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Harmonious Eagles charge to top of NFL standings

PHILADELPHIA — When the Eagles hit the halfway point of their season Sunday with a game against the winless San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia will have a chance to match its win total from last year — seven.

At 6-1 following a 34-24 victory over the Washington Redskins on Monday night at Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles now own the best record in the National Football League. It is quite a jump from last season’s 7-9 mark.
“We’re not focused on that,” Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said.

“We’re trying to win one game at a time. Last year, we were 4-2 and only won three games after that. The way the momentum swings in this league, it’s too hard to look past anybody. The good thing about it is, because we’ve taken this week-to-week approach, we’ve stacked up a lot of wins.”

That stack is up to five in a row despite a litany of injuries, including a potential setback if left tackle Jason Peters is lost for a while.

Peters was carted off in the third quarter due to a leg injury, and he didn’t return.
“We’ve continued to face adversity, injuries and all kinds of setbacks, but we’ve been plugging guys in and moving on,” Jenkins said.

“We’ve got plenty of things to work on, plenty of guys to get ready to play and plenty of things to keep us grounded and humble. We’ll focus on that.”

It has been a true team effort on both sides of the ball. Four players caught one touchdown pass apiece from Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz on Monday.

“It feels great,” said wide receiver Nelson Agholor, who was referring to the 6-1 record. “The best part about it is how you get to that point. You go into each week, you work hard, you buy into what your coaches are telling you, you get coached up and then you just work really hard with the guys that you really like a lot and then you come out here and have fun.”

No matter who is available, the Eagles continue to compete without losing much momentum. That has been a common ongoing theme all season. When Peters left, the Eagles didn’t seem fazed at all.

“This team feels very different from years past,” Philadelphia linebacker Brandon Graham said. “It starts in practice. I think in practice we do not have to get many guys going. Everybody is excited. Well, I am not going to say excited, but when it is time to work, it is time to work. We bring the energy every day, and we have good personalities on the team that fit together.