ESP: 'Eagles' bar for success has become so high, but all they do is win'


The Philadelphia Eagles are 2-0, but it has not been perfect and some fans and local media seem a bit concerned.

Eliot Shorr-Parks is not one of them.

"When did scoring 34 points, being up 20, creating four turnovers, having 175 yards from one of your rushers, Jalen has three total touchdowns—when did that not become a great performance?" ESP said on Friday's 94WIP Midday Show with Joe Giglio, filling in for Hugh Douglas. "What's the bar then? Do they have to win 40-0 like the Cowboys did this past weekend? Their bar for success has become so high that they're 2-0 on a short week with that performance and people are still concerned—and they're not completely wrong, but I think it's important on this beautiful Friday in Philadelphia to take a step back and realize what we're witnessing with this team. We haven't seen the Eagles win at a clip like this since I was like 12, in the early 2000's. This is like the Andy and Donovan era that we've talked about for so long. All they do is win, every week. Rain, road game, whatever the circumstance is. Short week, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, they win. They win. And I think that's extremely impressive and shouldn't be overlooked.

The Eagles are becoming their own victim of their own success in a way. They're 2-0. They had two games in five days, two new coordinators, one on the road, a short week versus a desperate Vikings team and they beat them both and they didn't play their best football. So, I left the Linc last night feeling very encouraged about where the Eagles are and feeling like this season got back on track after that disgusting win in Week 1."

Jalen Hurts is 19-1 in his last 20 starts and the Eagles are 22-3 in their last 25 games with Hurts and Nick Sirianni.

"Here's why I feel better about last night than Week 1—they found something on offense that worked," Giglio agreed. "I like the way they adjusted because clearly the passing game struggled early. And some point they realized they can't stop our run game and they just kept doing it.

"They haven't played a complete game or their best game yet...yet they are 2-0. In the first game they had a 16 point lead at one point. In the second game, they had a 20 point lead...I feel good about the win really because I think they can be better. It is not easy to win in the NFL when you don't play your best football and I don't think they played two bad teams...These are not top-10 pick teams. I don't think they'e five or six win teams. I think Minnesota and New England, if they try, will win eight or nine games each."

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