Bird Is The Word Week 12: Bye Week

Posted: December 3, 2013 in Eagles

Bird Is The Word.

After defeating the Washington Redskins and finally ending their 10 game home losing streak, the Eagles went into their bye week in sole possession of first place in the NFC East. However, the second place Dallas Cowboys defeated the New York Giants to move into a tie with the Eagles. The Cowboys then took the lead in the division on the strength of a last-second victory over the New York Giants.

Although the Eagles didn’t play, the bye week was not without some news.

Foles For The Future

Foles For THe Future

Much to the surprise of nobody, the inevitable was made official when Chip Kelly named Nick Foles the starting quarterback moving forward.

Michael Vick has returned from injury, but will serve as the backup for Foles.

There is no denying that, save for one forgettable performance in week 7 against the Cowboys in which he left the game in the third quarter with a concussion that sidelined him the next week against the Giants, Foles has been nothing short of extraordinary.

Many fans and analysts will say “numbers are for baseball” regarding the statistics. Frankly, Nick Foles’ numbers do not lie. In 6 starts (and one relief appearance for an injured Michael Vick) Foles has thrown for 19 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Chip Kelly has even gone so far to comment that Foles is his starting quarterback “for the next 1,000 years here.”

I can’t say that I disagree with him.

Playing From Behind

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Thanks to the Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day victory over the Oakland Raiders, the Eagles head into Sunday’s game in second place in the NFC East.

Despite falling to second place without even playing, the Eagles head into their week 13 match up with the same mindset as the weeks before.  The NFC overall has been weak all season and as long as they can keep winning, it is the Eagles’ for the taking.

Battle Of The Birds

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The Eagles square off against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at 1 p at Lincoln Financial Field. At the beginning of the season, this did not look like a very interesting match up. After all, both teams have a new head coach and are in a rebuilding phase following a disappointing 2012 season.

However, both teams have exceeded expectations. The Cardinals are currently at 7-4 and in the hunt for a wild card berth in the playoffs. The Eagles, at 6-5, are battling for first place in a week NFC East for the coveted automatic playoff berth. (I say coveted because that is more than likely a team from the NFC East will make the playoffs.

We’ll see on Sunday afternoon which birds fly higher. Until then…

E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES   !!!!

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