Happy Monday, all. If you went to sleep at halftime, you're waking up to a pleasant surpriseand maybe need to have a little faith! I'm expecting to see a lot of midnight green and smiling faces on this sunny (and chilly) day after last night's Eagles win.

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» READ MORE: Eagles beat the Cowboys to go 9-1

Whew, what a night. Hot off a bye week, the Eagles outscored the Cowboys 37-9 last night in Arlington, Texas, earning the Birds a 9-1 record. Now they're 4-0 in the division and in the driver's seat to be the NFC's top team.

Though the first half was full of missed opportunities to capitalize on Dallas' mistakes, everything started working for the Eagles after halftime. Quarterback Carson Wentz found his groove, outplaying the Cowboys' Dak Prescott. Rookie defensive end Derek Barnett proved his worth. Jay Ajayi helped reverse Dallas' early ground advantage with a career-long run. Sadly Eagles kicker Jake Elliott was taken out of the game following a concussion, but linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill stepped in to kick off.

Epic Dallas rivalry aside, the Birds showed their true potential last night. Columnist Mike Sielski thinks it's ok to start rolling those Super Bowl meatballs. Whether you want to get your hopes up or not, it's sure a great morning to be an Eagles fan.

» READ MORE: Philly transit riders may get a union

Lay down your tweetstorm, commuters. Philly transit riders could soon have a union to advocate for their rights, because, as it turns out, screaming into the social media void just isn't that effective.

Two groupsurbanist political action committee 5th Square and the new Pennsylvanians for Transitare working toward this goal. Each hopes to create a group that will speak for riders to SEPTA and elected officials and influence transit policy.

Of course, SEPTA customer grievances are numerous and varied. But transit advocates say the timing is perfect; SEPTA is trying to improve Regional Rail and rethinking its bus service, and riders should have a say. Honk if you want better transit!

» READ MORE: Questions remain after West Chester nursing home fire

Local officials are still unsure what caused Thursday's five-alarm blaze at the Barclay Friends senior living facility. The fire displaced 160 residents and on Sunday officials were unable to say how many residents remain unaccounted for.

West Chester residents sprung up to help victims of the fire in its aftermath, both joining first responders in rescue efforts and gathering donations for the displaced seniors over the weekend.

For some, the Barclay blaze brought back memories of a deadly nursing home fire in Wayne in 1973 which, along with a string of similar incidents, spurred an overhaul of state regulations.

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— Columnist Stu Bykofsky writes that Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams must be found guilty before he’s forced to resign.

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