At 7-2 and atop the NFC East, the Eagles are off to their best start in a decade via the league's best special teams unit, a steadily improving defense and mediocre quarterback play.
The two return touchdowns by Philadelphia's defense and special teams gave them nine for the season -- more than double every other team in the league. Led by Connor Barwin's 10.5 sacks in the last six games, the pass rush has been swarming for the better part of the past month.
With no dominant superpower looming as a final NFC boss, this team can go as far as their quarterbacks take them.
The weaknesses that haunted Sanchez in the Big Apple are mitigated in Kelly's system.
He never boasted the strongest arm, couldn't squeeze throws into tight windows, struggled to read defenses, couldn't carry an offense on his back and didn't fully process Brian Schottenheimer's esoteric game plans.
Kelly's system protects the passer, limits the playbook, defines clear reads, spreads the field, provides free-roaming receivers, forces the defense to declare its intentions and allows Sanchez to settle into a groove by stacking completions on top of completions.
It's the perfect storm for a Sanchez career resurrection over the next two months, which bodes well for a team riding the coattails of its defense and special teams for the first two months.