The Philadelphia Eagles caught a break over the weekend. With a one game lead over the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East heading into Week Fifteen, the Birds blowout loss to the Minnesota Vikings put their division title hopes in jeopardy. But the Cowboys came to their rescue again losing to the Green Bay Packers in spectacular fashion later that afternoon.
The Eagles maintain their one-game lead in the division with only two games to go in the NFL regular season. If they can defeat the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, and the Cowboys lose to the Washington Redskins at home, the Eagles would lock up the NFC East title. But head coach Chip Kelly, for one, has no interest in the upcoming Cowboys game.
“We’ve got to play…We’ve got to play and get back on the winning track. We’ve got to be ready to play winning football. I think our philosophy has been it’s on the line every time you play. It’s not really what goes on outside of there. It’s we need to get better as a football team.”
When asked if he’ll even be watching the Dallas game, Kelly responded:
“No, I’m in a vacuum. It doesn’t matter. We know the score. We have phones and televisions and all that other stuff. But am I going to be glued to the set, no? I mean, it is what it is. Whatever happens in that game doesn’t affect us. We still have to go out and play the Chicago Bears. I don’t think we’re going to have a victory party and say oh, we have to get to the stadium and play right now. We have to play.”
The Cowboys are undefeated against all NFC East opponents so far this season. And if Dallas is able to defeat Washington on Sunday, it would set up a divisional title game against the Eagles in Week 17 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.