The Philadelphia Eagles have made waves with their recent five-game winning streak, and the entire NFL is starting to take notice.
At 8-5, in sole possession of first place in the NFC East, the Eagles will travel to Minnesota before coming back home for a huge Week 16 game against the Chicago Bears. The Bears, at 7-6, are tied for the NFC North lead after demolishing the Cowboys last night. This game, between two teams trying to win their respective divisions and sneak into the playoffs with new starting quarterbacks, has been flexed to Sunday Night Football.
Led by Nick Foles, the Eagles resurgent offense has been clicking on all cylinders recently, averaging 32 points per game during their five-game winning streak. Foles has thrown 20 touchdowns compared to just one interception, while running back LeSean McCoy has re-emerged as one of the league’s premier running backs, leading the NFL in rushing after a 200-plus yard performance this past Sunday.
The biggest difference, however, for this Eagles team has been its defense. Defensive coordinator Billy Davis has done a great job of helping his guys transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4, and the front seven has been especially good. DeMeco Ryans, Connor Barwin, and Fletcher Cox have all had great seasons while cornerback Bradley Fletcher has been the glue that has held this secondary together all season.
The Bears are without QB Jay Cutler, but that didn’t matter this past Sunday. A team usually known for its defense, the Bears have become one of the league’s most potent offenses, with a deadly WR duo of Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall and running back Matt Forte. QB Josh McCown emerged onto the national spotlight with a 350-yard, 4-touchdown performance yesterday.
This game will certainly be an interesting one with huge playoff implications.