Thank you Detroit Lions for laying another egg against the Ravens. Now the Chicago Bears have the chance to win the next two games on their schedule and clinch the NFC North title. I really thought the season was over for the Bears when they lost to the Vikings 3 weeks ago. As Phil Emery told Brandon Marshall after the Vikings loss, “We’ve still got a chance.”
This week we contacted Todd Duvall from Inside the Iggles and asked him 5 Questions about the match up between the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles.
uDec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; The Philadelphia Eagles defense looks on during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Eagles 48-30. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Do Eagles fans like what Chip Kelly has accomplished so far this year?
Nov 3, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly during the game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. The Eagles defeated the Raiders 49-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
"You bet. I think he was received with mixed emotions when he was hired. There was a period of time where he was going to come then he backed out, then suddenly he accepted the job. I believe the fans would have welcomed anyone to help erase the memory of last season’s 4-12 record. However, Kelly has done more than that. Not only has he led the Eagles to the doorstep of the NFC East Championship in his first season, he has brought hope to the team, the city and the fans. Hope not only for this year but for years to come."
Did anyone in Philly expect Nick Foles to be the starter and to be playing this good?
Dec 8, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) passes the ball as Detroit Lions safety Glover Quin (27) pressures during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Lions 34-20. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
"Yes and no. Yes, because once Chip Kelly named Michael Vick as the starter it was widely known that Vick rarely plays all 16 games without getting hurt. So in that sense, most fans thought that Foles would get a few starts. And no, because Foles hadn’t shown any kind of promise the previous year or in the pre-season this year. In fact, during the last pre-season game this year against the New York Jets he was 6 for 17. Pretty anemic even for pre-season standards. No way anyone could have predicted Foles would be he quarterback he is."
What happened to the Eagles Defense against the Vikings?
Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings (15) is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles safety Patrick Chung (23) during the fourth quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Eagles 48-30. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
"Regardless of what Kelly or any player says I believe the Eagles’ defense underestimated the Vikings on all phases of their offense. I believe they were getting cocky because all the news about them to that point was positive and it went to their heads. It happens to any team from time to time unfortunately. That alone does not concern me. However, what is a concern is it seems Kelly panicked when they got behind early. They stopped giving the ball to the Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy. Kelly did not adjust to the Vikings offensive attack until it was too late to stage a winning come back."