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Where can I start with this Philadelphia Eagles team? To say the least, it has been a whirlwind of a season so far for this squad. Ups and downs, bumps and bruises, injuries, penalties, bad coaching, play calls, you name it. There is an entire laundry list of issues that this team has dealt with all year but amazingly enough, we are STILL in the hunt to come out on top of the NFC East division this year. Monday night’s game versus the Giants was BY NO MEANS pretty or smooth at all, however this team showed heart and that truly embodies what playing for this city and for these fans is all about! It was a must win, I think every Eagles fan and their mother knows that, but what’s important is that it looks like the spark we needed to make this run into week 17 and hopefully achieve a playoff berth. Let’s take a look at some key points that to me, are the contributing factors why this team will win the NFC East.
Yes… I know what you’re thinking. We’ve heard this a million times, win outright and we get into the playoffs, simple as that. Let’s look at some analytics real quick which are pretty eye opening. First off, the next game up for the birds is versus Washington who has been terrible all year. They average 14.5 points per game, and they just lost Derrius Guice in their past game due to an MCL tear for the rest of the year which clearly hurts their running game. On top of that, they have a rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins that, lets face it, has been thrown to the wolves since day one. So, the opportunity is there, they just have to capitalize by being patient with the ball on offense especially in the running game. They can easily grind out a dub on December 15th, 2019 at 1pm ET.
Now as for Dallas, they’ve been just as much of a train wreck as the Eagles been this year, there’s rumors of Jason Garrett being fired any day now, locker room issues, people being chewed out on the sidelines, I think you get my point here. Leighton Vander Esch, the middle linebacker for Dallas is still sidelined due to injury at least for the time being. He is projected to come back relatively soon, but that works to our advantage if he remains out long term. With injuries, their linebacking core depleted, and dysfunction reverberating throughout that locker room, I don’t think they can keep winning like this. A key factor for the Eagles/Cowboys week 16 matchup is the fact its at home. Us Eagles fans know how to show up and show out to represent our team, so best believe on December 22nd 4:25pm ET we will be ready!
Last and and honestly damn near least, is a team we’ve all come to love the New York Giants. Now one can say yes we just won but by the skin of our teeth. Every Eagles fan will admit once half-time hit during Monday nights game we thought it was over, we would be lying if we said we didn’t think that. For this last game though its away which assuming we win the Dallas game it will all come down to week 17 December 29th, 2019 at 1pm ET. In the last 5 years we are 7-3-2 vs New York during the regular season which is pretty good. Eli had a good half against us the other night but I believe that was a fluke, their real issue lies with their defense, which is historically bad giving up 27.8 points per game–which is 28th out of 32 possible teams. They also just released CB Janoris Jenkins from their team. With all these key factors taken into consideration the rest of the way, the Eagles couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity to Win the NFC East this year!