With a win over the New York Giants and a Dallas Cowboys loss to Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, the Eagles would take over first place in the NFC East.
Shocking right? Especially with how bad the defense is playing.
Just how bad is the Eagles' defense? Peyton Manning completed 82% of his passes and he had 34 passing attempts last Sunday. The Broncos went 5-for-8 on third down but the defense did not even force a third-down on the final four touchdown drives. The Broncos' last four touchdown drives consisted of 12 second down conversions and resulted in 28 points.
It is scary to look at the Eagles defense as a fan and think about what kind of damage opposing quarterbacks can do to them. During their three game losing streak, Philip Rivers (SD), Alex Smith (KC) and Peyton Manning (Den) have gone 86-for-116 (74.1%) with seven passing touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Eagles have allowed a total of 1,787 yards of total offense this year with only five takeaways. That is the most total yards through four games in franchise history and tied for seventh worst in NFL history and they have the fewest number of takeaways in the top-9.
Defensive coordinator Billy Davis told Ed Kracz of Philly Burbs that the problem with the defense is the lack of turnovers saying the Eagles "need to be a turnover team." Davis also said that "the turnovers are not high enough. We've got to work on that."
Hopefully they put in the work this week preparing for their division rivals because a lot more than pride is on the line this afternoon. An improbable shot at the division lead hangs in the balance. Kickoff for the Eagles - Giants is slated for 1:00 pm at the Meadowlands.
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