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They're for real: Eagles erase all doubt with win at Panthers

From ESPN - October 12, 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Philadelphia Eagles' legitimacy as contenders was in question thanks to the quality of their opponents over the first quarter-plus of the season.

They had won four of their first five games heading into Thursday night. But three of those victories came against the New York Giants, Los Angeles Chargers and Arizona Cardinals, who have a combined record of 3-12.

The Eagles should be questioned no more after going on the road to beat the Carolina Panthers 28-23 on short rest Thursday night to become the first team in the NFC to five wins.

Idle until Monday, Oct. 23, when Philadelphia hosts the Washington Redskins, the Eagles get to kick back for the weekend and enjoy their view from the top while the rest of the conference works to catch up.

The Eagles previous four victories came against teams that are a combined 5-14, none of which currently has a winning record. The 5-0 Kansas City Chiefs beat the Eagles. On Thursday, the Eagles erased doubts they may be a product of a favorable schedule with a gutty performance against a physical, first-place Panthers team coming off wins over the New England Patriots and Detroit Lions.

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