That final score just sounds nuts. The Eagles played a complete game and flat-out dominated Chicago in every phase of the game. It truly was a thing of beauty.
The Eagles ran for 291 yards. Both Shady and Bryce Brown went over 100 yards. All 3 RBs ran for a TD. Nick Foles was very efficient as a passer, going 21 for 25. 2 of the incompletions were throwaways and a third one looked like it might have been the same thing.
The defense gave up 48 points last week, but only 11 tonight. The Eagles corners matched up better with the big Bears WRs than they did with the Vikings receivers who have such good RAC ability. Cary Williams played his best game of the year. Brandon Boykin had a pick-6. And the Eagles shut down Matt Forte. He finished with just 54 total yards. Trent Cole had 3 sacks. Mychal Kendricks had 2 sacks and a FF.
Devin Hester was a non-factor on STs. The coverage units were all over him. Bradley Fletcher even stripped him on a KOR and that set up a TD drive. Alex Henery knocked in a 49-yard FG and seems to be getting in a rhythm.
Is there a concern about the Eagles playing too perfect and playing a lesser game next week? I understand where some might think that. Chip Kelly was really pushing the team today. Even when the Eagles had a comfortable lead in the 2nd half, he was still willing to throw the ball down the field. Kelly is trying to get the Eagles to not think of this like a perfect game, but rather the standard he wants them to get to on a more regular basis.
It will be interesting to see if the Eagles are able to build off this game next week or if they take a step down. I’m not talking about exact results, but rather the fact they played so well. The 54 points are an aberration.
That was a fun game to close out the regular season at The Linc. What was once a house of horrors became a great place to play by the end of the season.
Next Sunday night the Eagles head to Dallas to play for the NFC East crown. This team has come a long way since last December, heck since the 3-5 start. Kudos to Kelly, the staff and the players.