Eagles Blowout Bears, 54-11; Face Winner-Take-All Battle With Dallas
By Michael P. Quinn (@PJbleedsgreen)
Cold Hard Football Facts Eagles Specialist
After being upset by the Minnesota Vikings last week, no one really knew what to expect from Chip Kelly's Eagles against the Chicago Bears.
The Cowboys had just defeated the Redskins, and erased any hope of the Eagles clinching the division on Sunday.
How would the Eagles handle it? Would Kelly be able to get his group to compete against a playoff-caliber team?
Well, not only did they compete, the Eagles humiliated the Bears, 54-11, shattering their top point total of the year of 49. It was the fifth highest-scoring total in the history of the Eagles franchise.
Almost as impressive, the defense only allowed 11 points to a Chicago team that entered the game No. 2 in scoring.
The offense was on point the whole game. Nick Foles continued his dominance over the NFL as he completed 21 out of 25 passes for 230 yards and another two touchdowns adding onto his remarkable season (25 TD/2 INT, 117.0 passer rating).
While the second year passer was on fire, he definitely got some help from the ground game. LeSean McCoy continued his record-setting year by adding another 133 yards to his total as well as a couple of scores. He averged a ridiculous 7.4 YPC and is less than 50 yards away from setting the franchise record for rushing yards.
Not to be outdone (by much) Bryce Brown also rushed for over 100 yards, and scored a touchdown of his own. To finish the evening out, third string running back Chris Polk drove the dagger into the Bears as he managed to rush for a 10-yard touchdown.
The effort of the entire team helped the Eagles in a number of situational stats. First, their Scoreability (or yards per point scored) went from 16.5 to 15.3 YPPS. With Foles completing 84% of his passes and the Eagles rushing for nearly 300 yards, they no doubt earned the bump.
Only allowing 11 points to the fourth highest scoring team in the league also helped the Eagles improve their Bendability marker (or yards per point allowed). They rose to 17.9 YPPA which is top five in the league, beating out teams like the New England Patriots and even Dallas Cowboys.
The Eagles are looking good, and have a great shot at winning the NFC East next week. But the Cowboys defeated Chip Kelly and Nick Foles only two months ago, so do they still have their number? Or have both teams changed enough that it will be a completely different outcome?
Only time will tell, but according to the general consensus, it's the game of the week. For the second straight week, the Eagles game was flexed into the primetime spot.
The storylines are endless as this will surely be a game to remember. On December 29th, the Phildelphia Eagles will take on the Dallas Cowboys to determine a champion in what will be the final regular season game of the 2013 season.
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