Atlanta Falcons (11-2) at Seattle Seahawks (6-7) (4:05, FOX) – Root for the Seahawks so that Atlanta falls back to the pack. If the Falcons lose this week, it’s not too hard to imagine the Saints pulling off a small upset and dealing the Falcons their fourth loss. If everything fell right, the Eagles could win a tiebreaker over the Falcons at 12-4 and potentially beat them out for homefield advantage if they win the division despite losing to the Saints. Sure, they’re longshots, but there’s no potential upside from a Falcons win.
New York Jets (9-4) at Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3) (4:15, CBS) – Root for the Jets, as the Saints beat the Steelers but did not play the Jets. Thus a Jets win lowers the Saints strength of victory, which could still come into play against the Eagles.
Denver Broncos (3-10) at Oakland Raiders (6-7) (4:15, CBS) – The outcome of this game won’t impact the Eagles, but Tim Tebow makes his first career start for the Broncos, who could be on the quarterback market this offseason if they haven’t bought into Tebow’s transition to the pros.
Green Bay Packers (8-5) at New England Patriots (11-2) (8:20, NBC) – Root hard for New England as Green Bay is direct competition for the Eagles if they lose to the Giants and are in the wild card hunt. The Packers will be without Aaron Rodgers, so the Patriots have a great chance at getting the win.
Chicago Bears (9-4) at Minnesota Vikings (5-8) (8:30 Monday, ESPN) – Root for the Vikings, as the Bears will either be competition for the Eagles in pursuit of a bye or a playoff spot, depending on the outcome of their game against the Packers later on. Philadelphia cannot win a tiebreaker over Chicago, so it’s important to see the Bears pile up another loss or two.
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