I’m sure some will berate me venomously for even broaching the subject, but should our beloved Eagles fall in Big D on Sunday, there are two chances they will have to turn right back around and face the same Cowboys team again in Big D.
Aren’t playoff scenarios fun? Maybe “fun” isn’t the word I’m looking for? “Confusing” and “insane” are probably better choices.
At any rate, playing the same team in back-to-back weeks would be weird, but not unheard of. Way back in the 2001 season, the Eagles defeated the Bucs 17-13 in Tampa, then came back six days later and throttled them in the Wild Card game, 31-9 in Philly.
Of course, another meeting with Dallas would be the third of the year. I’ve heard all along that the odds of beating a team three times in a season are not good. Is this true?
Well, I decided to do a little research to find the answer. According to this article, ironically from the Dallas News, since the merger, there have been 18 chances for teams to complete a three-game sweep. Those teams are 11-7. Make that 12-7. Last year’s Steelers swept the Ravens.
Not as tough as I was led to believe. On the bright side, the Cowboys have had two opportunities (’98 and ’07) and lost both times.
All of my needless speculation and looking ahead can be put to rest if the Birds take care of business and bounce the ‘Boys on Sunday. For the record, that’s the scenario I would prefer.