5 Philadelphia Eagles That Need To Step Up Following the Bye Week

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5 Philadelphia Eagles That Need To Step Up Following the Bye Week
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The Philadelphia Eagles saved their season in a Week 6 upset at the hands of the Washington Redskins on the road. The run defense that had been an absolute joke through the first five games held a run first offense to just 42 rushing yards, with the longest run by a running back just six yards. The offense had balance, the defense played well in all phases and they didn't completely shoot themselves in the foot.

But are the Eagles actually back? Not quite. The Eagles still have to prove they can play at this level on a consistent basis. The defense strayed away from the "Wide 9" technique against the run and it paid off. Juan Castillo learned from his mistakes and made some great adjustments. In the NFL, you make adjustments and opposing coaches make theirs, and on and on it goes. Can Castillo continue to improve as a coordinator and put his talented defense in positions to make plays and get stops?

Several players need to continue improving as the season goes on and make more plays. The Eagles are in prime position to get back in contention with three straight home games against beatable teams. The time to turn it up is now.

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