The Eagles weren't the first team to challenge the Patriots this year—but they may have given the rest of the league a blueprint for success against New England.
The Cowboys put some real pressure on the Pats' O, and the Colts game was a nail-biter for New England fans. The Eagles, though, proved on Sunday night that good coaching and proper execution can make any team competitive.
No one expected A.J. Feeley to put up the numbers he did against the Patriots D—but that's what happens when you exploit your opponents' weaknesses.
The Eagles took advantage of the Pats' lack of speed at linebacker with crossing routes and a heavy dose of Bryan Westbrook. If it hadn't been for Feeley's last interception, the game may have had a different outcome.
With Bill Belichick at the helm, Tom Brady under center, and guys like Tedy Bruschi and Rodney Harrison on defense, the Patriots are still the team to beat in the NFL.
Now, though, we know that any team that plays it right can hang with New England—even if they're 20-point underdogs.