NFL Week 11: Guide to Eagles Rooting Interests

1:00 Games

Oakland Raiders (5-4) at Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3): This game has no impact on the Eagles or their playoff chances

Cleveland Browns (3-6) at Jacksonville Jaguars (5-4): Root for the Jaguars, who the Eagles already defeated this season.  Strength of victory is a tiebreaker both within the division and for the wild card, and the more games the Jaguars win the better the Eagles’ number in that department.

Washington Redskins (4-5) at Tennessee Titans (5-4): While the Eagles beat the Redskins once and the strength of victory argument applies here, the Redskins are still within reasonable striking distance of the Eagles and Giants.  Therefore, you should root for the Titans to drop the Redskins to 4-6.  Once Washington is mathematically eliminated from catching the Eagles, you should root for them to win each week as it will boost the strength of victory and drop a division rivals’ draft pick.

Houston Texans (4-5) at New York Jets (7-2): The Eagles play the Texans but not the Jets, so a win for Houston could potentially improve the Eagles strength of victory down the line.  This game is otherwise meaningless, and even that’s a reach at the moment.

Baltimore Ravens (6-3) at Carolina Panthers (1-8): This game has no affect on the Eagles.

Green Bay Packers (6-3) at Minnesota Vikings (3-6): As hard as it may be to stomach, root for Brett Favre and the Vikings.  At 6-3, Green Bay could be competition for the wild card spots if the Eagles don’t win the division, thus a Packers loss improves the Eagles chances of making the playoffs.  It can also help the Eagles strength of victory, as they play the Vikings later this year and already lost to the Packers.

Arizona Cardinals (3-6) at Kansas City Chiefs (5-4): This game does not affect Philadelphia.

Detroit Lions (2-7) at Dallas Cowboys (2-7): The Eagles beat the Lions, so a win would improve the Birds current strength of victory.  However, if Philadelphia sweeps the 2-7 Cowboys, a win would count twice on the strength of victory.  It’s a close call, so you can avoid the pain and suffering that comes from rooting for Dallas and pull for the Lions.

Buffalo Bills (1-8) at Cincinnati Bengals (2-7): This game has no impact on Philadelphia.

4:00 Games

Seattle Seahawks (5-4) at New Orleans Saints (6-3): The odds of a wild card team coming out of the NFC West are slim, especially with the Seahawks being the only team above .500 at 5-4.  The 6-3 Saints are stuck in a competitive NFC South division with the 7-2 Falcons and 6-3 Buccaneers, and could steal a wild card spot from the Eagles, so root for the Seahawks in this one.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-3) at San Francisco 49ers (3-6): The 6-3 Buccaneers, just like the Saints, are stuck behind the Falcons and will end up battling for a wild card spot if they don’t catch Atlanta.  Therefore, root for the 49ers since they are already out of the mix.

Atlanta Falcons (7-2) at St. Louis Rams (4-5): This is one of those games where you have to pre-empt the strength of victory for a substantially more meaningful rooting interest.  Philadelphia is in the mix for a first round bye and home field advantage in the NFC, but Atlanta stands in the way at 7-2.  Root against the Falcons and hope that the Eagles end the night tied with the Falcons at 7-3.

Indianapolis Colts (6-3) at New England Patriots (7-2): Since the Eagles beat the Colts, root for Peyton Manning and company to improve the Eagles’ strength of victory.

Monday Night

Denver Broncos (3-6) at San Diego Chargers (4-5): This game has no impact on the Eagles.

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