3-4-1 EAGLES AT BYE BREAK: WFT IS REAL RIVAL FOR NFC EAST TITLE!

By Michael Strong

After losing their season opener in Washington, the Eagles reached the midpoint with a losing record and a spot in first place.

They won two straight games entering a bye to take control of the weakest division in the NFL.

They struggled to earn both victories over the Giants (1-7) and Cowboys (2-6), but they have reasons for optimism.

“We understand we have to get better,” coach Doug Pederson said. “But there’s a lot of positives that we see as coaches on the inside that give us the encouragement and the opportunity to get better as a team.”

First, the Eagles have played better after going winless in September. They are 3-2 in the last five, starting with an impressive victory at San Francisco. The offense scored 57 points in the two losses against Pittsburgh (7-0) and Baltimore (5-2), with the outcome decided late in both games.

And strangely enough rhew woebegone Washington Football Team is 2-5 and in second place in the NFC East.

Their rematch at the Linc on January 3 may decide the division title and a chance at the playoffs.

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