Doug Pederson: Eagles are in a “must-win” situation

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Since beating the Bills in Buffalo and besting the Bears at home, the Eagles have lost three games in a row. And while they’re still only one game behind the Cowboys in the NFC East, it’s now or never for the 5-7 Eagles to start winning.

“[W]e’re in a must-win situation,” coach Doug Pederson told reporters on Thursday. “We know that. It really started last week and really coming out of the bye if you want to think about it going back a few weeks.”

The Eagles have lost every game since the bye, falling to the Patriots, the Seahawks, and the Dolphins.

“For me, I have to stay the course,” Pederson said. “I have to stay transparent and have to stay as honest as I can with the team. The integrity, talk about the character of the team and all that with them and say, ‘Listen, guys, we’re in that must-win situation right now.’ . . . Everybody is on board, everybody on the same page. That’s the one thing that I appreciate about these guys.”

When the Eagles host the Giants on Monday night, they’ll know whether the Cowboys moved to 7-6 or 6-7, since they face the Bears tonight.

The Eagles play the Cowboys in Week 16, and a win by Philly in Philly would square the season series. Division record becomes the next tie breaker, then record in common games followed by conference record — if the Cowboys and Eagles finish with the same record.

For now, the Eagles have to set those details aside and win, especially with four division games left in the season’s final four weeks.

20 responses to “Doug Pederson: Eagles are in a “must-win” situation

  1. Remember when they where starting a dynasty? Gets a lot harder when your paying your QB and picking later in the draft.

  2. Eagles season was done when Desean Jackson got hurt. Without him they have no speed at WR, no deep threat. They were stupid not to trade for somebody.

  3. None of this would be an issue if they had kept the Legend of Nick Foles. He once played an entire game at Center and QB simultaneously.

  4. Eagles can go 7-9.
    Cowboys 7-9
    Actually they can go 6-8-1.

    Not sure which moves on, via tie breakers. But one might pick 32nd in the draft while the other picks 10th.

    NFC East is pathetic.

  5. Day after the game headlines:

    Eli Manning earns back starting QB role after passing for 450 yards, 5 TDs.

    Sanders 13 carries, 88 yards

    Wentz 21 of 47, 215 yards, 1 TD, 2 Int.

    Doug Pederson mentions during press conference that “it’s a very tough league and the Giants are amazing and that we will just have to get back to work Tuesday, since we are not out of the playoffs yet.”

    Seriously, I SO see this happening. (I hope I’m wrong)

  6. Forget about the last 3 weeks. The Eagles still have total control of their own destiny. Win out and they clinch the NFC East.

    Take each game one at a time and win. Leave it all out there. And win!

  7. Keep in mind, they’re not one game back. Currently, they’d need to win 2 games and Dallas lose 2 games in the near term to secure first place. Since we don’t play half-games, they’re a full 2 games behind with 4 to go.

    The game vs. Dallas will mean a lot, but the onus is on them. For one, because they are behind. But another reason is, Dallas is 4-0 in the division. Eagles are 1-1. Division record is the next tie breaker. If they finish with the same record, Eagles MUST win-out (the last 4 games are ALL division games). This only grants them to the next level of tie-breaker, conference record. Dallas also currently hold that edge at 5-3 vs. 3-5.

    It just doesn’t look good for Philly-Philly. They can beat Dallas, and if Dallas still wins 2 or 3 of the next 4, it’s the nail in the proverbial coffin. Dallas plays the Bears tonight, and the Skins at home. Both very winnable games.

  8. Eagles are such a mess right now I am not sure I even want them to somehow win out and legitimize this season.

    At least 5 of their losses they had a chance to win but embarrassed themselves in critical situations. Other than allowing the Dolphins to nearly triple their points per game average for the season, I would have to say Nelson Agholar catching the ball, fumbling the ball without being touched, and then have it returned for a TD in a game the Eagles lost by 3 points would be the season low.

    The problem is there are so many unforced errors on the Eagles this year it’s hard to pick just one.

    I still believe they have a lot of talent but it seems like the coaching just isn’t there.

  9. allsyntax says:
    December 5, 2019 at 2:45 pm


    If the Eagles win out, they are in, period.

    For division winner conference record is the 4th tie breaker, the 3rd is common games. Hello packers and jets. Common games goes to the Eagles.

    For what it’s worth, neither the Cowboys or Eagles deserve to make the post season. The Eagles need coaching changes at both the coordinator positions, WR Coach, and QB coach. I don’t want the Eagles brass let a hot finish to a mess of a season to buy them one more season.

  10. This is what happens to a team when you pay old players based on nostalgia. I’m looking at you, Howie…

  11. randomcommenter says:
    December 5, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Eagles season was done when Desean Jackson got hurt. Without him they have no speed at WR, no deep threat. They were stupid not to trade for somebody.

    eagles seaosn was over the moment they signed the cancer carson wentz

  12. randomcommenter says:
    December 5, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Eagles season was done when Desean Jackson got hurt. Without him they have no speed at WR, no deep threat. They were stupid not to trade for somebody.

    foles won superbowl without Jackson eagles season was over the moment they got rid of foles

  13. Dallas needs to beat the Eagles and win one of the other 3 games on their schedule to win the division at 8-8 (under all tiebreaker scenarios).

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