— Story by Brian McLaughlin (@B_McGLOCK)
On Sunday, the Eagles made a huge statement and put the NFL on notice. They entered the bye week with a 3-0 record, something that no one saw coming. This past month has been a complete and utter whirlwind for this franchise. All summer long, it seemed as if this season would be a throw away and would be a very small (and boring) first step toward the future. What a difference a month makes. They trade Bradford, give Wentz the keys to the franchise, and are 3-0, capped off by an absolute mugging of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Things have been happening so quickly for this team that it is almost tough to catch your breath.
I wrote last week about the fact that Pittsburgh may come into the link on Sunday a bit overconfident. The Steelers had been hearing about how great they were for over a month. They were number 1 on the NFL.com Power Rankings, players were talking about the Super Bowl, and they were a 3.5 point favorites. All of that resulted in a very humbling experience for black and yellow on Sunday evening. Now the Eagles have gone from a team that “just beat the Browns and Bears”, to a team that is on the radar of every other team in the NFL. This week the Eagles, both locally and nationally, will hear about how good they are. They will surely move up in the various power rankings, Carson Wentz will be compared to the Peyton Manning’s of the world, and the defense will be praised for their hot start. All of that is well deserved, but when people start saying how great you are, like Pittsburgh found out Sunday, is when you get beat.
The NFL schedule makers have done the Eagles a solid with this bye week. It could not be a better time for this team to take a break and get away. I would bet that if the Eagles were playing this week, they would get beat. They now have an opportunity to get refocused and back to what they have been doing so well this season. It’s a legit 3-0 and they have earned all the praise that they will get this week. Doug Pederson will need to keep this team grounded and focused on next test, a big conference game in Detroit on October 9th.