The Philadelphia Eagles are one of just three NFL teams with four wins this season, and yet, it seems they’re not getting the respect they deserve.
On the one hand, they’ve scored 30+ points in all four of their wins; on the other hand, they’ve won three of those four games by six points or fewer and have relied heavily on big plays from their defense and special teams.
But in the NFL, you’ll take wins however you can get them.
“Absolutely,” Eagles safety Chris Maragos said on The MoJo Show. “This league, there’s so much talent. The talent levels on each team, they’re so close. Every team, really, in this league could say, ‘Hey, we could either be 0-5 or 5-0 right now.’ And so, you win those close ones. You battle, you work hard to take care of the details and win them at the end.”
And the defense plays a big part in that – even though Chip Kelly and the Eagles are known for their offensive prowess.
“I think for us, we just try to do our jobs,” Maragos said of the defense. “We go out there, we try to execute, our coaches have put us in really good positions to make plays and we got really talented guys that really care about it. Fortunately, we’ve been able to help our team win, and it’s given us a great boost here.”
Philadelphia isn’t the only NFC East team that can say that. In fact, Dallas (4-1) has won four straight and the Giants (3-2) have won three straight, as a division that many thought would be one of the worst in football has actually been one of the best.
“That’s the thing about the NFL,” Maragos said. “It goes back to the talent levels (being) so close. So every given year, key acquisitions or guys that are healthy or whatever it might be – a ball bouncing your way – you see two things swing really quickly. The thing about this league, it’s any given Sunday. You got to go out there, you got to perform to your best every week. It doesn’t matter how good you are. You could be embarrassed by anybody in this league. I think guys on our team really understand that.”
Maragos, a Wisconsin product, went undrafted in 2010. He played for San Francisco that season and then played for Seattle from 2011 to 2013 – meaning he was on the Seahawks’ Super Bowl team.
Maragos said he sees some similarities between last year’s Seahawks team and this year’s Eagles squad.
“Guys are really hungry, they’re really aggressive in terms of their style of play and just their mentality,” Maragos said. “We really have a lot to be excited about here. Obviously the Seahawks are a tremendous team, too. It’s going to be a battle in the NFC. We’re really looking forward to just hopefully stringing some games along here to be in the position that we want to be in at the end of the year.”