Expectations suddenly raised high for Eagles
By Rob Maaddi/AP

For a team that was supposed to be rebuilding this season, the Philadelphia Eagles have raised expectations.

A three-game winning streak that vaulted the Eagles (6-5) into first place in the NFC East at their bye has everyone thinking playoffs in Philadelphia. Fans now expect the team to complete their worst-to-first journey, win the division title and already are looking ahead to first-round opponents.

Not so fast.

"Just because we're in first place right now doesn't mean that we're automatically in the playoffs," linebacker DeMeco Ryans said. "We still have a lot of work to do and we're not going to let that allow us to relax as a team. If anything, we are just going to push to get better."

The Eagles return from their bye with consecutive home games.



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