In game that was supposed to be “meaningless,” the Philadelphia Eagles put the hurt on the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field, winning 54-11 on Sunday Night Football.
Here are my instant observations from tonight’s game:
- Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher are a lot better than we sometimes give them credit for. Even against two of the top receivers in the NFL, Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall, those two managed to hold Chicago to only 196 yards through the air. Playing one deep safety worked wonders for Billy Davis’ unit tonight, and I’m excited to see what they can do against Tony Romo and the Cowboys.
- Trent Cole CAN play in the 3-4. After recording zero sacks in his first nine games, Cole has been an absolute monster over the past month and a half. He added three more sacks tonight, which gives him 8 on the season. He has been messing up offensive tackles, tight ends, and running backs alike, and it will be interesting to see how the Cowboys will approach blocking him.
- May be a small sample size, but Chip Kelly and Nick Foles rebound well to losses. After the disastrous 16-3 loss to the Cowboys, Foles came back to throw 7 TDs in a 49-20 win. After last week’s fiasco in Minnesota, the Eagles came back to win by 43 points on primetime against a solid Bears team. Kelly made key adjustments, including finding ways to get Shady McCoy the ball, and they paid off this week.
- LeSean McCoy is the best running back in the NFL. Not Adrian Peterson. Not Jamaal Charles. With 133 yards tonight, he all but wrapped up the NFL rushing title and showed why he’s one of the few RBs to be considered for the NFL MVP trophy. He manages to turn very little into big runs week after week, and I doubt Dallas will be able to solve the problem that is Shady McCoy next week.
- He’s not even on the Pro Bowl ballot because “he is a slot corner,” but Brandon Boykin is playing like a Pro Bowler. With his fourth-quarter pick six, he now leads the team with 5 interceptions. He’s also the best tackler among CBs in the NFL according to Pro Football focus. The NFL really messed up in not having his name on the ballot.
- The biggest improvement this team has seen is along the offensive line. With Jason Peters, Jason Kelce, and Todd Herremans healthy, Evan Mathis being his All-Pro self, and Lane Johnson playing like a stud, they are the main reason Nick Foles is able to find open receivers six seconds into a play and McCoy has blockers out in front of him whenever he decides to bounce a run to the outside. At least three of them deserve to make the Pro Bowl (Mathis, Peters, Kelce).