DeMarco Ramsey has made a strong case for being named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year after rushing for 1,089 yards and six touchdowns in the Eagles’ 23-17 victory over the Cowboys on Sunday.
The Eagles are now 1-1 and are already ahead of the Vikings for the second wild card in the NFC East.
The Vikings have lost their last three games.
Ramsey said he was “absolutely” on the verge of earning a spot in the Pro Bowl after leading the league with 1,000 yards rushing.
“It’s all about timing,” Ramsey said.
“I just have to be patient and continue to keep pushing to be better and more efficient.
That’s what I’ve always been about, getting the ball to my teammates.
And hopefully that’ll happen with the Pro-Bowl this year.”
Ramsey’s performance in a game where the Eagles played without starting running back Darren Sproles was not a fluke.
He had a career-high 673 rushing yards against the Cowboys and finished with 9.3 yards per carry.
The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder also scored two touchdowns.
Brent Celek was also a bright spot for the Eagles, finishing with seven catches for 77 yards.
But the third-year pro did not play a snap in the game and is expected to miss the rest of the season with a torn Achilles tendon.
The injury will force Celek to be placed on injured reserve.
This was a big win for Philly, who had a 3-9 start to the season and now have a four-game winning streak in which they have outscored opponents by a combined score of 44-16.
They have won their past two games after losing at the Minnesota Vikings by 24 points in Week 1.
Injuries have been a factor for the offense, but the Eagles did have a few key players who could have a bigger impact in the second half of the year.
Rookie cornerback Nolan Carroll was active after missing the previous three games with a hamstring injury and has a chance to play a bigger role.
The Eagles have been using Carroll at cornerback in the nickel package, which gives the Eagles the option of playing two safeties.
Carroll has been a standout on special teams, intercepting two passes.
And tight end Zach Ertz is expected back in time for training camp.
Rookie safety DeMeco Ryans was a steady force in the secondary, with two interceptions and a fumble recovery.
He is expected for the season opener on Sept. 1 against the Carolina Panthers.
It will be interesting to see how the Eagles develop their pass rush, with veteran Jason Pierre-Paul returning for the first time since breaking his hand Oct. 8 against the Dallas Cowboys.