NFC playoff picture: Eagles back in it

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The defending Super Bowl champions are back in the playoff race.

The Eagles, who were left for dead a couple weeks ago, now have a very clear path to the playoff: Win out and they win the NFC East. Of course, that won’t be easy: Their four remaining games are at Dallas, at L.A. Rams, home against the Texans and at Washington. But they at least have a chance, and would probably make the playoffs if they even win three of their last four.

Here’s how the playoff picture looks through Week 13:

LEADERS
1. Rams (11-1): They have an easy schedule the rest of the way and a good chance of finishing ahead of the Saints in the standings.

2. Saints (10-2): Still the favorites to earn a bye week, but now they have an uphill climb to home-field advantage.

3. Bears (8-4): The inside track to the No. 3 seed, but the loss to the Giants hurt.

4. Cowboys (7-5): All alone in first place in the NFC East.

5. Seahawks (7-5): The Seahawks are looking like a likely playoff team, in a season some saw as a rebuilding year.

6. Vikings (6-5-1): At Seattle on Monday night is a huge one in the wild card race.

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
7. Panthers (6-6): Carolina is in a tailspin, but the Panthers still own the head-to-head tiebreaker over Philadelphia.

8. Eagles (6-6): Sunday’s game in Dallas is enormous: Win and they’re the favorites in the NFC East, lose and they’re almost certainly not making the playoffs.

9. Washington (6-6): They once had a big lead in the NFC East, now they’re in third place and have Mark Sanchez at quarterback.

10. Buccaneers (5-7): Jameis Winston is finally playing well, but is it too late to save Dirk Koetter’s job?

11. Packers (4-7-1): Another loss cost Mike McCarthy his job.

12. Falcons (4-8): This season has been a major disappointment.

13. Giants (4-8): Playing better, but still stuck in last place in the NFC East.

14. Lions (4-8): Matt Patricia has already lost more games this year than Jim Caldwell lost in either of the last two years.

15. Cardinals (3-9): Showed some progress by winning in Green Bay.

16. 49ers (2-10): The worst team in the NFC.

48 responses to “NFC playoff picture: Eagles back in it

  1. Beat the GIANTS and a lifeless led Mark Sanchez team ,I would say the iggles are bottom feeders !

  2. Nice to see the Eagles still have something left. Much rather see them in the playoffs than Dallas. Not because Dallas is better, they’re not. I just dislike the Cowboys.

  3. Big deal. The Eagles beat a team which was so banged up they had to play Mark Sanchez who they signed just two weeks ago.
    The Eagles are not winning the division and the Cowboys will blow them out next week to end any hopes of that.
    I saw this coming with the Eagles and said so in here before the season. The Eagles are a classic case of a team which could not handle success. Everything they did last year worked and they let themselves believe that that’s the way it would happen this year, because their head coach didn’t have the sense to realize it. He allowed them to be whatever they wanted to be and the result is they are a one hit wonder.
    I dislike the Cowboys with a passion, but I hope they blow the Eagles right out of their stadium next week. It serves the Eagles right for being the most arrogant bunch of players and coaches I’ve seen in quite a while.

  4. I bet the officiating is gonna suck bad against eagles vs dallas

    Everyone knows the league is out to get Dallas. I mean, they orchestrated a six game suspension just to get Zeke out of the way to pave way for the eagles Superbowl

  5. NFL Media last week: The Jaguars are the most disappointing team in the league

    Atlanta & Green Bay: Hold our beers

  6. 8. Eagles (6-6): Sunday’s game in Dallas is enormous: Win and they’re the favorites in the NFC East, lose and they’re almost certainly not making the playoffs.

    Even if they win they will have the same record as Dallas, but a better Division record. But Cowboys remaining schedule is easier (Colts, Bucs, Giants) than the Eagles (Rams, Texans, Redskins). In that stretch Cowboys should be favorite in 2 to 3 (Colts being 50/50), whereas Eagles is only favorite in 1 to 2 of them (Texans 50/50).

    So no, even with a win the Eagles will not be favorites to win the NFC East.

  7. In the NFC East, I think it’s safe to move the Washington team out of the race now that they’ll be on their 3rd string QB.
    The Cowboys have the inside edge for the division, playing the Eagles at home (and having already defeated them), with Colts, Bucs, and Giants remaining.
    For the Eagles, not only do they face tougher teams (Cowboys, Rams, Texans, and Washington), 3 of the 4 games are on the road.

  8. The Vikings were handed another chance by the Eagles. If they’re smart, they’ll treat Monday’s game at Seattle as a must-win instead of another humbling experience (Cousins’ words, not mine).

  9. Last time Bradham played Zeke Elliot all you could see is the back of Bradhams jersey trying to chase for the first 7 yards ,,dudes done !

  10. nyneal says:
    December 4, 2018 at 6:57 am
    Big deal. The Eagles beat a team which was so banged up they had to play Mark Sanchez who they signed just two weeks ago.
    The Eagles are not winning the division and the Cowboys will blow them out next week to end any hopes of that.
    I saw this coming with the Eagles and said so in here before the season. The Eagles are a classic case of a team which could not handle success. Everything they did last year worked and they let themselves believe that that’s the way it would happen this year, because their head coach didn’t have the sense to realize it. He allowed them to be whatever they wanted to be and the result is they are a one hit wonder.
    I dislike the Cowboys with a passion, but I hope they blow the Eagles right out of their stadium next week. It serves the Eagles right for being the most arrogant bunch of players and coaches I’ve seen in quite a while.

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    Wow, what an unbiased opinion. I mean, it’s not like you’re a fan of a division riv……oh, wait. Face it. Your team is terrible. Meanwhile, we are injury plagued and starting to figure it out. No one knows if it will be enough. But the direction couldn’t be more clear.

  11. Actually they did get a free touchdown last night on the first one Lane Johnson false start never called !

  12. allsyntax says:
    December 4, 2018 at 9:06 am
    In the NFC East, I think it’s safe to move the Washington team out of the race now that they’ll be on their 3rd string QB.
    The Cowboys have the inside edge for the division, playing the Eagles at home (and having already defeated them), with Colts, Bucs, and Giants remaining.
    For the Eagles, not only do they face tougher teams (Cowboys, Rams, Texans, and Washington), 3 of the 4 games are on the road.
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    I agree with all of that. However, who knows what will happen. The division probably comes down to this week with the Eagles and Cowboys. The winner of that game should have the momentum to carry the division.

  13. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    December 4, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Bradham is one of the easiest linebackers to block ,,he never gets off of it !

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    Says the guy eating Doritoes from his mom’s couch.

  14. It’s interesting Nigel Bradham found it fun playing against another washed up quarterback but didn’t hear a word from him when Brees torched him !

  15. thereisnogodbiblethumpersaregutlessturds says:
    December 4, 2018 at 10:36 am
    elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    December 4, 2018 at 9:38 am
    Bradham is one of the easiest linebackers to block ,,he never gets off of it !
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    Says the guy eating Doritoes from his mom’s couch.

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    ^^^^ That..probably never put a helmet on and runs smack while backing a team in perpetual rebuild

  16. Eagles 1 year dynasty is ending soon….. very soon
    Are they having fun though??
    I am…..watching them implode & believing they have a snowballs chance in H_11…….

  17. Jordan says:
    December 4, 2018 at 7:00 am
    I bet the officiating is gonna suck bad against eagles vs dallas

    Everyone knows the league is out to get Dallas. I mean, they orchestrated a six game suspension just to get Zeke out of the way to pave way for the eagles Superbowl

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    You are right. The league also altered Elliot’s DNA when he was a fetus to ensure that he acts like a total moron in his off field life. It was all orchestrated from the start. All of it. Yep.

  18. “Rams (11-1): They have an easy schedule the rest of the way”??? Really??? First place Bears are easy? Wow shots fired!!!

  19. Shout out to the NFL for having a Thursday night team face off against a Monday night team on a Sunday.

    Jernigan will almost certainly be out of the game due to not enough time to heal and I’m sure Peters will be questionable as well. It’ll be tough for a five days of rest team to beat a nine days of rest team.

  20. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    December 4, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Iam actually eating Doritos under a beach 🏖 umbrella !

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    Then that’s even more stupid, posting a thousand times a day on some football site instead enjoying the beach.

    But I am sure that you are just another Paul Aufiero (aka Big Fan) working as a parking lot attendant.

  21. I don’t want the Eagles just because I don’t want Michael Bennett to go to the playoffs.

    What would even be better is if Seattle makes it instead of the Eagles, the team he arrogantly thought had no chance. Jokes are funnier when they are on mouthy arrogant players like Richard Sherman(worst team in the league, hows that feel Richard?) and Michael Bennett.

  22. If anything,the bias when Philadelphia and Dallas play will favor Dallas. Ratings are down and stadiums half empty because of the kneelers. The NFL needs Dallas to succeed. Tennessee comes in and blows Dallas out, but the highest scoring offense in the NFL can’t put up more than 10, with SEVERAL controversial penalties favoring Dallas. Before you scream “sour grapes”, I won money on Dallas that night! My team is whichever covers the spread.

  23. cinfante54 says:
    December 4, 2018 at 11:31 am
    Shout out to the NFL for having a Thursday night team face off against a Monday night team on a Sunday.

    Jernigan will almost certainly be out of the game due to not enough time to heal and I’m sure Peters will be questionable as well. It’ll be tough for a five days of rest team to beat a nine days of rest team.
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    Yeah, sort of like Week 8 when the Eagles played the Jaguars in London, had the Week 9 BYE, while the Cowboys played the Titans on Monday Night of Week 9 and then on a short week had to fly to Philadelphia to face the Eagles for Week 10, the same Eagles that had been resting, awaiting that Sunday Night game against the Cowboys that had 6 days to prepare.

    Scheduling issues happen every year to every team eventually, if you are an Eagles fan pointing at this upcoming game with the Cowboys coming off a BYE, just remember what happened after Week 8 and how your team had the advantage of rest and playing at home.

    Cry Eagles, Cry.

  24. What MRex93 said…typical Eagles fan whining about the fairness of things. Selective memory, eagles fans?

  25. Cowboys defense will shutdown wentz. Dallas will run and gun all over Eagles for a win 23-6. Dallas defense is elite. Wentz won’t do better than brees. He’ll throw a few interceptions. And throw for 125 yards.

  26. Packers still have a good chance to win out when they need to like they have in recent years, the Bears and Vikings could very well choke down the stretch as they have in recent years. I think the Packers will get in as the NFCN champion.

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