Losing an eagle leaves the door open for Cowboys at NFC East
The NFC East title, and NFC’s No. 1 seed, is suddenly in serious doubt for the Philadelphia Eagles.
It will all move on to Week 18 now after they lost their second game in a row on Sunday, to a decisive 20-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
That lowered the Eagles to 13-3, while 12-4 the Dallas Cowboys stayed close thanks to a win over the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night.
All of which means that Dallas still has a very real chance of taking the top spot from the Eagles, which just a few weeks ago seemed unbelievable.
But if the Cowboys can beat a Washington Commanders team that’s been seriously falling for the long haul (and with no good quarterback picks), combined with the Eagles’ loss to the New York Giants, Dallas will win the NFC East.
Given that the Giants will have almost nothing left to play after winning a playoff spot on Sunday, that might not be the case, but it’s certainly possible.
The fact that it’s even on the table is an amazing development when the Eagles took the lead in the division just a few weeks ago.
The Eagles also have to worry about the Minnesota Vikings in the race for the No. 1 seed and home advantage during the knockout stages.
The biggest problem for the Eagles right now is injuries, especially when it comes to starting midfielder Jalen Hurts.
Hurts has missed the past two games, while his availability for Week 18 remains in doubt.
Backup Gardner Minshew played well in place of Hurts in the loss to the Cowboys a week ago, but he struggled in Sunday’s loss to the Saints.
The Eagles have had an incredible regular season, but if they lose their lead in the league and potentially lose a bye week look like they’re locked in after an 8-0 start and 13 record. -1 then that would be a huge disappointment.
It will also greatly reduce their chances of making it to the Super Bowl.