They made it interesting at the end, but with a 24-16 win over the Washington Redskins, the Philadelphia Eagles finally halted a 10-game losing streak at home that was over one full calendar year in the making. The Birds are above .500 for the first time since Week 1, improving their record to 6-5 on the season, and have taken sole possession of first place in the NFC East from idle Dallas.
Philadelphia is riding a three-game winning streak and now has a bye week to get its roster rested and healed for the stretch run. The question is quickly shifting from, “Can this team sneak into the playoffs?" to, “How far could it go?”
The Eagles are firing on all cylinders right now. This marks the seventh week in a row the defense has held its opponent to 21 or fewer points. The offense has found stability under center in Nick Foles. The club has managed to avoid suffering numerous devastating injuries to key players.
Most importantly, the Eagles are getting hot at the right time of the year.
If their recent success carries over after the bye, they’ll be tough to beat in December—and nobody will be looking forward to facing them come January.
But Chip Kelly insisted his squad won’t look forward at all during the head coach’s postgame press conference. From Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer: "We put ourselves in a situation where those five games in December are meaningful. We're going to pick our heads up on December 29 to figure out where we are."
After dropping both games in the season series, Washington certainly is glad to be done with Philly. The Skins fell behind 24-0 through three quarters before attempting to mount a desperate fourth-quarter comeback. It came up short when Robert Griffin III heaved a bad interception in the game’s final minute.
There was a play before RG3’s pick, however, that really helped seal the deal for the Birds. More on that ahead, plus plenty of other takeaways from a big win in South Philly.