Playoffs?! The Eagles make-or-break run at the NFC East Starts Thursday
Things seem very doom and gloom in Philadelphia right now. The Eagles currently sit at 1-4-1 through 6 weeks. If the season were to end today Philly would own the 9th pick in the draft.
Lucky for them, the 2nd and 3rd worst teams in the league are in their division and Dallas is only a half game ahead. The Eagles definitely haven’t had an easy go of things to start this year. They have sustained over 24 injuries and are coming off back to back losses to 2 of the top 5 teams in the NFL.
However just like the past few seasons, with their backs against the wall, the Eagles can work their way out of this and win the NFC East.
The next 4 weeks are the most important games of the season for Philadelphia. Thursday they face the New York Giants followed by another division rival in the Dallas Cowboys. After their Week 9 BYE, the Eagles face the Giants again in New York.
The Eagles will be favorited in all of these games. Winning all 3 and getting a week off with the bye will not only give the team some much needed rest and time to heal, but likely put them at 4-4-1 and atop of the NFC East before heading to Cleveland to kick off a difficult chunk in their schedule.
Forget the Wild Card. If the Eagles want to see playoff football they will need to do so through their division. Washington, New York, and Dallas are in absolute shambles and have been haunted by injuries much like the Eagles. Washington benched Dwayne Haskins for Kyle Allen and New York lost Saquon Barkley to a torn ACL. They sit with a combined record of 2-10.
Dak Prescott and Tyron Smith are done for the season. Dak having broken his ankle and Tyron suffered a severe neck injury. La’El Collins also injured his hip and is done for the 2020 season. Andy Dalton now leads the charge with Ezekiel Elliott, who couldn’t hold on to the football last night, and Amari Cooper.
The Eagles Week 7 matchup against New York will be difficult as they are without so many of their leading players and suffered many more injuries on Sunday. The hope is by Dallas week, players like Jalen Reagor, Miles Sanders, and Dallas Goedert will be healthy enough to return and finally give Carson Wentz some much needed help on offense.
New York is currently running an offense led by Daniel Jones and Devonta Freeman without much else. Their defense is led by safety Jabrill Peppers. The Giants defense has not performed well at all this season. If the Eagles don’t play down to their level the hope is they can pull away with these 2 games.
Right now Carson Wentz and this offense have shown to not shy away from adversity which has been heavily encouraging. These next 3 weeks will decide the Eagles season for better or for worse.
The time to make a statement is now.
Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline USA Today