Ranking 4 teams jeopardizing the Eagles playoff push (including a rival)

Taylor Heinicke #4, Washington Football (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Nick Bosa #97, San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images) /

. . San Francisco 49ers. 3. team. 42.

The Eagles’ early-season loss to the 49ers is hanging over this football team.

Once upon a time, Zach Ertz was universally regarded as the NFL’s third-best tight end behind Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49er’s George Kittle. Ertz, though serviceable, isn’t what he once was, but Kittle on the other hand, like a fine wine, has only gotten better with age.

Whether the Niners are winning or trailing, you see no difference in the effort from their star tight end, and that has helped fuel San Fran for years.

Can you imagine being a role player that’s giving minimal effort while one of the game’s best is balling? It wouldn’t be a wise business decision, and even though the Niners, as always, are dealing with injuries, Kittle and the team’s other stars, Nick Bosa for instance, keep the heartbeat going for a franchise where gold isn’t just one of the team’s colors. It’s also one of the team’s standards.

Heading down the stretch, the Eagles wouldn’t mind a few losses by San Francisco as they’re a game ahead of Philly for the final Wild Card spot heading into Week 14. The 49ers also won the head-to-head meeting between these two teams. San Francisco closes the season out with games versus the Bengals, the Atlanta Falcons, the Tennessee Titans, the Houston Texans, and the Los Angeles Rams.