There’s a real buzz in Philadelphia right now. It’s December and the Eagles are playing in meaningful games. It feels like forever and I think we owe that to Andy Reid. During Reid’s tenure, the Eagles played a lot of meaningful games in December. He had a solid record in December and it led to a lot of playoff games. That’s enough about Big Red though.
Fast forward to the present. We’re in Chip Kelly’s first season and it’s been very exciting. The projected outcome wasn’t the playoffs, but a weak division has changed the expectations. With a one game lead in the NFC East and three games remaining, the Eagles control their own destiny to make their first run to the playoffs under coach Kelly.
Everyone has been looking ahead to the Week 17 matchup in Dallas. However, you have to take things one game at a time. With Chicago coming off a big win against Dallas and the Week 16 game being flexed to prime time, it’s hard to not look forward to that game as well. Again though, it’s one week at a time and the only team that should be on the Eagles’ radar right now is the Minnesota Vikings.
Although they’re not the best the NFC North has to offer, they’re not a team that can be overlooked. They enter Sunday’s contest with a record of 3-9-1, but the Vikings are coming off a near win against the Ravens. Additionally, three of their other losses have been by just four points or less. The scoreboard doesn’t lie but in the case of the Vikings, it may not be a completely accurate representation.
The Eagles are riding high right now, but they’re far from unstoppable. Does potentially facing the Vikings without running back Adrian Peterson help? Absolutely. At the same time, it doesn’t render them completely helpless.
There’s plenty of excitement going around on this young Eagles team. They’re feeling good about where they are, but they can’t look too far ahead. They’ve approached each game with a high level of focus and that focus needs to be solely on the Vikings come Sunday. Thinking they can come in and simply dominate a lowly Vikings team without much effort is a recipe for disaster.
The Eagles are walking into a classic trap game situation and they can’t afford to fall victim. They control their own destiny to the playoffs, and that destiny needs to continue with a win against Minnesota on Sunday.