Eagles right back in NFC East mix

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The four-game losing streak is a thing of the past. The signs asking the Eagles to fire Andy Reid are back in storage.

The Philadelphia Eagles are in second place in the NFC East, and no other team in the division is capable of winning a game like Sunday night’s 34-7 beatdown of the Cowboys.

This was the Eagles team Philly fans dreamt about in August. They actually ran the ball non-stop in the second half with a big lead. And it worked. Crazy strategy, right?

The first half was flawless. The second half helped showed how much the offensive line has improved over the course of Philly’s seven games. This can be a group that is bruising and athletic at the same time.

The Eagles had the top-ranked rushing attack in the league heading into the game. They rushed for 239 yards — with 185 from LeSean McCoy — against a Dallas unit that used to rank first in the league against the run.

In essence, the Eagles’ strength dominated the Cowboys’ strength. After this game, it’s hard not to think the Eagles are the best team in the division when they play their best.

Michael Vick was accurate, explosive, and efficient at the same time throwing only 28 passes for 279 yards and two scores.

The Eagles had a different look with tackle Jason Peters and defensive end Trent Cole back in the lineup. The secondary blanked Miles Austin and Dez Bryant, with Nnamdi Asomugha having his best game in Philly. Tony Romo was held to 5.8 yards-per-attempt and was sacked four times.

The Giants still lead the division by two games at 5-2, but they face the Patriots and the 49ers on the road over the next two weeks before hosting Philly on Sunday Night Football. The Redskins are fading fast, and the Eagles now have the early tiebreaker edge over a Cowboys team that should be better than they showed Sunday night. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Eagles and Giants tied for first place at 5-4 when they face off.

Philadelphia still has a very long way to go. Their margin for error is small, but this was a win they needed badly.

It was a win that reminded the Eagles how good they can be. It reminded us that Andy Reid’s Eagles teams usually look a lot better down the stretch than they do early in the season.

93 responses to “Eagles right back in NFC East mix

  1. remember how foolish they were to sign nnamdi and babin, and pick up mudd and washburn, and let castillo move to D? remember how terrible their lb’s were? and don’t forget how mike vick was regressing. and also the andy reid hot seat.

  2. Tom Brady after a loss means the Giants can just give up on any hopes of a superbowl like upset. The 49ers are a tough team so yeah 5-4 for the Giants could happen. But the Eagles still need to beat Chicago and Detroit to get there… and we will see about that

  3. The eagles always do this, remember when they beat Washington last year and everyone was proclaiming Mike Vick as the best quarterback in the league? The fact is that although the Eagles are a talented team, they do not play consistently well enough to win a Super Bowl. They have weaknesses, just like everybody else and I do not think that one game should make anybody get to excited about what to expect from them in future games because this team is really impossible to predict.

  4. GGGGG-Men!

    Pats can be beaten…18-1, Niners haven’t beaten anybody worth a damn yet, Vick may be on IR by the time Philly and the Giants face off. It’s the Packers and 2 faceoffs with Dallas I’m worried about.

  5. the mix? What? Hoping the Giants are 4-5 in their remaining 9 games? They can only make the playoffs by winning the NFC East, and I doubt the Giants are going to lose six games the rest of the way.

    The Packers are the only true formidable team on the slate. The Patriots are very beatable and the Saints got exposed ONCE AGAIN today, after a schizo Bucs team did the same two weeks ago.

  6. warrenmoon says: Oct 31, 2011 12:15 AM

    Tom Brady after a loss means the Giants can just give up on any hopes of a superbowl like upset. The 49ers are a tough team so yeah 5-4 for the Giants could happen. But the Eagles still need to beat Chicago and Detroit to get there… and we will see about that
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    Can’t wait to see him begging for flags after he gets sacked seven times next week.

  7. I also do not think that the Giants beating the Pats next week would be a “Superbowl like upset.” The Patriots defense is not what it was in 2007 and they do not have an offensive weapon like Randy Moss was in 2007. I do believe the Patriots should be favored at home, but the Giants capable of beating anyone that they play. If their pass rush gets going and Eli makes good decisions with the ball, the Giants are a very formidable opponent for anybody. That being said, talk is cheap and we will see what happens next week when the whistle blows.

  8. Why do we constantly have Dallas on every week playing either Sunday or Monday night? How much does Jerruh pay for that schedule? Why do the channels (FOX, CBS, ESPN etc) seem to think we need to see Jerruh 10 times a game? Most of the other owners are never shown and a few owners are shown maybe once per game?

    Talk about selfish.

    The best part of all this coverage is watching Jerruh smugly come down to the field near the end of the game with Dallas leading. He’s coming down to celebrate with the team (like they want him there) and then Dallas loses on a last second play. Priceless.

  9. so… where are all the skins, boys and giants trash talking fans now?

    these are the real eagles home boys, so be prepared for an ass whooping the rest of the season!

    go eagles!!!

  10. “The second half helped showed how much the offensive line has improved over the course of Philly’s seven games.”

    The second half helped showed??? I’m a big fan of the site, but I’ve been noticing more and more the sub-par writing ability of some columnists on here. And yes, it sounds like nit-picking, but it does get on my nerves when I read it over and over again from self-described “professionals”.

    The amount of tools available for correcting simple grammar mistakes is comical. The fact that some writers aren’t taking the time to use them or proofread is scary.

    I’m sorry, but these are things that separate this site from just another random blog. Act like it and quit pumping out unintelligible drivel. Thanks.

  11. Dallas should change their name to the “Midnight Cowboys” because they spend so much time in the bathroom. Most of you probably won’t get this one

  12. Oh and by the way, I just checked and the Eagles still have MORE LOSSES THAN WINS so uhhhh yeah, don’t get too excited philthy fans

  13. settle down eagles fans, the cowboys are playing horrible. no heart or direction just like the last few years. Green Bay or San Francisco are winning the NFC this year.

  14. imaduffer: Doesn’t matter if they played Miami, look what the Rams did to the Saints. What mattered is that they won. Let’s hope they keep the foot on the gas pedal.

  15. dbones750 says:
    Oct 31, 2011 12:16 AM
    GGGGG-Men!

    Pats can be beaten…18-1, Niners haven’t beaten anybody worth a damn yet, Vick may be on IR by the time Philly and the Giants face off. It’s the Packers and 2 faceoffs with Dallas I’m worried about.
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    You are a ret@rd or a troll or both.
    Who have the Gints beaten worth a damn? You have lost to the useless Seattle and Washington. You’ve beaten the awesome Miami, St Louis, Arizona (all loser teams).

    Niners have beaten a 4-3 Tampa, 6-2 Detroit, 5-2 Cincy, and 3-3 (at that time) Cleveland along with Philly.

    Check the strength of opposition for niners and giants and you’ll realize you are a clueless idiot.
    We’ll see your gints in SF.

  16. Hey Cryboy fans, how did you enjoy the beatdown? Told ya that Romo as an INT machine and most of the team is waaaay overrated.

    Must suck to be in Dallas this weekend what with Rangers biting the dust as well.

  17. dbones750 says: Oct 31, 2011 12:16 AM

    GGGGG-Men!

    Pats can be beaten…18-1, Niners haven’t beaten anybody worth a damn yet, Vick may be on IR by the time Philly and the Giants face off. It’s the Packers and 2 faceoffs with Dallas I’m worried about.

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    Says the guy who’s team got smoked by Seattle, had 2 fluke comeback wins and almost got buried by winless Miami today……… Yeah okay buddy. Hold on to your 1st place for 2 more weeks, because that will be the end of it… trust me. Oh and in case you haven’t noticed that 49ers team that hasn’t beaten anyone has had the strongest strength of schedule of anyone in the top 10 power rankings. Pitt #2, NE #3 GB #9 just sayin…

  18. bleedgreen4life says: Oct 31, 2011 12:22 AM

    Also not noted: Andy Reid was 2/2 on attempted challenges. Success.

    Seriously, how did this not make the list?!

    LeSean McCoy is just a beast, he is doing things that few other backs in the league can do, and is very exciting to watch.

    I thought they did very well against the run as well, but I think the cowboys should have used Murray more, he averaged about 8 yards a carry, I don’t understand.

  19. A really hurt cowboy fan here – This team has the talent to win it all but they don’t have any heart!

    I have seen it time and again in past decade that this is probably the softest team in professional sports.

    This team will never win anything without a leader. They obviously have good players like romo, ware, witten but unless they get that 1 guy on D and O that inspires the team and take control like ray lewis or urlacher manning or brady or even a guy like bruschi or dawkins or mayo… they will not win anything…

    oh.. did i mention how much their secondary sucks… for 10 years now!

  20. Hey Iggles Fans! Whaddaya get when you add iggles win’s AND losses?? The Packers’ WINS! G-O P-A-C-K!

  21. dbones750 says: Oct 31, 2011 12:16 AM

    GGGGG-Men!

    Pats can be beaten…18-1, Niners haven’t beaten anybody worth a damn yet, Vick may be on IR by the time Philly and the Giants face off. It’s the Packers and 2 faceoffs with Dallas I’m worried about.

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    SF wins against SEA (2-5), PHI (3-4) CIN (5-2), TB (4-3), DET (5-2), CLE (3-4) an overtime loss to Dallas…

    NY losses to WAS (3-4), SEA (2-5) both quite convincingly I may add. Wins STL (1-6), PHI (3-4) AZ (1-6) which was a lucky break at the end BUF (5-2) another luck out, and Miami (0-7) and yet again were in real danger of losing it.

    I think New York is certainly more questionable than SF at this point

  22. “Eagles right back in NFC East mix”

    That’s not saying a whole lot. Face it, NFC East sux. I know the national media likes to see them on prime time every week, but there are A LOT more competative teams/divisions out there…HELLO.

  23. Eagles fans need to remember that beating a truly atrocious team (regardless how “unbeatable” Dez Bryant thinks the Cowboys are) to return to a mediocre record is a far cry from showing how dominant you are. Buffalo shut out Washington and yet nobody seems to be suggesting that the Bills should be planning their parade route quite yet.

    Not to mention that Vick took a fair bit of abuse and got sacked 4 times by a very average defence (though, in fairness, a very talented DeMarcus Ware). If he keeps getting rocked this much, I’m not sure he’ll make it through the season healthy.

  24. dbones750 says:
    Oct 31, 2011 12:16 AM
    GGGGG-Men

    The Giants have had a cupcake schedule there first 5 games. There barley beat the worst team in the league today, should have lost to the Bills and lost to the horrible Hawks and Skins. The Giants r not for real and the rest of the season with games against real teams they’ll be exposed. They are a mediocre team. But be happy, cause after you flop down the stretch this season, you won’t have Moron Coghlin and the worst OC in the league Gilbrite anymore. The Chin will be roaming your sidelines. And just so you know, I’m not an Eagles or Cowboys fan. I bleed Silver and Black..

    Signed,
    The Truth

  25. I said in the beginning that the Eagles could be the team to watch during the second half of the season. I completely expected them to start out slow with all the changes combined with no offseason and a limited training camp. This may have been a fluke, or they may be starting to jell and if that’s the case, watch out.

  26. Mr wright212 aside from the eagles who have the giants beaten???? They lost to Seattle and Washington a combined 5-8. They’re victories come against teams that are a combined 8-12. Hardly impressive. The eagles have lost to teams that are a combined 17-8. Their wins come against teams that are combined 6-8 not so impressive either. But player for player position for position the eagles are deeper and better than the giants. Eli is having the best season of his career but New England San Fran Philly Green Bay New Orleans will bring him back down to earth.

  27. And Dallas fans hang their heads in shame yet again……at least Washington has a lower quality roster, Dallas has stars, and such a brave, courageous QB…..

  28. To soon to say wether or not they’re back in the mix, they gotta go get on a roll and what not, but there’s no doubt their madden rating probably jumped back up to 99 or something.

  29. and the Eagles fans are back out from under their rocks…three weeks ago they were screaming for Reid’s head and declaring the season over. That’s the way it is with Eagles fan the have two speeds, Super Bowl bound or disaster.

  30. ” and I doubt the Giants are going to lose six games the rest of the way.”

    after the way they struggled to beat the winless Dophins at home, I don’t.

  31. Eagles right back in NFC East mix
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    with a record of 3-4, nothing special.

    When Vick doesn’t turn the ball over, they win. His reckless style will rear its ugly head again.

  32. Vick vs. Roethlisberger in XLVI? The Commissioner’s Rehab and Redemption Bowl. I wonder how many fans would simply want both teams to lose?

  33. Aw, it’s only one win – and against a 3-3 Cowboys team, so it’s nothing to go crazy about. But it sure feals good for a Monday morning, don’t it?

  34. The Philadelphia Eagles are in second place in the NFC East, and no other team in the division is capable of winning a game like Sunday night’s 34-7 beatdown of the Cowboys.

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    Didn’t the Cowboys win a game 34-7 just last week?

  35. And Dallas fans hang their heads in shame yet again……at least Washington has a lower quality roster, Dallas has stars, and such a brave, courageous QB…..

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    Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t the Eagles 3-4, too?

  36. So we’re not firing Andy Reid this week? In the fans’ defense, he got a lot smarter in the past three weeks. It’s an amazing transformation for a guy his age.

  37. If your a giants fan coming on here to talk about the giants after an eagles big win, you got really nervous watching the eagles last night.

    And is your rational abou the Pats that their “beatable” when you almost lost to the Miami Dolphins? Is that a joke?

  38. wawa33 says:
    Oct 31, 2011 8:14 AM
    They are still 3-4 and the Giants ahve a 3 game lead because of their win.

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    Actually it’s more of a 2.5 lead because they play again. If the eagles and Giants win all their games between now and their next meeting and the eagles win the next meeting (i know, a big if) that lead goes from a 2.5 to a 1 game lead. Each divisional game is of the 1.5 value variety in value towards the division lead.

  39. I love how the Eagles win one home game and now we are just giving them two wins and the Giants two losses. Rosenthal, do you watch the NFL? Did the Rams beat the Saints yesterday? Did the Ravens almost lose at home to the Cardinals? In this league, you cannot assign wins or losses to anyone before the game is played, let alone 2 games. Your comments are a joke.

  40. rugdaniels says:
    and the Eagles fans are back out from under their rocks…three weeks ago they were screaming for Reid’s head and declaring the season over. That’s the way it is with Eagles fan the have two speeds, Super Bowl bound or disaster.

    vickspuppy says:
    Oct 31, 2011 12:10 AM
    Let the SB talk begin!! We looked great tonight and it’s only going to get better.

    Go EAGLES!!!
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    Perfect example of why the rest of us think Iggles fans are complete morons.

    They put together a great game last night; perfect balance of running/passing, Vick was very good passing, ran just a handful of times, and the defense held the opposing offense to just 7 points.

    Now we’re hearing talk of them challenging the Packers……. SERIOUSLY?????

    Iggles fan needs to realize that this was the pathetic, pop-gun Dallas Cowboys they man-handled last night, and that the Iggles are still just a 3-win team.

  41. janvanflac says:
    Oct 31, 2011 7:13 AM
    ” and I doubt the Giants are going to lose six games the rest of the way.”

    after the way they struggled to beat the winless Dophins at home, I don’t.

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    If I’ve said it once I’ve said it 500 times — THE GIANTS PLAY DOWN TO THE LEVEL OF THEIR COMPETITION. With only Washington remaining as a bad team on the sked, the lack of focus and taking halves of games off won’t happen. You will see the Giants’ best football from here on out.

    And enough about “who was on their schedule” BS. You play who you have. Ask the Saints about STRENGTH of schedule. Doesn’t matter how you do it, as long as you do it.

    At the end of the day, the Giants lost several of these types of games in years past. Eli is the 2nd best QB in the NFC and 4th best in the league and he’s making plays every week when the Giants need them.

    BOTTOM LINE.

  42. wawa33 says:
    Oct 31, 2011 8:14 AM
    They are still 3-4 and the Giants ahve a 3 game lead because of their win.

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    THANK YOU. Whew, I thought I was the only one who missed something. We have a game in the bag against them head to head AND a two game lead, and they’re “back in the mix”?

    What happened when they lost four straight games, all of which they, their fans and the slurping media/VEGAS were all basically counting as wins for them?

    People act like the Eagles are just going to run off 7 of 9 and the Giants (who have only really done it twice in a decade, but people act as if it is some annual ritual because they hate the Giants and NY in general) are going to fold.

    Saying “Who have the Giants played?” is tired and half-brained. Our best wins have been against the Bills and the (supposed) and suddenly “in the mix” Eagles.

    You can’t have it both ways. At some point you just have to give the Giants credit. PERIOD.

  43. warrenmoon says: Oct 31, 2011 12:15 AM

    Tom Brady after a loss means the Giants can just give up on any hopes of a superbowl like upset. The 49ers are a tough team so yeah 5-4 for the Giants could happen. But the Eagles still need to beat Chicago and Detroit to get there… and we will see about that
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    The Eagles don’t play Detroit, just Chicago.

  44. wawa33 says:
    Oct 31, 2011 8:14 AM
    They are still 3-4 and the Giants ahve a 3 game lead because of their win.

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    If the eagles beat the giants in their next match up, the eagles will have the tie breaker since the gaints lost to the redskins. I wouldn’t call it a 3 game lead just yet.

  45. Last I checked Philly has yet to beat anyone with a winning record. They barely beat that fading Washington team, helped by Grossman. Yet they’ve only scored 5 more points than the Giants this year.
    Heck they only have 3 winning teams left on their schedule and they’ve already lost to one of them this year.

  46. londonfletcher,

    Even great teams can have less than stellar games at exactly the wrong time. There’s the occasional lucky Hail Mary. Etc.

    Play the season. If the Packers win games 17 and 18, they’ll go back to Super Bowl.

  47. Memo to the Eagles after beating the Cowboys:

    1) Shut your mouth, and keep it shut
    2) Don’t read the papers, watch tv, or look at the internet
    3) Ignore the fans, and the haters
    4) Get to practice early
    5) Stay at practice late
    6) Prep for next week like the season depends on it, because it does…

    Why? Because any chance of going to the SB will require going thru Green Bay. And that’s some serious football…

  48. Dallas should change their name to the “Midnight Cowboys” because they spend so much time in the bathroom. Most of you probably won’t get this one

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    Sounds like projection. Or wishful thinking.

  49. Eagles are 2 games behind the Giants and they also have a trouble schedule coming up. 2 games is a lot of games to make up in the NFL. Giants will beat the Eagles again and they will beat the Pats. While the Eagles will have a huge let down when Forte and the Bears beat the Eagles. Go ahead give me tons of thumbs down but Eagles fans need to realize Giants are the better team this season.

  50. The Giants almost lost to the worst team in the NFL with a 100 % healthy defense. Eagles will win the division. Remember something else the Packers started off 1 -4 last year and won the SB.

  51. Yeah like the Giants beat the Eagles last year In the second game they played. Remember that when a 180 pound undersized WR beat out the entire Giants defense to cap off the best comback In a long time. Giants won’t even finish second In the division.

  52. Portlax12 obviously knows nothing about the Patriots. there is guy named Wes Welker who will have a 150 yard receiving day next week against the Giants. These people talk like the Giants have had a superb season. They almost lost to the winless Dolphins in their own stadium. Nobody on that team even wants to play there. Justin Tuck and Osi already have one foot out the door. Patriots 35 Giants 3 at halftime…

    The Giants secondary is in big trouble…

  53. Eagles got lucky last season with that last game. It took a miracle and a rookie punter that’s mot even in the league anymore to beat the Giants. Giants spanked on the Eagles and they weren’t even healthy. Yesterday was bye week rust. Giants never play good the first week after the bye. The players that are coming back need time to get back to football shape.

  54. The Eagles have as much talent as any team in the league and more talent then most of them. if we play our game we can beat anybody. fact!

    note: we lost two close games to the pack last year and we were playing with less talent on D in 2010. The Pack are no doubt the class of the league but I’m sure they would rather face the gents or the girls in the play offs then this Eagle team. we still have a LONG WAY TO GO! and we have to play our selves out of this hole. every week is a play off game but we have the talent to do it. Go Birds!

  55. Bigpara get your facts right we were 4 scores down and in less then 7 min we caught up stopped the giants from scoring and beat a 100% healthy giants team. Giants were the team that got spanked last year and Eagles will beat them just as bad the second game. Eagles finish first, Cowboys second, Giants third bank on It.

  56. the play on the field in recent weeks will tell you that the legitimate Giant fans are definitely concerned about the Eagles getting it together, they know over the last couple years the Eagles have been the better team. BUT the big mouth blowhards like (bigparra and that absolute liar east96th st.) will continue to spout off.

  57. This has been fun reading. Look, as a giants fan I am concerned, but gimmie a break. For any fan to be saying they are SB bound this early is either trolling for reactions or just started watching football yesterday. Have the Giants been playing great football…no, but a W is a W and whether you like it or not thats it. Giants never blow anyone out and probably never will, but rarely do they lay an egg like the cowgirls. Any team can win on any day which is why they PLAY the game. Just because the saints lost to the Rams yesterday do I consider the Saints a cake team not worthy of a playoff run…absolutely not. So saying the Giants “almost” lost to the Dolphins means nothing. The Eagles looked great yesterday and my hats off to them…should be a great game when they come to the meadowlands. Also, under what rock has the guy who said McCoy is underrated crawl out from?? Everyone all year has been saying McCoy is a stud even when the rest of the Eagles team couldnt pull their heads out.

  58. The gaints are a complete farce. They lost to Seattle at home and trail Miami, THE worst team in the NFL, deep into the second half before pulling off a three point win.

  59. jnks10 says: Oct 31, 2011 8:29 AM

    If your a giants fan coming on here to talk about the giants after an eagles big win, you got really nervous watching the eagles last night.

    And is your rational abou the Pats that their “beatable” when you almost lost to the Miami Dolphins? Is that a joke?
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    No one’s nervous about anything. It’s an NFC EAST POST, not EAGLES post.

  60. drexelvol says: Oct 31, 2011 1:36 PM

    The gaints are a complete farce. They lost to Seattle at home and trail Miami, THE worst team in the NFL, deep into the second half before pulling off a three point win.
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    Rams are worse and the Saints just got their balls beat off by them yesterday. What does that make THEM?

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