The Philadelphia Eagles secured their third consecutive victory on Sunday, knocking off the defending NFC East champion Washington Redskins by a 24-16 score. The Eagles climbed out to a 24-0 lead, then held off a furious effort by Robert Griffin III and Co. to preserve Philly’s first home win in 14 months.
Chip Kelly has his Birds at 6-5 and in sole possession of first place in the division. The Eagles have a bye week to prepare for a matchup with the Arizona Cardinals that will likely be flexed to Sunday Night Football. Considering the way both the Eagles’ offense and defense are playing, there has to be a good chance Philadelphia comes away victorious, not only in the game but as division champions.
Sunday’s performance was supported largely by another stellar performance by second-year quarterback Nick Foles, who continues to make his case to start in 2014. But Foles was helped by a core group of talented offensive players, a defense that is getting better with every week, and a special teams unit that came up huge when it was most needed. It was a team win, although the following performances really stood out.