When the Eagles come to Philly, they’re the Eagles’ best chance to keep Chip Kelly
By Alex Flanagan The Philadelphia Eagles are one of the most talented and consistent teams in the NFL.
They’ve won four consecutive division titles and five straight Super Bowls, including two in a row since 2009.
They’re the reigning NFC East champions, and their best chance for a division title since 2011 is this weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
They have two games against the defending Super Bowl champions (Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints) and the Philadelphia Eagles’ biggest threat comes from the division rival Carolina Panthers.
If the Eagles win out in Week 7, they’ll be the only team in the league with a better winning percentage against the Panthers.
But if they lose out, the Eagles will finish the regular season at 8-5, and will have a better shot at making the playoffs.
How good is the Panthers’ offense?
The Panthers have been an elite offense the past three seasons, scoring 6,500 points in their last seven.
Cam Newton’s average yardage per play is over 2,000 yards, which is second only to the San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick’s mark of 2,971 yards per game.
They rank third in total offense (8,534) and second in yards per play (7.54).
Their rushing attack is second in the NFC behind the Carolina Panthers, and they’re fourth in yards after contact (16.6) and first in sacks (6.0).
Their defense is second to none.
They allow a league-low 21.9 points per game, and only the Seattle Seahawks are allowing fewer than 18.5 per game over the past four seasons.
That makes them an elite offensive unit.
The Panthers’ offensive line is ranked fifth in the National Football League.
They allowed a league worst 28 sacks last season, and the Panthers have allowed an average of just 1.8 sacks per game in each of the past two seasons.
They also rank fifth in yards allowed per game allowed (239.2), and ninth in rushing yards allowed (2,895).
It’s a tough matchup, but the Panthers should be able to hold on to a win against the Eagles.
What’s next for the Eagles?
The Philadelphia Flyers play the Minnesota Wild on Friday night at Wells Fargo Center.
They’ll be in a battle with the New York Rangers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division.
The Flyers are tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the worst record in the Eastern Conference, and have been one of three teams in playoff contention since the start of last season.
The Penguins are coming off a win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night, and it’ll be a test for Philadelphia’s young defense.
The Philadelphia Senators will play the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday at the Air Canada Centre.
The Leafs are in a three-way tie for the last wild card spot in their division, and that could mean that they’ll play the Flyers and Senators again in the playoffs if the Flyers win out.
What do you think?
Do the Philadelphia Flyers have a chance to win the division?
Would you bet against the Philadelphia Phillies or the Minnesota Twins to win it?