It’s been a case of ‘so far, so good’ for the Philadelphia Eagles in their opening games of the season. The Eagles were convincing in their victory over the Cleveland Browns in the curtain raiser before putting in an equally impressive performance against the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football in their Week Two clash.
But many believed that this past weekend was going to get a lot tougher, with Eagles in a difficult tie with the well-fancied Pittsburgh Steelers. On paper, the Steelers were stronger on both sides of the ball. But as we saw, football matches aren’t won on paper. With the Lincoln Financial Field crowd behind them, the Eagles pulled off an upset like no other.
A victory over Pittsburgh most certainly boosted Philly’s standing in the race for the NFC East title. Coming into Sunday’s game, the Eagles were tied for first-place with the New York Giants but Philly will be confident of toppling the G-Men when those all-important divisional clashes take place. Ultimately, these are the fixtures that will decide the destiny of the NFC East title this season and Doug Pederson’s new-look offense may put plenty of points on the board.
With Carson Wentz settling quickly into life at Philadelphia, the Eagles are relishing every moment as they get set to battle for a place in the playoffs. As we all know, topping the division guarantees at least one home fixture during the postseason and that could be crucial in the hunt for the Super Bowl. Whilst Pederson will be confident of picking up enough wins to secure a playoff place, the divisional title is certainly up for grabs.
Offensively, Philadelphia are solid. They aren’t audacious, they don’t try to open the playbook too much and they aren’t overly exciting to watch – but they are getting results and that is all that matters; especially with a rookie quarterback under center. Chip Kelly, take note: Doug Pederson has done all the right things since taking over as head coach and he is a big reason why the Eagles are sitting pretty with two wins from two games.
As of September 23rd, the Eagles were 11/10 to win the NFC East divisional title this season – and Betway punters will be tempted to back Philadelphia after their impressive start to the campaign. In fact, Wentz is just the sixth rookie quarterback to win in each of his first two career starts; and Eagles fans will be licking their lips at the prospect of finally finding their franchise quarterback for the future.
So watch this space, the Eagles mean business this season. Let’s not beat around the bush: the Chip Kelly project was an absolute disaster from start to finish but Doug Pederson has almost eradicated any lingering memories inside a matter of months. The hard work is far from complete but Philadelphia are looking much stronger now than they were twelve months ago. If they can keep Wentz fit and healthy, the Eagles WILL achieve great things in the near future…