Yesterday, the Philadelphia Eagles may have surprised a few people defeating the Arizona Cardinals 24-21 for the team’s second straight win at “The Linc” since losing their previous ten. Here’s what we learned in Sunday’s win:
1. Nick Foles is slowly becoming the franchise quarterback.
The only downfall of Nick Foles coming in, was that he hadn’t defeated a legitimate team this season, as all of his wins had came against teams with losing records and the Aaron Roger-less Green Bay Packers. Foles still has his loss against the Cowboys, but that one he can make up in week 17. Foles also has yet to throw an interception and when you don’t turn the ball over, you give your team a chance to win every week.
2. The Eagles are turning their weaknesses into strengths.
Coming into the season the Eagles defense was a primary concern, and it still is as they give up the second worst yards per game just ahead of the Cowboys. Bill Davis has still done a great job with this defense since the beginning of the season however as they have certainly helped this team win games in recent weeks.
This team has gone all out on the bend, but don’t break concept, as they haven’t allowed more than 21 points since week four against the Broncos, and when you do that, you have a chance to win football games in the NFL.
3. Who said Nick Foles wasn’t a mobile quarterback?
It has been said that in order for the Eagles and coach Chip Kelly to be successful, he needs a mobile quarterback to run his offense. Nick Foles has proved that to be false as he has only lost one game since becoming the starter. Also, Foles has expanded his game to become mobile as defenses don’t expect him, a pocket passer, to take off with the football.
Against the Cardinals, Foles had nine carries for 22 yards, not Michael Vick numbers, but enough to get the job done. On the season Foles is averaging 4.1 yards per carry.
4. The Eagles need to wake up in the 4th quarter.
Against the Redskins the Eagles were up 24-0, and almost gave up the lead late in the game, this week the they were up 24-14 and almost gave up the lead again. Point being the Eagles need to put teams away in the 4th quarter.
Since the Raiders game, the Eagles have been outscored 30-0 in the 4th quarter. That’s four games without any points in the final frame. Let’s just say it’s a good thing the Eagles haven’t been down and needed a 4th quarter comeback.
Chip Kelly either needs to be more aggressive to put teams away or give his team some sort of pep talk, but something needs to be done, because later in the season and heading into the playoffs, games are won and lost in the 4th quarter.
5. The Eagles are getting hot at the right time.
Right now you can just feel the chemistry and vibe on this team. The Eagles are close and they are really meshing together to become a good team. They’ve won four straight games heading into the final stretch and are on top of the world.
Experts always talk about that team that gets hot at the right time heading into the playoffs, and right now, that team may just be the Philadelphia Eagles.