3 positive takeaways from the Philadelphia Eagles’ Week 16 win

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Don’t look now, but the Philadelphia Eagles are streaking.

That’s right, after a less than ideal first half of the season, the Eagles have won five of their last seven games, including three straight wins, and have a 60 percent chance of making the playoffs, according to FiveThirtyEight.

If the Eagles can take down Washington for their second game in 13 days, they can effectively punch their ticket to the postseason, and even if they don’t, they could still make it to the Wildcard round, depending on how the teams around them play over the final two weeks of the season.

Surely after a season filled with some ups and more than a few downs, the Philadelphia Eagles are in a pretty good position to succeed moving forward, especially after turning in a very intriguing showing versus the New York Giants in Week 16. These three bright spots, in particular, should help to ease the troubled minds of more than a few Philly fans.

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Alex Singleton continues to play well in place of Davion Taylor.

When Davion Taylor went down with a knee injury in Week 11, it felt like a massive bummer.

After taking a little longer than most hoped to see the field following his selection in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft, Taylor’s athletic gifts largely overshadowed his lack of on-field experience and basically looked like a player worthy of long-term consideration at the weakside linebacker position.

Was he perfect? Hardly, Taylor still found himself in the wrong position from time to time and may have even cost the team a win over the Chargers as a result, but his speed, agility, and ability to knock the ball out of opposing players’ hands helped to offset those occasional blunders.

With Taylor gone, the Eagles turned back to Alex Singleton, who initially started for the team at weakside linebacker before having his role reduced to make way for the second-year pro. While he too has exhibited some mistakes, Singleton has looked a good bit better in this second go-around on the starting lineup, forcing a fumble in Week 15 and following it up with a pick-six off of Mike Glennon in Week 16.

If Davion Taylor can return in time for Week 17 or 18, the Philadelphia Eagles will have a deep rotation of options at linebacker. If not. Alex Singleton should be able to hold up just fine.