Sunday, November 17, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Philadelphia Eagles
By Phil Sheridan
PHILADELPHIA -- A few thoughts on the Philadelphia Eagles’ 24-16 victory over the Washington Redskins:
What it means: The Eagles are in first place in the NFC East and, at 6-5, above .500 for the first time since Week 1. They also put a merciful end to their franchise-record 10-game losing streak at home. The game also represented the third strong performance in a row for Nick Foles, making it very unlikely coach Chip Kelly will go back to Michael Vick when Vick fully recovers from his hamstring injury. The Eagles swept Washington, taking big leads in both games and then white-knuckling at the end. Brandon Boykin's end zone interception preserved the victory for the Eagles.
McCoy, for real: The Eagles got a scare late in the first half when running back LeSean McCoy clutched his right hamstring after a run. McCoy went to the locker room for the last few minutes of the second quarter. He returned after halftime, however, and surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season. McCoy finished with 77 yards on 20 carries. He had two 1-yard rushing touchdowns.
Stock watch: Rising: Bill Davis. The Eagles' defensive coordinator had an excellent scheme and called a great game against Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris. Since that terrible 52-20 loss in Denver, the Eagles haven't allowed an opponent to score more than 21 points. If the offense had been effective in two home losses against the Cowboys and Giants, the Eagles could easily be at 8-3 with a seven-game winning streak. Davis has the players buying into, and really starting to thrive in, his 3-4 defense. Griffin made things interesting at the end, but Davis' defense ultimately held.
What’s next: The Eagles go into their bye week with a three-game winning streak. When they come back, they have back-to-back home games against Arizona (Dec. 1) and Detroit (Dec. 8). The late bye should help a handful of players with nagging injuries to heal, including left tackle Jason Peters, cornerback Bradley Fletcher and linebacker Mychal Kendricks.