State of the NFC East: Eagles remain on top of the mountain

Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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The rushing attack has helped steady the ship during each of the past two Eagles’ victories.

Philadelphia’s last two games have tested them, and they’ve shown they can pull through when things don’t go their way. They’ve passed the test. Versus the Jacksonville Jaguars, they found a way to intimidate and rattle opposing quarterback Trevor Lawrence through the rainy elements that came as a result of Hurricane Ian. They then survived a late rally by the Arizona Cardinals to squeak out a win in Week 5.

The Eagles beat the Jags because of a steady dose of the running game. They put the game away with a clock-devouring drive late in the fourth quarter because they went back to the running game after abandoning it early.

Running back Miles Sanders has been a man on a mission this year, as he is fourth in the NFL in rushing yards with 414. Sanders has run for 192 yards in the last two games with two touchdowns as all six of Philadelphia’s touchdown scores these past two weeks have come by way of the rushing attack.

Starting quarterback Jalen Hurts continues to set the league on fire through the air as he has thrown for 443 yards in the last two wins. Hurts has also been impressive as a scrambler. He killed any hope of Jags and Cards victories thanks to 99 yards rushing and three touchdowns over these past two weeks.

The Birds may be scoring the touchdowns by running, but the passing game has pushed the team down the field and put them in a position to get in the end zone. These past two weeks, tight end Dallas Goedert and wide receivers DeVonta Smith and A.J. Brown have had their way with opposing defenses, combining for 394 receiving yards as a trio.