Pederson: “I Feel Like We can Peak at the Right Time”
Coming off back-to-back ugly offensive performances, the Philadelphia Eagles got the break they needed on Thanksgiving when the Buffalo Bills took care of the Dallas Cowboys. The loos for Dallas sends them to 6-6 on the season, while Philadelphia currently sits at 5-6 with the NFL's easiest remaining schedule upcoming.
The two teams face off in Philadelphia in Week 16 in a game that could decided the division.
Leading up to that showdown, the Eagles will face teams that currently have a combined six wins (Miami, New York, Washington), before they face Dallas. The hope inside the NovaCare Center is to finish the final five weeks of the season healthy and on a high note.
It all starts with a Week 13 tilt against the lowly Dolphins (2-9), this Sunday in Miami.
The Dolphins are in the middle of a season that most of their fans would like to forget, as "tanking for Tua" was how the season was dubbed by many. While they may have disappointed in that earning that goal by winning two games, injuries have crippled them and while they play hard for their coach, they simply lack NFL talent.
With the Cowboys loss, coupled with the Eagles getting back a good chunk of their injured players returning, Philadelphia will hope that's enough to head into the final five weeks of the season looking like a different team than the one we've seen the past two weeks. IN losses to New England and Seattle, the Eagles offense has scored just 19 points combined.
However, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson says he thinks change is coming.
"We do have some new faces on offense that are playing, some young players that are getting valuable experience, so for me that's the encouraging part," Pederson said.
"Now with hopefully getting some of our veteran players back on offense, I feel like we can peak at the right time. Listen, we're still in this thing, the season isn't over. Gosh, we have five games, a great opportunity in Miami this week. That gives you hope as you move forward."
Last week Philadelphia was without Lane Johnson, starting wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor, running back Jordan Howard and starting right guard Brandon Brooks had to leave the game early with anxiety issues. With that group of players back on the field, the team hopes it can generate some more offense, with their defense playing so well and find their way back intro the playoffs for the third straight season.