Eagles Fan Rooting Guide - Week 16

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The Eagles still have some scoreboard watching to do, but it’s coming into focus.  Philadelphia now owns the tiebreaker against New York due to sweeping the season series with the Giants.  Philadelphia cannot win tiebreakers with the Bears or Packers due to losing those head-to-head games. If Philadelphia finished tied with New Orleans or Tampa Bay, it could not win a tiebreaker due to a weaker conference record.  Therefore, no tiebreakers will go deep enough for strength of victory to matter.

Therefore, in games that would affect strength of schedule or strength of victory, you should actually root against the Eagles’ number at this point in the year, as strength of schedule is the first tiebreaker for draft picks and the lowest number wins.

Tennessee Titans (6-8) at Kansas City Chiefs (9-5) (1:00, CBS) – This game has no impact on the Eagles’ playoff chances, so root for the Chiefs.  The Eagles played the Titans, so a loss by the Titans weakens the Birds’ strength of schedule and could improve their draft pick.

Baltimore Ravens (10-4) at Cleveland Browns (5-9) (1:00, CBS) – This game has no impact on the Eagles in any way.

New England Patriots (12-2) at Buffalo Bills (4-10) (1:00, CBS) – This game has no impact on the Eagles in any way.

San Francisco 49ers (5-9) at St. Louis Rams (6-8) (1:00, FOX) – This game has no impact on the Eagles playoff chances, so root for the Rams in order to drop the Birds’ strength of schedule for draft purposes.

Detroit Lions (4-10) at Miami Dolphins (7-7) (1:00, FOX) – This game does not impact the Eagles playoff chances, so root for the Dolphins in order to drop the Eagles’ strength of schedule.

Washington Redskins (5-9) at Jacksonville Jaguars (8-6) (1:00, FOX) – This game does not impact the Eagles playoff chances, and Philadelphia holds a draft pick from the Redskins via the Donovan McNabb trade.  Therefore, root against the Redskins so that the draft pick is higher in the fourth round.

New York Jets (10-4) at Chicago Bears (10-4) (1:00, CBS) – The Eagles are currently tied with the Bears for the 2-seed and a first-round bye, but cannot win a tiebreaker.  Root against the Bears, so that the Eagles can leap above them and put themselves in position for a bye.

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