Sorry to ruin your Thanksgiving, Eagles fans, but today you should actually root for the Dallas Cowboys. Having induced some pre-Turkey indigestion, here’s the breakdown for each game, with an explanation of why a Dallas win is a good thing for the Birds.
12:30 on CBS : New England Patriots at Detroit Lions – Since the Eagles beat the Lions but will not face the Patriots, a Lions win will improve the Eagles strength of victory, which is a playoff tiebreaker. In a crazy year in the NFC with one 7-3 team currently outside the top six in the conference, a playoff spot or first-round bye could end up coming down to a trivial tiebreaker, thus making each one more important than usual.
4:15 on FOX: New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys – I know it’s hard, but nothing can help the Eagles more of the three games on Thanksgiving than a Cowboys win. The Saints, at 7-3, are right in the thick of a tough NFC South Division that has three teams at 7-3 or better. That means it’s a division capable of yanking away both Wild Card spots, and the Eagles are only a game ahead of the Giants. Therefore, a Saints loss improves the Eagles chances of making the playoffs. Philadelphia also plays Dallas twice, so wins for a Cowboys squad that needs a miracle to make the playoffs will help the Eagles strength of victory tiebreaker if they can win one or both of their two games against Dallas.
8:20 on NFL Network: Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets – This game has zero impact on the Eagles, so root for whoever you’d like, that is, if you’re fortunate enough to get NFL Network. Between Rex Ryan, Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco, this game should be plenty entertaining on its own.
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