The Philadelphia Eagles are only six games into Chip Kelly's first season. However, the Eagles are facing the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 20 in a game that could alter the entire year, if not the next few years. If Philadelphia can't win with Nick Foles, it will lose a shot at first place and will probably have to spend the season rebuilding after all. But if the Birds win, it might be the end of the Michael Vick era and the true beginning of the Kelly era.
A victory over the Cowboys would be the Eagles' first over a team that has more than one win. While Foles has been impressive over the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, none of those teams have won a single game. Although the Cowboys would slip to 3-4 with a loss, beating them would prove Foles is capable of winning a big game or two.
A victory would also put a halt to Philadelphia's quarterback debate, if it isn't over already. Vick may well be fully healthy next week, but there is no way he would start if Foles beats Dallas. At that point, the job would belong to Foles until he tanks or gets hurt -- otherwise, it would all but end Vick's tenure with the Eagles.
No one can say if Foles is the Eagles' true quarterback of the future yet. But if he gets to start the rest of the season, Kelly will have a much better idea. In the meantime, the Eagles could actually fight for the NFC East title -- and might just have a decent shot.
Beating the Cowboys would put the Eagles at 4-3 and in sole possession of first. With the Giants, Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings among their remaining opponents, the Eagles could conceivably be favored to get seven or eight wins at a minimum. Of course, a loss to the Cowboys could just as easily send them spiraling.
The direction of this entire season is on the line today, as well as the direction of the next few seasons at quarterback. Either way, nothing will be the same at Philadelphia after facing Dallas, although it may or may not be for the better in the short term.
The Eagles will seek their defining win and new direction starting at 1 p.m. est on FOX.