Eagles defense bounces back from year to forget

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- With a lineup featuring a Pro Bowl tailback, world class speed at receiver, the NFL's hottest tight end and Michael Vick under center, one would think the offense has carried the Eagles to a 2-0 start.

Not the case.

A refurbished, revitalized defense has led Philadelphia to its best start since the Super Bowl season of 2004. A year after some highly publicized defensive struggles, the Eagles, featuring six new starters and rookies in three key spots, rank No. 4 in the NFC in yards allowed and No. 2 with 33 points allowed.

Quite a turnaround. After all, last year, the Eagles ranked 22nd in points allowed, 29th in yards allowed and had just four wins 12 games into the season.

"There were a lot of changes," defensive end Jason Babin said. "And I think they were all for the good, as we can look at now."