In the course of a remarkable afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field in front of a rabid crowd hungry for a victory after 10 consecutive home defeats, the Eagles raced out to a 24-0 lead and then held, thanks to the
A bye week couldn't have come at a better time for the Eagles, who are banged up and bruised and despite missing three defensive starters contained Washington's powerful offense just enough to capture the win.
"It feels great," said wide receiver
It wasn't easy against the Redskins, although for three-plus quarters the Eagles were cruising. As they did in the season-opening win at FedEx Field, the Eagles raced out to a big lead, this time 24-0, and hung on for dear life to complete the season sweep.
What happened on Sunday? Well, the Eagles put together a great three quarters, leading by 24 points and making Lincoln Financial Field a party spot. The fans, who had not enjoyed a win since September, 2012, were clearly rocking and reveling in the experience.
And then ...
Griffin threw a pass to fullback Darrel Young, and he turned it into a 62-yard catch and run for a touchdown. Washington converted the two-point conversion to make it 24-8. No biggie. Not yet.
Washington took another possession 85 yards in seven plays in less than three minutes and scored on a Griffin pass to Aldrick Robinson from 41 yards out and made the two-point conversion on Griffin's quarterback draw and, gulp, with 5 minutes, 57 seconds left to go, the Eagles' lead was down to 24-16.
The Eagles had a three-and-out series on offense, and then
Here are the Eagles, then, at 6-5 and leading the NFC East. They won on Sunday despite missing three defensive starters. They swept the Redskins and virtually knocked Washington (now 3-7) out of the race in the NFC East.
It's been a fascinating rush to 6-5.
Meanwhile, the defense dominated the Redskins. Linebacker
The Eagles gave up a lot of yards, but many of them came late and, ultimately, those yards led to only 16 points. It was the seventh straight game in which the Eagles allowed 20 points or fewer, a terrific defensive turnaround after some rocky early times.
This is a team that has gone from the rebuilding phase to the "believing" phase. The Eagles have trust in one another and in the system and in the idea that they are playing meaningful games in December.
The bye week comes and we'll reflect on the 11 games played to date in the days ahead. One thing is for certain right now: The Eagles are on the rise. There is no denying that. They've rallied from a 1-3 start and then a 3-5 sag and they sit atop the NFC East, as damaged as it may be. There is a lot of football to go, and we know that, so it's going to be telling how this young team responds to pressure in the weeks ahead.
The playoffs are here, in a sense. And the Eagles are in the thick of the picture in the NFC East and in the NFC.
"We're all having a lot of fun," said Boykin, who has been outstanding in his versatile role as a nickel cornerback, return man and special teams ace in coverage. "You get a taste of winning and it becomes contagious. I think we're feeling it a little bit right now."
Who isn't? This team is fun, fun, fun and Chip Kelly is in love with a roster that is full of energy and vim and vigor, not to mention a ton of emerging talent.
The Eagles won one at home on Sunday, and we can now forget all about the troubles at Lincoln Financial Field. It took some doing, and it was nerve-wracking, but a win is a win is a win, and the Eagles have three of 'em in a row and are feeling the good vibe heading into the bye week.