Former Saint Malcolm Jenkins has inspired the evolving Eagles’ secondary.

By Annie Ross

How good was the Eagles defense in yesterday’s 39-17 beatdown of the Saints?

If Drew Brees didn’t throw a touchdown pass against the second-string defense as time expired, the Eagles would have held a future Hall of Fame quarterback to 10 points.

The Saints managed only 10 points while this was still a game. By comparison, Brees was sacked five times and the New Orleans offense committed four turnovers. The only reason they were in this game at all is because the Eagles let them hang around.

This is becoming par for the course. Since the first half of the first game of the season, the Eagles defense has been responsible for just eight touchdowns and seven field goals—77 points—over 18 quarters of football. That’s 4.3 points per quarter, or just north of 17 per game.

Not only are the Eagles tremendous at keeping opponents off the board, but it’s an opportunistic defense as well. Thirteen turnovers created in 2015 ties the unit for second in the NFL. They won’t just stop you, they’ll take the ball away, too, if the offense isn’t careful.

This is not by accident. The organization has invested a lot in upgrading the unit. This has been one of the better front sevens in the league for years. Now that the secondary is starting to catch up, Philly’s defense is flat-out dangerous.

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