Philadelphia Eagles: Mark Sanchez helped secure a W, what a world

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While he hasn’t donned a midnight green jersey since 2015, Mark Sanchez, of all people, found a way to help the Philadelphia Eagles win on MNF.

Mark Sanchez is somehow still in the NFL.

Yes that Mark Sanchez, the same buttfumbling, pick tossing ex-USC Trojan who spent the better part of two seasons as Chip Kelly‘s semi-regular starting quarterback is still earning snaps and a paycheck from a professional football team, and on the first Monday Night Football game in the month of December, he helped the Philadelphia Eagles secure a win to return them to .500.

And the best part? He did so while playing for the other team — Classic Sanchez.

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Though many let out a sigh of relief when news broke that the Birds would have to face off against career backup Colt McCoy in their pivotal Week 13 bout against Washington, when he went down with a season-ending leg injury in the first half, it opened the door for what could only be diagnosed as a serious tip of the cap from the football gods; Jim Schwartz’s crew got almost three-quarters of vintage Sanchez in front of their home crowd.

The results? A 28-13 win. Boy, you’ve got to love seeing number 6 on the other side of the field.

And the best part? The game wasn’t even as close as it looked in the stats sheet.

If it wasn’t for a miraculous 90-yard run by the ageless wonder Adrian Peterson, the first 90-plus run against the Eagles in franchise history, we’d be looking at a 28-6 win in what could easily be classified as the team’s signature win of the 2018 season.

For a team like the Eagles, who’ve been playing a particularly distasteful brand of heartless football over the last two months, this was the perfect opponent to re-announce their presence to a national audience and let the world know they aren’t done fighting yet.

Now granted, things are going to get a whole lot harder next week when the Birds take their talents on the road to face off against the Dallas Cowboys, in a game that could tie things up at 7-6 atop the NFC East, but much like Dak Prescott and company, Philly will be riding a winning streak into the ‘House that Jerry built’ in-route to the must-watch game of the week.

Even after the Cowboys defeated the New Orleans Saints in one of the more surprising upsets of the season, it seems like the Birds really could march into the Lone Star State and find a way to win on the road.

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Will the team have to clean up their propensity for making mental errors if they’re going to make it back to the postseason? Oh, without a doubt, but after looking like a team without a pulse for much of October and November, it’s nice to see that the Philadelphia Eagles still have a little fight left in them, even if they had the luxury of facing off against Mark Sanchez under the national spotlight.