With a 27-13 victory over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles accomplished something in 10 games this season that they could not do in 16 games only a year ago, as the Birds already have five wins in 2013, surpassing last year’s total with plenty of season still left to play.
Suddenly, with a two-game winning streak and their record back to .500, the Eagles are playoff-minded once again. But does the fact that their latest triumph came at the expense of an opponent without its starting quarterback and top backup quarterback diminish the quality at all?
It certainly does not matter in the standings, where all victories count the same in the win column. Philadelphia is 5-5 now, and that’s all there is to it.
There's no denying that the Eagles caught a break when 2011 NFL MVP and Packers starting signal-caller Aaron Rodgers went down with a collarbone injury last week. As head coach Chip Kelly pointed out after the game, though, every team has to roll with the punches, including his own squad, via Alex Smith of PhiladelphiaEagles.com:
It’s part of what you’ve got to do. We’ve lost a quarterback in [Michael Vick], and I think that Nick [Foles] has done an unbelievable job of coming in. ... That’s just kind of what this league is all about. You have to be able to handle those situations.
Regardless of who was under center for the Packers, you had to like what you saw from the Eagles this week. It was a total team victory, one that might even help propel Philadelphia into the postseason.
On to this week's takeaways.