Perhaps the fate of the 2020 Philadelphia Eagles was determined weeks ago.
There’s probably nothing worse than a Philadelphia Eagles game that doesn’t mean anything. No, that isn’t correct. The only thing worse than a Birds game that doesn’t mean anything is one that doesn’t mean anything and has been flexed to prime time so the entire world can see it on national television.
Such is the case as the NFL’s league office has decided to flex Philly’s Week 17 season finale into the Sunday Night Football slot on NBC. Really? There wasn’t anything better that they could show us?
It hasn’t happened often in the Doug Pederson era, but in the final week of the 2020’s season, Philly doesn’t have much to play for. Three straight seasons of playoff appearances ended in Week 16, and at this point, the only thing that they can play for is their pride and playing the spoiler role. Ruining the Washington Football Team’s playoff chances isn’t much of a consolation prize though as it only helps one of their other rivals.
If Philly beats Washington, the winner of the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants game will win the NFC East. If Philly falters, Washington is in (and Philly probably plays themselves out of a higher draft choice). Sheesh! It wasn’t supposed to be this way. How did this happen? There are tons of explanations. We’ll just explore five for the sake of this story.