It all comes down to next week. While the Philadelphia Eagles spanked the Chicago Bears, 54-11, before a national audience (with the Bears actually needing to win the game!), the season will be decided in Dallas next Sunday.
Does it get any better than that?
Chip Kelly has done a marvelous job this year, taking a 4-12 team to 9-6 and on the brink of a playoff berth. Along the way, he’s made a transition to his backup quarterback and coaxed an MVP-caliber season out of him.
His rushing attack is the NFL’s finest, the defense has overachieved all season and the Eagles have put themselves in position to make a serious run in the playoffs should they knock off Dallas.
Eagles fans will have a week to pump themselves up for what should be a thrilling Week 17 matchup with the Cowboys—a team that did hand the Eagles a humiliating 17-3 loss earlier this year. It’s an absolute must-win for Philly and a chance for both Nick Foles and Kelly to get redemption in the biggest way.
For now, here are seven takeaways from a good old-fashioned Eagles’ butt-kicking against the Bears.