simply put others on notice that they can be taken seriously. It showed that last week was just a bump in the road, but they can play on both sides of the ball with other high caliber opponents.
The offense looked on the top of their game all night long, which wouldn’t mean much against the Bears who came to town hauling one of the league’s worst defenses. However, next week the Eagles will face the Dallas Cowboys defense for the NFC East crown which is now the NFL’s worst.
Kelly and the Eagles simply used Sunday’s game as an opportunity to fine tune the intricate options of the offense, build confidence and gain some continuity and timing behind the stellar performance of their up and coming quarterback Nick Foles. Along with the game changing performance of LeSean McCoy, the Eagles looked unstoppable.
The surprise of the night was how well the Philadelphia defense played. After an abysmal demonstration against the Minnesota Vikings a week earlier, the Eagles looked every bit the part of a reliable and seasoned group. Coverage all over the field was exceptional for the most part against one of the better aerial attacks in the league.
The Eagles will now have to replicate the show on both sides of the ball to earn a playoff position in the final week of the season.