The Philadelphia Eagles look ahead after a scintillating start
The Philadelphia Eagles have been off to a scintillating start this season. While some experts picked the Eagles to win the NFC East, no one could have predicted the 8-1 start. After a week two loss in Kansas City, the birds have rolled off 7 straight wins. The streak began with a miracle kick from rookie Jake Elliott against the New York Giants. That game has been the only one during the streak that went down to the wire.
Over the last two games, the Philadelphia Eagles have outscored their opponents 84-33. Leading the offense is the fast-rising QB, Carson Wentz. The Eagles front office vastly improved the offensive weapons available in the off-season. The dealing continued into the regular season with the acquisition of RB Jay Ajayi. The other side of the ball is even more impressive. Led by DT Fletcher Cox, the Philadelphia Eagles defense is one of the league’s best.
Any coach will tell you that “it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish!” While the record looks good to Eagles fans, the job is nowhere near finished. Through nine games the Philadelphia Eagles have yet to face their fierce rival, the Dallas Cowboys. On Sunday night in Arlington, the Cowboys will face a must-win game. Dallas will be without star RB Ezekiel Elliott for the second week of his suspension. The Philadelphia Eagles possess a three-game lead over the Cowboys and a win on Sunday would all but assure the Eagles an NFC East title.
Following the Dallas match-up, the birds will face Chicago at home, Seattle on the road, and a road game against the resurgent Rams. All winnable games if the Philadelphia Eagles play at the level they have so far. The match-up against Los Angeles could be a contest that could decide who gets home field advantage in the NFC playoffs. At 8-1, the Eagles know that they can control their own destiny, but the months of November and December shape the road to the Super Bowl just as much as January.