Before the Philadelphia Eagles took flight for Houston, the team injury report offered more treats than tricks. Running back Darren Sproles (knee) and center Jason Kelce (hernia) were each officially upgraded to probable for the weekend’s road game against the Houston 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.
As the Philadelphia Eagles head back to work this Sunday in Arizona, they will do so with the possibility of the offensive line getting a bit stronger. It is unknown whether or not running back Darren Sproles or linebacker Mychal Kendricks will be available this weekend. Both players are listed are questionable for Sunday’s afternoon game against the Arizona Cardinals out west.
When the Eagles head to Arizona they will do so chasing the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East and jostling with the Cardinals for potential playoff positioning. As the season progresses, the importance of each game will continue to rise. Kelly sounds ready for that challenge. It’s back to business for the Eagles.
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 Cowboys defeated the Giants 31-21 and are now 6-1.
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.
The 5-1 Dallas Cowboys are the team to beat in the NFC East, no the 5-1 Eagles.
94WIP’s Ray Didinger gives credit to the Dallas Cowboys, who are tied with the Eagles at 5-1.
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.
Giants defensive end Cullen Jenkins admits the speed of the Eagles’ offense caused problems.
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?