The Philadelphia Eagles got an early Christmas present on Sunday as the snow rendered the high-powered Detroit Lions offense powerless in a 34-20 laugher of a game. They got another gift on Monday as the Dallas Cowboys lost to the Chicago Bears in similar freezing conditions. It appears the stars are aligning for this Eagles team to win the NFC East and move straight into the playoffs.
The Cowboys loss gives the Eagles a one-and-a-half game lead in their division with three weeks left in the regular season. Next up, Philadelphia will travel to the Metrodome to face the 3-9-1 Minnesota Vikings. But again, luck seems to be in the Birds favor as the Vikings’ star running back Adrian Peterson suffered a sprained right foot in the second quarter of this weekend 29-26 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Although initial x-rays were negative, Peterson is unlikely to play against the Eagles this Sunday. Even if he does, it’s doubtful he’ll be anywhere close to 100%. That’s good news for Philly fans as the All-Pro running back is really the Viking’s lone offensive weapon and should make a Birds victory all but assured.
The following week, the Eagles will host the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field. Again advantage Birds as they have turned their recent home woes into a three-game winning streak. Although you’d think the weather advantage would be negligible against the Bears, home is home.
Finally, the Iggles will have a chance for revenge facing the Cowboys in AT&T Stadium. Specifically, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles who had his worst game of the season against Dallas earlier this season. But chances are, Philadelphia could have the NFC East already locked up prior to that game. Especially considering the way the Cowboys have played of late.
It’s seems serendipitous that this team, led by first time Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, would make the playoffs in his first season. Almost as if it was destiny.