Eagles Continue to Fly High

by Marc Narducci | Nov 29, 2023
Eagles Continue to Fly High
 It’s interesting each week as the Eagles continue to win games, to hear the complaining on talk radio about all the supposed deficiencies. 

The secondary, we are told, is suspect. For so long, we heard complaints about the running game. Then we were told the Eagles had a six-game portion of the schedule that they are halfway through, that could be their undoing.

They are 3-0 in that current string, with nail-biters over Dallas, Kansas City and the Buffalo Bills.

All the stories about the losing team in the Super Bowl, having trouble the following season, have not occurred. 

The Eagles don’t always look smooth and they trail a lot of games, but this is a team that is not only talented, but composed. 

They never panic.

They have won their last four games after being down at halftime.

Trailing Washington, 17-10 at halftime, they beat the Commanders 38-31. 

The Eagles were down 17-14 at halftime in their 28-23 home win over the Dallas Cowboys. 

In a Super Bowl rematch, they trailed the Kansas City Chiefs, 17-7 at halftime in terrible weather. In the second half, the Eagles outscored the defending Super Bowl champs, 14-0 to win 21-17.

Then on Sunday, they trailed the Buffalo Bills, 17-7 at halftime, again in inclement weather. The Eagles came back to win 37-34 in overtime. 

One reason they remain so calm is that they take after their leader, QB Jalen Hurts. 

This year he hasn’t put up the impressive stats, except the 10-1 record. 

In the last two regular seasons, the Eagles are 24-2 in the regular season with Hurts in the lineup. 

What is most impressive about Hurts is that he still is not 100 percent due to the bone bruise in his knee. 

Even though he scored the winning TD on a 12-yard run against Buffalo, one could see he didn’t have his normal burst.

Hurts at less than 100 percent is still a dangerous runner, and he continues to improve as a passer. He should be the leading candidate for MVP. 

The final three games of the Eagles big six-game stretch includes Sunday’s home game against the San Francisco 49ers, then two straight road games, at Dallas and Seattle. 

The Eagles close the season with two games against the New York Giants sandwiched around a home game against Arizona. 

Could they lose a couple down the stretch? Sure, but they have been the best team in the NFL all season, and until proven otherwise, they are the team to beat. 

The Eagles may not always display great style points, but they do what it takes to win. And they continue to get more confident with each win. 

Barring future injuries, that is why they should be the favorite to not only return to the Super Bowl, but to win it.  

Photo: Courtesy of Philadelphia Eagles

 

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