— Now everybody wants to know more about the Philadelphia Eagles.
At least that's NBC's assessment. The network is banking on it, actually, after following up the decision to make last Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears its own with a repeat request that will have the franchise playing two straight Sunday night games for the first time.
That's what an innovative new coach, 6,310 yards of offense, eight games of 30 or more points, a second-year player who has risen from obscurity to become the top-ranked quarterback in the NFL and the league's leading rusher will do to people.
Even though the Eagles knew by the start of Sunday's eventual 54-11 demolition of the Bears that the outcome would not affect the race for the NFC East title they're locked in with the Dallas Cowboys, they came out with more fire than ever — enough to persuade the powers that be at NBC to pounce on the season-ending clash between the Eagles and Cowboys. The winner will move on to the playoffs as the division champ and the loser will go home. The Eagles also would prevail if there's a tie.
Not bad for a team that started as not-ready-for-prime-time-players.
Actually, their season opener at Washington was featured on "Monday Night Football," and they played a Week 3 game against Kansas City on a Thursday night. But they hadn't even been a blip on the radar of the league's centerpiece game, which is now played on Sunday night each week, until recently.
Now they're all the rage.
Winners of six of their last seven games, the Eagles never lost control of their playoff fate. In the meantime, they began rolling up some mind-boggling numbers since turning the offense over to 24-year-old quarterback Nick Foles.
The doe-eyed youngster originally was an injury replacement for Michael Vick. He since has become the poster child for a new generation of offense being drawn up by a mad scientist who had not spent one minute in the NFL before being entrusted to follow the most successful coach in franchise history.
But Chip Kelly has the establishment trying to catch up to him, rather than the other way around, as his offense has exploded for 118 points in the last three weeks alone.
The Eagles lead the NFL in yards per play (6.4) and are second to the Denver Broncos in yards per game (420.5) and points per game (27.9).
LeSean McCoy leads the league in rushing, with 1,476 yards, and Foles leads all starting QBs with a 118.7 passer rating, thanks in large part to a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 25-2.
On defense, end-turned-linebacker Trent Cole has been restored to the pass-rush terror he once was, collecting three more sacks on Sunday night to run his team-high total to 8.0.
On top of all that, they put together an NFL-best streak of nine games in which they limited opponents to 21 points or fewer. And after that was broken in a 48-30 loss at Minnesota on Dec. 15, they came back and limited the league's third-ranked scoring offense, Chicago's, to 11 points with perhaps their best defensive game.
Defensive coordinator Billy Davis had promised things would straighten out after a 52-20 loss at Denver, but few outside the NovaCare Complex believed he could deliver.
He did better than that.
Then Kelly on Sunday night likely endeared himself to the remainder of the fan base that hadn't been swayed already when he promised there'd be no way he would consider backing off against the Bears with lesser front-line players, just because they didn't need to win the game.
"We're from Philadelphia and we fight," Kelly said. "That's it. If there's a game on, we're playing, end of the story."
They remain far from perfect and maddeningly inconsistent, most recently following up an epic failure at Minnesota with a lopsided win over a much better team in the Bears.
They have confounded everyone by the way they vary from week to week.
But one element of consistency they have found is offensive productivity, which is why they're such media darlings all of a sudden.
Considering they were 1-3 earlier in the season and 3-5 midway through, they appeared headed for a long offseason.
"We have grown together," Foles said. "When you have a new coaching staff and new players, you are going to grow and have growing pains. You are going to have good moments and you are going to have bad moments. The key to them is how you are going to respond to each moment. When the good moments happen, are you going to get too high and then get smacked down, or are you going to stay steady?
"I think the team and the coaching staff have done a great job of keeping us even-keel. They do not slack off. We know we are going to work hard every week. We know what our preparations are going to be like. It is not going to change. [The coaches] demand the same amount every week win or lose. We have to keep it the same, keep pushing and keep getting it together. [Philadelphia] is a great place to play and I am honored to be a Philadelphia Eagle."
Kelly and Foles have helped create a monster that now everyone wants to check out and opposing coaches need to figure out before it's too late.