The Philadelphia Eagles are riding a three-game winning streak into Lincoln Financial Field this Sunday to face-off against the 7-4 Arizona Cardinals. And with all the publicity surrounding young second-year quarterback Nick Foles and this high-octane offense, surprisingly it’s the Eagles’ defense that head coach Chip Kelly credits for a lot of the team’s success so far this season.
“In the last couple of weeks we’ve created a lot of turnovers down there, so I think that’s huge. Obviously, the No. 1 thing is you want to stop. Not only are we getting stops, but we’re getting turnovers created down there. That’s kind of like the icing on the cake. But I think it’s the field obviously gets shorter, there is not as much room for them to operate, and I think our guys have a pretty good understanding of the plan that’s going in. I also think our guys, now that we have a body of work to study film, we have an idea what people are trying to do down there. I think our coaches put together a plan and our players are executing them.”
Despite being in the top ten in takeaways, the Eagles defense currently ranks 31st overall in the NFL mainly due to the fact they are on the field so much. The Eagles offensive time of possession has dropped drastically this season by design, so the numbers can be misleading. But make no mistake. This defense is much improved from last season and are as big a part of this team’s success as it’s offense.