After the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Washington Redskins earlier in the day, their victory made Sunday night’s Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears matchup all but irrelevant as it concerns the NFC East crown. Regardless of what happens in the Eagles game, the Birds must win against the Cowboys next week to become NFC East champions. But despite tonight’s game having no divisional implications, it could have an affect in a different and possibly more important area: momentum.
A lot of Philly’s victories this season came as a result of momentum. Second-year quarterback Nick Foles has built a breakout season by stacking solid performances on top of each other. In fact, the Eagles were riding a five-game winning streak into the Metrodome last week when they got blown-out by the Minnesota Vikings. If, for some reason, the Birds were to lose to the Bears tonight, there would be an obvious momentum switch going into a pivotal game against Dallas at home. Add the fact that Foles’ last performance against Dallas was the worst he’s had all season, and next week’s matchup has all the makings for an upset.
Despite the lack of statistically importance, Philadelphia needs to regain the previous momentum they lost against the Vikings. Beating the Bears in Lincoln Financial Field will go a long way in giving the Eagles the right mindset going into the AT&T Stadium next week to face the Cowboys for the divisional championship.