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A week after letting a win slip through their hands in Arizona, the Philadelphia Eagles were back on the road on Sunday to take on the Houston Texans. This week the Eagles never let a lead escape them for long and the Birds never once trailed in the game against the Texans.
There is no time to dwell on what could have been a win to keep the Eagles on top of the NFC, or at least the NFC East after Dallas was defeated Monday night by Washington. This week Chip Kelly needs to hope his defense plays better and avoids allowing big plays to hurt them.
The Philadelphia Eagles head to Houston to take on the Houston Texans in NRG Stadium Sunday, November 2. The Eagles will be looking to get back in the win column after losing in Arizona, and the Texans will be looking for a second straight win after a victory in Tennessee.
The Eagles were so close to coming home with a record of 6-1, but self-inflicted mistakes and some questionable play calling held the Eagles back. The Eagles were flagged for 11 penalties for 103 yards, they lost the turnover battle (three to one) and went 0-for-3 inside the red zone. Despite all that, the Eagles still came within one play of getting out of Arizona with a win.
The Cardinals are 5-1, but they have not necessarily been as good as their record might suggest. What is fair to say is this team is resilient and has learned how to win some close games and close out tight games. That is to be respected, and why the Eagles will have to find a way to start and finish strong, as they did against the New York Giants.
With no disrespect intended to the Cardinals or whoever comes out of the NFC North or NFC South, it is the Eagles and Cowboys that are beginning to be recognized as the top contenders in the NFC.
The Philadelphia Eagles have every reason to be feeling good entering the off week, but this can also be a good a time as any to start evaluating who has been performing well and who has some room for improvement when the team gets back on the field. Here are some of the players who have come up big for the Eagles so far, and a couple who have had to be carried.
One area of concern after the bye week should be improving the efficiency of the offense. Specifically, the efficiency of the passing game and quarterback Nick Foles.
It is almost a shame the Eagles have to take a week off this week. After a performance like Sunday night, who doesn’t want to see them come right back out next week and keep it going?
The Eagles soar into their bye week with the best record in the NFL. At 5-1, the Eagles are tied for the lead in the NFC East with the Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles are now 4-0 at home as well as 2-0 in NFC East play. The Eagles could not be entering the bye week feeling too much better than they do, but challenges await after the week off.
The Eagles have a chance to enter the bye week reversing the vibes going on around the city. Winning against the Giants should be enough, but doing so while addressing a few areas of concern would be the best way to head into the bye week next week.
The Eagles have been shaky the past few weeks and will not likely be able to get away with it this week; not the way the Giants have played the last three weeks. The Giants come to Philadelphia having won three games by an average of 18.0 points.
If Sunday’s game exposed any one weakness on the Eagles defense, it is the play of the outside cornerbacks. St. Louis quarterback Austin Davis picked apart the Eagles defensive backs on the outside of the field time and time again as the Rams started to chip away.
The Eagles need McCoy to be the guy that drives the offense. As much as quarterback Nick Foles is the conductor under center, McCoy is the engine that runs the offense. Perhaps this weekend’s home game against the St. Louis Rams will offer the medicine for McCoy’s rushing woes.
The Rams were supposed to be one of the trendy up-and-coming picks in the NFC West this season, but when starting quarterback Sam Bradford went down for the season that talk was scaled back by most. The rams are still a dangerous team for the Eagles.