A season of transition brought a new coach with a breath of fresh air and a new identity as a team. There were adjustments along the way as Chip Kelly adjusted to life as an NFL coach after serving an entire career at the college level, but his players bought in to the mentality Kelly introduced to them and fought their way to an NFC East division title few saw coming before the season started.
A last-second field goal by Shayne Graham brought an end to the first season of the Chip Kelly era as the Saints left Philadelphia with a 26-24 victory in the NFC Wild Card playoff. The time for season-long evaluations will come over the coming week, but for now let’s take a quick look at how the Eagles performed in this game.
The Philadelphia Eagles will need their defensive secondary to be on their toes this weekend with Drew Brees leading the New Orleans Saints in to town with a monster of a passing offense. Fortunately for the Eagles, the defensive backfield is getting healthier in time for the playoffs.
Drew Brees will be much more successful against the Eagles defense than back-up Kyle Orton was in the final game of the regular season. But, if the Eagles can knock Brees off his game, then the Saints could quickly run out of options to try and keep up wit the Eagles offense.
Not only will Washington finish in the division cellar for a franchise-record fifth time in six seasons, it’s doing so in the NFC East, the second-worst of the NFL’s eight quartets. Only the absolutely awful AFC North, whose four teams are a staggering 16 games under .500, is worse than the NFC East, which is eight games below even.
Fans in New York never want to abandon thoughts of the postseason this early into any season. As frustrated as they may be, the hope of a postseason run remains in the minds of the fans of both New York NFL teams.
What the Redskins have going for them isn’t a suddenly performing defense, an effective ground game. No. It would be the NFC Least which went winless outside of Washington’s win.
Pryor took a nasty shot to the head as he was hit by multiple defenders on what appeared to be a design run. And maybe this will serve as the 1,000th warning to Redskins nation as they clamor for Robert Griffin III to become more of a threat in the run game.
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Michael Vick looks rejuvenated and Nick Foles isn’t going away easy. Both looked sharp and led the Philadelphia Eagles to a touchdown drive in a 14-9 victory over the Carolina Panthers.