December 03, 2017

What went right and wrong around the NFL for the Eagles on Sunday

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Case Keenum and the Minnesota Vikings put pressure on the Philadelphia Eagles to keep winning.

With the Philadelphia Eagles sitting pretty atop the NFC standings at 10-1, it makes sense to re-calibrate their chances of ending up with the No. 1 seed in the playoffs each week, along with taking an early look at ideal playoff matchups.

And so, here's what went right and wrong for the Eagles on Sunday (and Thursday).

What went right

Uh... Nothing?

What went wrong

The Vikings beat the Falcons: The Vikings got to 10-2 today with an impressive defensive performance on the road against a legitimate playoff team. If the Eagles lose against the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football, the Vikings would hold a tiebreaker advantage over the Eagles for the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. Pressure is on.

The Rams beat the Cardinals: The Vikings weren't the only team to put pressure on the Eagles to continue to win football games. After their win over Arizona, the Rams got to 9-3. The Eagles' matchup next Sunday in Los Angeles is going to be enormous.

The Saints beat the Panthers: Like the Rams, the Saints got to 9-3, while the Panthers fell to 8-4. Because the Eagles already beat the Panthers this season, they would hold a tiebreaker advantage over them, making a Saints win less ideal.

The Cowboys beat the Redskins: The Cowboys delayed the inevitable Eagles division title by beating the Redskins on Thursday. Meh.

The Packers beat the Buccaneers: Aaron Rodgers practiced this week, so he's still just kind of there. Having to face Rodgers in the Eagles' first playoff game would not be good. With their win, Green Bay got to 6-6. They're still a longshot to make the playoffs, but they're not completely out of it.

The Lions lost to the Ravens: Having the Lions in the playoffs would mean that some other talented team like the Falcons or Seahawks might get squeezed out. With a loss today, at 6-6, the Lions' playoff chances took a hit.

The Giants lost to the Raiders: The Giants are in full-on tank mode, so any games they can win the rest of the way, the more they'll mess up their draft position.


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