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.
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With the season on the line, on the road, against one of the best teams in the NFL, Nick Foles and the Eagles kept their playoff hopes alive with a 30-23 victory against the Rams.
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Louie and Gino break down the memorable victory over the Rams.
No easy way out
By Lars Lewis
The term ‘No Easy Way Out’ refers to a song by Robert Tepper from a famous movie involving a couple key factors that relate to what was witnessed Sunday night in Los Angeles.
One factor, a fighter from Philadelphia whose back is against the wall and senses the walls closing in as he encounters the other factor, a cyborg-like monster who has wiped out essentially any sort of defense that’s faced him.
Yes, there was a lot of Rocky IV in this game and I’ll explain why.
It seemed the Eagles, who had once again called upon their Rocky Balboa in Nick Foles, longed for one more puncher’s chance against a foe that could certainly put away their faint playoff hopes for good.
We’re not indestructible,
Baby better get that straight
I think it’s unbelievable
How you give into the hands of fate
So you figured out the first piece of the puzzle, but what about that certain monster who loomed so large over Rocky physically but also mentally?
Yeah, that was Ivan Drago, and Sean McVay fits him to a tee.
I mean think about it. Blonde, spiky hair, blue eyes, chiseled face, and a borderline unfair amount of gifts both possess(ed). Drago’s superhuman power and technique coincides with McVay’s absurd memory that teeters between scary and let’s face it, rather annoying.
Doug Pederson, following the highest of highs last season when he beat Lord Palpa…err I mean Bill Belichick in the Super Bowl, has never faced the kind of scrutiny the way he’s had this year and especially leading into the game Sunday.
I see all the angry faces
Afraid that could be you and me
Talkin about what might have been
I’m thinkin about what I used to be
When it got to game time in the L.A. Coliseum, just like Rocky when he walked to the ring in Moscow, the Eagles knew they were fueled by a burning desire set ablaze through a heartbreaking defeat in Dallas coinciding with Rocky’s loss of Apollo in the film.
Foles throughout the first three quarters resembled the Foles we all saw on that fateful February night, hitting Alshon Jeffrey for big gains, moving it up and down the field and consistently getting into the red-zone to allow his trio of running backs to do their damage.
“You see he’s not a machine! He’s a man!” Tony “Duke” Evers
The Rams as the Chicago Bears proved last week, are indeed human and Foles, along with a sterling performance from Jim Schwartz’ defense for most of the night, has assured Rocko one more round as they play Houston and then close the season in D.C for maybe, just maybe, a second shot at the title.
There’s no easy way out there’s no shortcut home