Injuries can't be controlled, but the Eagles have to get healthy.
Philadelphia has dealt with injuries this year which was something they experienced less often in 2022. The secondary has been bitten by most often.
Safety Reed Blankenship and cornerback Bradley Roby have missed games with injuries. Corners Darius Slay and James Bradberry have battled through ailments of their own. The defense suffered another loss as linebacker Nakobe Dean has been placed on the injured reserve twice now.
Philly's defensive backs are nearing territory where they might be on track to be the healthiest they have been, and that's right on time as a game versus the Chiefs approaches. Does Reed Blankenship have a few more plays like this in him?
The Eagles play two of the league's best quarterbacks in Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs) and Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills) during a tough stretch of games. Can Philadelphia limit both gunslingers in back-to-back weeks? The secondary's performance versus the Dolphins' potent passing attack was critical to Philly's victory in Week 7.
The Eagles have favorable matchups for their secondary to close out the season against two struggling offenses in the New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals. They still need to establish some consistency in defending some of the NFL's better passing attacks.
If they fail to do so, this won't help them as they enter the postseason.
The Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, and Cowboys are all in the playoff hunt. It won't get any easier for Desai's unit. If they rise to the occasion, the Eagles' chances of representing the NFC in another Super Bowl improve. If not, another franchise will enjoy that honor.