Philadelphia Eagles playoff watch: Updates and scenarios

Nick Foles #9, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Nick Foles #9, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

The Philadelphia Eagles are still fighting an uphill battle, but the path to earning a playoff spot is crystal clear after Sunday’s nail-biting 32-30 victory against the Houston Texans.

For nearly the past month or so, numerous writers of FanSided‘s Inside The Iggles have discussed ad nauseam the Philadelphia Eagles’ odds, percentages, and chances to make the NFL playoffs. Well, we are back to provide you with one final update on the only scenario remaining as the 2018 regular season enters its’ final week.

Last week, ITI laid out all the possible scenarios where Philadelphia can secure a postseason spot whether it be through one of the two wildcard slots or as the winner of the NFC East.

Unfortunately, winning the NFC East is now officially out of the equation as the Dallas Cowboys beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday to claim their third division title in last five seasons.

According to Five Thirty Eight’s 2018 NFL predictions, ‘The Birds’ have a 28 percent chance to make the postseason.

While it appears the odds are stacked against them, Philly enters Week 17 against the Washington Redskins with only one immensely realistic scenario to earn the second wildcard spot.

Here is the updated playoffs scenario for the Philadelphia Eagles.

•    Eagles beat Washington on the road

•    Minnesota Vikings lose to the Chicago Bears at home

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Let’s take a more in-depth look at the Chicago vs. Minnesota Week 17 matchup.

Even though the 11-4 Bears are a lock for the postseason they still have the opportunity to earn the two seed and get a first-round bye.

You know Chicago will not go easy and rest their starters for the upcoming playoffs. Plus, it’s always nice to beat a division rival, especially in their own building.

The Bears and the Vikings last met in Week 11 where Chicago walked away with a 25-20 victory. The most significant difference in that game was the time of possession. The Bears held the ball for nearly 10 more minutes than Vikings.

The Week 17 showdown will take place at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota at 4:25 p.m. EST. The same time as the Eagles are scheduled to the Redskins.

You can bet every die-hard Eagles’ fan around the world will have ‘The Birds’ on their main TV and the Bears vs. Vikings game either on their laptop, tablet, or phone.

They say “it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”

No matter the professional sport whether it be the NFL, MLB, or NBA the playoffs are about being hot at the right time.

For the more significant part of the season the Eagles have played subpar, but they are starting to heat up when it counts the most.

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In fact, after beating the Los Angeles Rams in Week 15 and the Houston Texans in Week 16, it marked the first time in franchise history the Eagles have beaten 10-win teams in consecutive regular-season weeks.

If the Eagles happen to find themselves in the playoffs, the rest of the NFC should be ‘shaking in their boots’ because this team is just starting to hit their stride.