December 15, 2019
With three games left to play, somehow, the Philadelphia Eagles are in an excellent position to reap the rewards of a Dallas Cowboys meltdown, and win the atrocious NFC East. As always, we take a look at the Birds' rooting interests around the league, aside from their own game. Ideal winners are bolded.
• Rams at Cowboys: Obviously, as always, the Eagles would be beneficiaries of a Cowboys loss on Sunday, but in a way, this is something of a "house money" type of game.
Realistically, the Eagles should be expected to run the table the rest of the season to win the division. If they do that, they will clinch the NFC East, needing no other help from the Cowboys. However, a scenario exists in which the Eagles would actually clinch the division and be able to rest their starters Week 17.
Let's take a look at the four Eagles-Cowboys win-loss scenarios this week:
Got it? Cool. The rest of this post is a waste of your time, but let's go ahead and waste it anyway.
Should the Eagles fail to win the division, the consolation prize would be a higher draft pick. If the season were to end before Sunday's slate of games, the Eagles would be picking 13th. Here's a look at the draft order, via our good friends at Tankathon:
It is best for the Eagles if the teams closest to them in the draft order, namely the teams with 5 or 6 wins, win their remaining games. As such, the following outcomes are ideal:
And then it's also better for the Steelers to beat the Bills, for "strength of schedule" draft order tie-breaking purposes, which I'll skip detailing once again this week.
Ideally the Giants won't end up with either the No. 1 or No. 2 overall pick. If they do, you can just start printing Chase Young jerseys now. The following games affect the Giants' draft position:
If the Eagles win the division, they will play either the Seahawks, 49ers, Vikings, Packers, or Rams, in that order of likelihood, in the wildcard round.
Previously, we mapped out the Eagles' ideal first-round opponents, in order, of that group of teams. But really, is it even worth burning calories worrying about all of that?
Ultimately, if the Eagles make the playoffs and they get Carson Wentz a little taste of playoff action, then hey, great. That'll serve him well in subsequent seasons, even with a loss. And hell, if the Eagles can somehow find a way to win a playoff game, even better, I guess, as long as that doesn't preclude the team from making necessary changes to the coaching staff. But we all realize that this team, with its glaring holes littered across the roster, has no shot of actually winning a Super Bowl, right?
So if they win the division, the chips will just fall where they may, in my view, and there's little sense at this point in even rooting for a specific opponent.
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