The Eagles are coming off a bye that couldn’t have came at a better time. Facing the final stretch the Eagles will be healthy and will be prepared for the difficult, important five game stretch ahead.
Many speculate that this team’s playoff chances will come down to the final game against the Cowboys which will be played in Dallas. To get there however, will be challenging.
The Eagles share the lead with the Dallas Cowboys atop the NFC East at 6-5, and will be looking to separate themselves. The Eagles will more than likely need at least three wins to play for the NFC East title against the Cowboys in that week 17 matchup between the two teams.
Those three wins will be challenging as the Eagles play the Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, and then of course the Dallas Cowboys. Four of those five teams are all competing for a playoff spot and have winning records and the Vikings are no team to sleep on.
Compare that to the Cowboys’ final stretch against the Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins, and then the Philadelphia Eagles; the Eagles by far have the tougher task.
Luckily for the Eagles, we are entering the month of December, and if it’s one thing every football fan knows, it’s that Tony Romo and the Cowboys fall apart in December. Since 2006 Romo and the Cowboys have gone 11-15 in the month of December, 6-7 since Jason Garrette took over in week eight of 2010.
The Eagles have not won the NFC East since the 2010 season. The Eagles failed to win their playoff game against the eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers 21-16. Since then the Eagles have not made the playoffs.
At the beginning of the season everybody expected the Cowboys to run away with the division. However, ever since the emergence of Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, that doesn’t seem to be the case. At 6-5 with five games to play, the Eagles are in perfect position to steal this division.