Good morning, Eagles fans. The Eagles improved to 10-1 with a 31-3 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday, and they might win the NFC East before they play again. (If Dallas loses Thursday night, the Eagles will be division champs.)
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— Zach Berman
Zach Berman: It's the fourth straight win by more than 20 points. How do you explain this week-to-week dominance?
Fletcher Cox: "Just playing together, all three units. Special teams, offense, and defense. We're sticking together and know nobody is going to come in here and lay down and give us a win. We have to continue to build on things we do during the week and take it out on Sunday."
Zach Berman: What did you do to stop their running game?
Fletcher Cox: "We knew last week we had some leakage in the running game, and we wanted to get it fixed. We were all mad that we had a running back even close to 100 yards. We were all upset about it. We knew what we had to do to fix that. That's to come out this week and do what we do best — be aggressive in the run game and get after the quarterback on the third down."
Zach Berman: Do you think the next two games will show where you guys are in the NFC?
Fletcher Cox: "Yeah, we have to go out and stay focused, stay hungry, and live in the moment — like we've been doing week in and week out."
Not necessarily. You play who's on your schedule, and I think the Eagles are a good team regardless of the strength of schedule. But the next two weeks will certainly be a test. We'll know more about the Eagles after road games in Seattle and Los Angeles. Frankly, if you should be worried about anything, it's not the quality of teams they've played — it's the quality of quarterbacks. I'm fascinated to see how Russell Wilson does against the Eagles. Other than Cam Newton and Kirk Cousins, the Eagles have seen a lot of mediocre/poor quarterbacks. Most of the teams in the playoffs have dangerous quarterbacks.
I don't think the "starter" matters much, but the amount of carries do. And the Eagles have gone with LeGarrette Blount more than Jay Ajayi the last two games. Blount had 15 carries on Sunday, and Ajayi had five. The explanation last week was that the Eagles were playing an up-tempo offense and didn't substitute as much. I asked Doug Pederson why Blount was his running back of choice on Sunday. Here's what he said: "A lot of it came down to the style of defense the Bears ran this afternoon. They got into a little bit of a five-man front with a five-down, really a sixth guy being the linebacker. We had several run schemes again in the game plan like we normally do, and the ones [we used] were a little more conducive for him to run sort of downhill at them and attack them that way, so he was obviously the back of choice."