Break out the playoff machine ladies and gentleman. After a come from behind 25-22 victory over the New York Giants, the Eagles are back in the hunt.
At 5-6, the Eagles kept their playoff hopes alive closing the gap in the NFC East to just one game. While a wild-card berth is still possible, winning the division is an easier path to the postseason.
Most likely, the Eagles need to get to 9-7 for a high percentage chance. However, for the glass half empty Eagle fans out there that think losing just one more game is unrealistic, 8-8 could still get it done for the Birds.
It makes sense to be pessimistic in the Eagles going 4-1 the rest of the way. They have yet to win back to back games in 2018.
The schedule isn’t a cakewalk either. For the rest of the season, the Eagles play teams with .500 records or higher taking on the Redskins twice, Dallas one more time, the Rams, and the Texans.
Hypothetically if the Eagles drop two of those games and go 8-8, it wouldn’t be crazy if Philadelphia still slipped into the playoffs.
How does it happen?
1.Sweep the NFC East games
To have any chance the Eagles need to beat Washington twice and Dallas. That would get the Eagles to 8 wins. For this hypothetical, we will say the Rams and Texans both beat Philadelphia.
2. Cowboys must lose two of four against the Saints, Colts, Buccanneers, and Giants
Gotta give it to Dallas, they’ve been on a roll as of late. They still aren’t close to New Orleans and they shouldn’t be heavy favorites in any of the other three match-ups.
At the Super Dome, it would take an incredible upset for Dallas to take down the 10-1 Saints. Assuming New Orleans takes care of business, the Eagles would need the Colts, Buccanneers, or Giants to beat the Cowboys.
Two of those three games are on the road.
All three possibilities are pretty realistic.
3. Redskins must lose one of three against the Giants, Jaguars, and Titans
These aren’t overly difficult match-ups for Washington but with Colt McCoy under center for the rest of the season, the Redskins won’t be a lock for any win the rest of the way.
The Giants are a tough test inside the division.
The Jacksonville game will come down to what defense makes more plays
The Titans are fighting for a playoff spot in the AFC and are a tough opponent already taking down the Eagles and Cowboys. Not to mention they beat New England just a few weeks ago.
In this scenario, the Eagles can still afford to lose two more games.
9-7 is the easier path but there is still hope if the Eagles can’t go 5-0 or 4-1 the rest of the way.
Draft impact on fantasy football
On today’s Locked on Eagles podcast:
NFL.com Fantasy Football Managing Editor Graham Barfield joins the show to discuss what draft prospects fantasy owners should invest in or avoid in their drafts!
What are the ideal landing spots for the top offensive weapons from a fantasy perspective?
Is Josh Jacobs a legitimate RB1 compared to past rookie RBs?
All that and more!
The All-My Guy Team
On today’s Locked on Eagles:
Scouts, media, and fans alike all have draft prospects they pound the table for
Today we build a starting offense and defense of “my guys” from the past five draft classes
Find out who Louie and Gino have clamored for since 2014!
2019 Schedule Takeaways
On today’s Locked on Eagles:
Reacting to the release of the Eagles 2019 regular season schedule
How easy or difficult does it look in April?
Best QB battles with Wentz
Best road trips for fans to attend
And of course the always riveting W-L predictions!