Grading Eagles, their NFC East rivals chances as NFL postseason begins

JANUARY 08: Philadelphia Eagles fans. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
JANUARY 08: Philadelphia Eagles fans. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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The road to Super Bowl LVII rolls through Philadelphia as the Eagles hold the number one seed.

THEY DID IT! After two painful weeks of watching the Philadelphia Eagles offense morph back into what they were early in 2021 (after the season-opener versus the Atlanta Falcons of course), they finally clinched the number one seed, home-field advantage through the NFC Playoffs, and a bye during the first week of action. The clincher versus the New York Giants wasn’t pretty, but hey, a win is a win.

The Eagles were the only team in the NFC East to do themselves a solid in Week 18. The Dallas Cowboys lost to the Washington Commanders who were already eliminated, and the New York Giants couldn’t improve or worsen their standing as the sixth seed.

Speaking of the Commanders, their season ended on a high note, somewhat, by dealing a body blow to Cowboys fans’ theory that their team is one of the best in the NFC. Getting beaten by a 26-6 margin versus a team fielding its third-string quarterback will do that for you.

You do realize that the Cowboys were playing their starters, right? Yikes!

By virtue of beating Dallas in the finale, the Commanders have won their ‘Super Bowl’. The 14 still-alive teams will play for an opportunity to appear in the real one.

It’s time to again take a broader look at the State of the NFC East. Here are a few guesses on what’s to come for the Cowboys, Giants, and Eagles in the playoffs and how they might fare in their upcoming postseason matchups.