Well, the Eagles’ do-you-believe-in-miracles? 35-28 shockeroo over the Patriots in Foxboro Sunday should temporarily stop the bleating and blathering in the Delaware Valley and beyond.
Now everybody is gleefully assessing Philadelphia’s chances of winning the NFC Least.
But let’s not carried away.
The NFL is a week-to-week league. Unlike literature or play scripts, there is little foreshadowing.
Maybe the Birds aren’t buckling under the weight of Chip Kelly’s enormous ego. But maybe they are. They once again could play bewildered and beleaguered in their next game with the Bills and Shady McCoy.
There are no absolutes in the NFL.
Sunday was no proof that the Eagles, much like Humpty Dumpty, have put all their fallen pieces back together.
The game was astounding but sort of a fluke. How often does a team score three non-offensive touchdowns in a game? Don’t hold your breath until the next time the Birds pull off that trifecta.
Of course, the Eagles did just that against New England on a 24-yard return of a blocked punt by Najee Goode, a 99-yard interception return by safety Malcolm Jenkins, and an 83-yard Darren Sproles punt return touchdown.
Those scores, along with two touchdown passes by Sam Bradford, enabled the Eagles to springboard from a 14-0 deficit in the second quarter.
Watching them reel off five straight touchdowns was amazing, considering that after they had fallen into that 14-0 hole Sunday they had been outscored 104–31 in their past two-plus games.
The sheer unpredictably of sports is why we watch them. Which is why I’m sure you’ll stay tuned.