Day After Eagles Report: First in the Division; Cooper Continues his RollingAfter suffering through a wretched 2 game losing streak in which most fans were clamoring for Teddy Bridegwater and/or Marcus Mariotta, the Eagles have now moved to 5-5 after 2 impressive wins (on the road of course) and are firmly in control of their own destiny with 6 games to play. It should be mentioned that 4 of the 6 games remaining are at Lincoln Financial Field where the Eagles have not won since before Halloween 2012. Should fans feel confident? Will the Eagles win even one of those games at home? With this weeks NFC East battle versus the Washington Redskins looming, the Eagles had better hope to get this win because the schedule starts to get much more difficult after the bye week. Let’s take a look at some of the things I saw yesterday and put this baby to bed. The division is now officially on the line! (Dallas lost yesterday)
1.) Nick Foles did not look as good as he did in Oakland, but he sure looked half way decent for a guy who was not on his A game. 12-18 passing for 220+ yards and 3 TD passes sure looks fine to me in a “shaky” outing. While Chip Kelly still refuses to name him the starting QB, I maintain that this is the correct move in case Foles falters badly in the next couple of weeks.
2.) Did Vinny Curry get another sack? Yes, yes he did.
3.) Riley Cooper is still maintaining his beast mode. He only had 3 catches yesterday, but they went for 102 yards and 2 TD’s. While Cooper is never going to break easily away from coverage or confuse anyone about his blazing speed, he does play well to his skill sets and is building quite a rapport with Nick Foles. Cooper obvioulsy started out the year in a tough way (by his own doing, it should be stated) he is making people believe that he not only belongs in the league as more than just a red zone threat, but that he could be a nice #3 receiver on a playoff contender. The Eagles still miss Jeremy Maclin badly, but Cooper refuses to let adversity hold him back and he continues to impress week after week.
4.) DeSean Jackson: beast mode again. Jackson appears headed for a Pro Bowl berth and his best statistical season ever. He is quietly having arguably the best WR season after we discount the man beast that is Calvin Johnson.
5.) The defense has now held opponents to 17 points or fewer in the last 5 games. They are not a great defense by any means, but they are giving the offense a chance to win games and Nick Foles is taking advantage. The costly fumble that Foles had gave the defense a chance to shine and they came up big in that spot. I understand who was quarterbacking, but the Packers still have great receivers. The Matt Cassells and Matt Flynns of the world have done decent enough jobs when their starter went down and won games because of a talented group of play makers and protectors. The 2 backups who quarterbacked yesterday had both and at times took advantage, but give credit where credit is due. They came up big and did not break.
6.) Speaking of the defense, Connor Barwin and DeMeco Ryans: beast mode. Huge games out of both. Roc Carmichael also had a decent enough game filling in for an injured Bradley Fletcher. Fletcher had been playing really well.
7.) Is Alex Henery back on the hot seat? He missed a very attainable 39 yard field goal and has the look of a guy who needs more confidence. Luckily, he hit his next two. I say he’s replaced after this year unless he finishes the season very strong.
8.) Big game for Shady McCoy and even Bryce Brown looked good. The last drive where the Packers badly needed a stop and knew the Eagles would be running did not matter at all. McCoy quieted the loud whispers of “whats going on with this guy” yesterday with a huge game and Brown filled in nicely as a compliment. The Eagles simply beat this team off the line, and the O line gave up an average of almost 30 pounds (!) to the Packers D line. Also, nice rushing effort for Nick Foles. 8 rushes for 38 yards. See, he can be mobile!