State of the NFC East: Eagles are the standard of NFL’s ‘glamour division’

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Josh Sweat #94 and Fletcher Cox #91 of the Philadelphia Eagles. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

The Eagles defense has been lights out during their last two games.

Philadelphia’s offense isn’t the only unit needing a show of faith. Their defense deserves some credit as well. Despite giving 35 points in the season opener versus the Detroit Lions, they’ve turned things around, giving up an average of 7.5 points during their last two outings.

The turnaround hasn’t come by accident. Philadelphia has given up the sixth least passing yards league-wide (560 through three games). They’ve had a nose for the football and have hauled in four interceptions (that’s good for eighth place) while forcing three fumbles. They’ve recovered one of those.

The Eagles can also thank their stars, including Darius Slay, for being lights out. He leads the defense with two interceptions.

Middle linebacker T.J. Edwards is better than we thought. He’s been very intimidating and ranks among the NFL’s top 15 tacklers. He has 27 through the first three games this season.

Last not but least, let’s talk about two veterans. Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham have been putting fear in the hearts of opposing quarterbacks recently. They’ve shown that there is still some gas in their tanks, combining for six sacks during the first three games of the season.

The Eagles are flying high on both sides of the ball, but they can’t look past the Jacksonville Jaguars. They’re an emerging young team that just demolished an extremely talented Los Angeles Chargers squad.