Eagles Wake-Up Call: Playoff Scenarios

Now that we are officially into Week 14, it’s time to take a peek at some potential playoff scenarios.

Here’s what you need to know going into the final four games.

* The Eagles and Cowboys are tied atop the NFC East at 7-5. Below are their remaining schedules, starting with the Birds.




 
Opponent
Wins
Losses
Week 14vs. Detroit75
Week 15at Minnesota38 (1 tie)
Week 16vs. Chicago66
Week 17at Dallas75
TOTAL2324 (1 tie)

And Dallas:

 
Opponent
Wins
Losses
Week 14at Chicago66
Week 15vs. Green Bay56 (1 tie)
Week 16at Washington39
Week 17vs. Philadelphia75
TOTAL2126 (1 tie)

The Cowboys' opponents have a .447 winning percentage through 12 weeks; the Eagles' have a .489 winning percentage.

* The first division tiebreak is head-to-head record. The only way this comes in to play is if the Eagles enter Week 17 with a one-game lead over the Cowboys. For example, say the Eagles are 9-6 going into that game, and Dallas is 8-7. The Week 17 matchup would be for the division title. The Cowboys won the first meeting, so if they sweep the season series, they'll own the tiebreak. If the Eagles enter the final week one game back, this tiebreak is meaningless.

* The second division tiebreak is division record. Right now, the Cowboys are 4-0 against NFC East opponents. The Eagles are 3-2. That means Dallas' Week 16 matchup against Washington looms large. If the Cowboys win that game, they'll clinch the tiebreak over the Eagles because they'll have more division wins (at least five). In that scenario, the Eagles would have to enter Week 16 tied or ahead of the Cowboys to win the division. If Dallas beats Washington, and the Eagles enter Week 17 one game behind the Cowboys, the finale will be meaningless. Dallas will already have the division wrapped up.

* We won't go into the third division tiebreak yet, but in case you're curious, it's win-loss percentage against common opponents.

* The wild card is not a lost cause. The second-place finisher in the NFC South (either the Panthers or Saints) figures to grab one spot. Both teams have nine wins. But the other wild-card spot is up for grabs. If the season ended today, the 49ers (8-4) would get it. But the Eagles/Cowboys (7-5), Cardinals (7-5), Bears (6-6) and Packers (5-6-1) are in the mix. The Lions (7-5) too if they fall out of first place in the NFC North.

* The firs tiebreak for the wild card is head-to-head record. So if the Eagles were to tie the Cardinals, they would get in. They'll have a chance to win the tiebreak edge over the Bears with a Week 16 victory (and the Lions with a win this week). The second tiebreak is conference record. The Eagles are in pretty good shape there at 6-2.

WHAT YOU MISSED

Game review: Here are 10 observations on the Eagles' offense.

Bruce Arians has sent tape of 15 plays to the league office to be reviewed.

Good news for Nick Foles: Chip Kelly says he'll be the Eagles' QB for the next 1,000 years.

Kelly's focus on tight ends pays off, writes McManus.

Eagles-Cardinals, the day after: Five thoughts, game balls, snap counts and more.

T-Mac on the pick-less Nick.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com defends the Eagles' clock management down the stretch:

There are advantages to not letting the play clock run all the way down to 1. If you let it run down to 1 on every play in clock killing mode, the defense knows exactly when to fire off the ball to stop your run game. If you mix it up, the defense has no idea when you're going to snap it, which keeps them on their heels. One of the great advantages any offense in football has is knowing when the ball will be snapped, while the defense doesn't. By telling the defense exactly when you're snapping the ball, that's a major equalizer. That may sound like "Football 101," and it is.

Paul Domowitch of the Daily News provides his Day-After Dissection:

The Eagles lined up in two-tight end sets on 29 of their 73 (39.7 percent) offensive plays Sunday. The only game that they have used “12’’ personnel more was Oakland (30 of 57 plays). Nick Foles was 9-for-17 for 64 yards and two touchdowns out of two-tight end sets against the Cardinals. He was 12-for-17 for 173 yards and one touchdown with “11’’ personnel (1 running back, 1 tight end, 3 wide receivers). Just three of the nine receptions by tight ends Zach Ertz and Brent Celek came out of two-tight sets. But two of those three went for touchdowns – Ertz’s six-yard scoring catch on the Eagles’ first possession, and Celek’s one-yard TD late in the second quarter.

COMING UP

We'll talk to Billy Davis, Pat Shurmur, Nick Foles and others down at the NovaCare Complex.

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  • Richard Colton

    It’s week 14, let’s “…peek at some potential playoff scenarios” sounds a lot better than “it’s week 10, let’s look at some potential top five draft picks.”

    • nicksaenz1

      Or any of the prior weeks for that matter. Ideally, draft talk and playoff talk should be reserved until December, when there’s a far better idea of the likelihood of either. But, what else would we talk about in between All-22s and Zone Reads?

      • Andy124

        Religion and politics.

      • DirtyWaters

        That weird goiter on my aunt’s neck.

      • Richard Colton

        how bad Patrick Chung is?

        • JofreyRice

          Remember Buddy Ryan’s quote about Jerome? Paraphrased–he basically said that if he had 11 guys like him, he could rule the world. Patrick Chung is the exact opposite of that.

      • BlindChow

        Vick vs. Foles, of course!

        • Richard Colton

          by week 6, you’ll be seeing Barkley. watch any tape available online from Foles’ college games. It’s clear he can’t play.

      • theycallmerob

        I say we hold a Dutch-off. See who can say the most inflammatory, inane, unsupported myth about a player/coach/scheme and defend it ’til death.
        I’ll start-
        It’s a shame Kelly and Davis forced the transition to the 34 2gap right off the bat. So many games blown, especially the first few, by wasting the Second Coming of Warren Sapp and forcing an UDFA into our lineup instead of getting a real DE. Pedigree predicts performance, and no UDFA is good enough for a real stout DL. Graham and Cole continue to be wastes of players at their current spot. Pressure never hits home. RBs and TEs are consistently open, any real QB will take advantage of that in the next few weeks. And of course, the true signal of the franchises’ demise will be looking back on the signing of Berwin to man one of the most important positions. Any team he plays for is automatically out of consideration for play in January.

        • Richard Colton

          Berwin. always makes me chuckle a little. Good try Rob, but it’s not the same. I miss the Dutchman.

          • nicksaenz1

            I do, too. He was so infuriating. Who would have ever thunk we’d be saying how much we miss Dutch from the Delta.

          • Andy124

            I sure don’t. :)

          • G_WallyHunter

            I’ll never forget the time I had him bite on 3 consecutive sarcastic posts, I was baffled, had never seen anything like it.
            Come back, Dutch

        • DirtyWaters

          Or we could play where we write three comments and we guess which two are his and which is the fake.

        • cliff henny

          a Dutchoff till Death-lol, too funny…maybe that’s what happened, he literally over-dutched himself with Foles and Berwin’s play

        • Andy124

          Suggested rule: Foles and Barkley are off limits. Too easy.

          I tried to educate you all, and continue to be validified that the acquisition of Donnie Jones was among the worse moves Howie Roseman could make. His ineptness comes as no surprise anymore. He hasn’t the confidence of a single passenger I rubbed elbows with on the subway.

          Donnie’s left footed spin is simply two easy to read and catch for these right handed returners. I don’t need to look at the stats to know the Eagles lead the league in not producing muffed punts. It’s all there on tape and right there in the scouting report. Why do you think he wasn’t even drafted?
          I’m honestly embarrased for those who seem so happy about his shoddy performance this year, yeasting up the silly downed inside the 20 stat. For you number lovers, how can you defend a punter how can’t even kick it as far as a quarterback? A quarterback still holds this team’s record for the longest punt and that won’t be changing as long as this limp legged imitation of a punter retains the job.

          • theycallmerob

            dang….my next point was going to be that Foles could never have survived a blood bath like the ‘Bama-Auburn brawl. 2 SEC teams going at it, which could easily beat our overhyped group of Pac10 Sallys.
            Foles and this untalented D will be exposed by McCarron at the next level, the cold air reall—— whoops, sorry, too easy

          • Richard Colton

            I wonder if he’s reading these and staying away out of spite

          • Andy124

            I would.

          • Eagles4Life

            LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

          • nicksaenz1

            Damn dude, Rob’s was already challenging enough but you might have topped him. The only thing better would be the return of the Dutch.

          • Andy124

            I’d be honored to earn a tie. Rob’s was genius, plus bonus points for being first. (My favorite part of mine is “validified”).

          • G_WallyHunter

            Ya you both really nailed his vocab and infamous spelling mistakes, oh yea and synonym screw ups and flawless logic, damn
            I wonder if he knows he’s a celebrity on Birds 24/7

          • Andy124

            Makes me sad. I could stop posting today and it wouldn’t leave nearly the impression that Dutch did. LMAO. :)

          • G_WallyHunter

            I wish Vick would reclaim starting spot just so he would return.
            Is that too much to ask for?

          • G_WallyHunter

            this is on point, jeeze, you guys really adopted his writing style to a T

        • nicksaenz1

          Wow, I may have to revert to old Dutch posts in order to out-Dutch you. I’ll be thinking about this over dinner tonight.

  • DirtyWaters

    Win or lose I’m really proud of this team. We won games we would’ve lost the last two years. Just to hear words that have never been spoken before like, “…hit by Kurt Coleman caused the fumble.” or “Interception by Nate Allen!” make this season a success. Thanks Chip.

    • BlindChow

      “Amazing catch and score by Riley Cooper!”

  • Adam

    The only way this comes in to play is if the Eagles enter Week 17 with a one-game lead over the Cowboys.

    Can someone explain this part to me?

    • Andy124

      Because then, if we lose to the Cowboys we’ll have the same final record, but they’ll own the head-to-head tie-breaker.

      If we go in with the same record, the winner of the game wins the division with a better record, no tie-break necessary.

      If we go in trailing by 1 game, and win, then we have the same head-to-head record, so that tie-break won’t come in to play and you go to the division record tie-break.

      • Adam

        Thank you sir

        • Andy124

          Glad to be of service.

      • G_WallyHunter

        Let’s hope Dallas collapses to Chi or GB, rather not go into week 17 tied with those girls, as all of us would rather not, this reminds me of the 2009 season when Dallas and Eagles were fighting at end of season, I believe Eagles clinched the division in week 16 or 17, just like what will happen this year right

        • Andy124

          And is better than Or.

          • G_WallyHunter

            Exactemon, Imagine Dallas collapses to a Rodgered-GB team and in Soldier Field? Then Eags win out? Or not even win out, just go into week 17 2 games up…
            Yeah, dreamy

          • Richard Colton

            as long as they have Romo, a collapse is possible

          • G_WallyHunter

            Ah, as we all expect, please Tony, do your December thing..
            Hate to say it but it really does seem this year will be a different Tony

          • Richard Colton

            remember “let Randall be Randall?” For some reason, “Let Tony be Tony” just popped into my head.

            Last week of the season, 4 minutes to go. Dallas up 3. Strip sack by Berwin. Boykins picks up the fumble and runs it in for a 40 yard score. Kenny, Moose, and Goose are wondering why he was even dropping back to pass with 4 minutes left. As Henery trots on to kick the extra point, camera catches Romo weeping…

          • G_WallyHunter

            I’m too young to remember let Randall be Randall unfortunately.
            Romo weeping on week 17, please, while Dez cries beside him saying “We’re gooder than that Tony!!”

          • BlindChow

            Tony Romo stands alone in his bathroom, staring intently at himself in the mirror.

            “This is the year, Tony Romo,” he tells himself. “This is the year you’re really going to pull it together. This is the year you’re going to take that team onto your back and lead them straight into the playoffs, where you will claim your birthright, like your father, and his father before him.”

            The doorbell rings.

            It’s Fletcher Cox.

          • DirtyWaters

            I love this piece except for one major flaw. Tony Romo has no mirrors in his home. He cannot stand the sight of his own jerk face.

          • BlindChow

            Unlike Tom Brady, who’s house is ALL mirrors.

          • Michael Deen

            If I was married to Gisele, my house would be nothing but mirrors too….

        • Maggie

          As both teams play Chicago, those games might be the difference. Don’t believe the Bears are quite done just yet. And Minnesota might look like a total loser, but don’t ever count out AD.

          • G_WallyHunter

            Ya hoping the Bears homefield is what makes the difference, Dallas loses at soldier and Bears lose at the Linc.

  • evanphilly

    I can see the Cowboys losing to Chicago, but if the rumors are true, and the Pack decide to sit Rodgers, then that should be an easy victory for the ‘Boys. So 2-1 for Dallas and 2-1 for the good guys, and that last game will be awesome!

    • cliff henny

      that Dallas team, especially due to defense, wont have any easy wins. Romo starts throwing it to the wrong team, they can lose to anyone.

    • Maggie

      If Dallas and Philly have the same record in next 3 games, the last game will mean nothing within the division. Dallas wins automatically, remember? It might have a great deal of importance as far as the wild card is concerned, though.

      • Andy124

        Maybe I’m a little confused?

        We currently have the same record. If we have the same record over the next three, then we’ll go in to the last game of the season with the same record. The team that wins that game finishes with the better record and wins the division. It means everything.

  • Scott J

    Watched the Seahawks game last night. Can you imagine Russell Wilson running Kelly’s offense? I like Nick, but, Wilson would be awesome.

    • Coatesvillain

      I love everything he does on the football field. It just seems like he was born to play QB.

    • G_WallyHunter

      seems like he has the same quality of decision making and football IQ (or very close to), then with those legs, jeeze, not to mention his deep ball is probably better than Nick’s, maybe just as accurate but with much more zip

      • Coatesvillain

        His deep ball is much more accurate than Nick’s. Pretty sure I saw he has (one of) the highest completion percentages on deep throws.

        • G_WallyHunter

          Ya can see that, drafted to MLB that’s the kind of zip you bring to the NFL

    • Richard Colton

      Story out of Eagles camp this summer was about how the FO loved Foles and Wilson. Not a Foles vs. Wilson camp, the same scouts had great things to say about each. How great would it be if 10 years from now, two of the thee best QBs in the ’12 draft weren’t taken until the 3rd round?

    • Token

      Guess im biased, but I wanted no part of another sub 6 foot guy running the show.

      • BlindChow

        Johnny Football is only 36 inches tall!

        • Andy124

          Wait till the combine, it’ll only be 35.5 inches.

        • theycallmerob

          15″ hands

      • Brandon Boykin, OLB

        Yeah you are. That sub 6 foot guy six foot guy is running his show into the top seed in the NFC.

      • aub32

        So no part of a QB who hasn’t lost at home in….ever? Or a guy who has a good arm, quick feet, protects himself, and a sharp mind? Yes I’d say you’re biased and a bit crazy to boot.

        • Adam

          WANTED. Key word. Past tense. Just like every other team who passed on him twice. I doubt there’s a team in the league that wouldn’t want him now.

        • BlindChow

          Well, if he also gets to pick the home stadium…

        • Token

          Good player. But also has THE best home field advantage in all of sports while also having one of the best defenses in recent memory.

          Sorry, Im not upset we dont have him. It doesnt keep me up at night

          Not saying the kid isnt really good.

          Hes a good fit for that team. But I think a lot of QBs would be. He is in probably the best situation in football.

          • cliff henny

            agree, alot to like, but was put in an incredible situation. plus, has that defense, can call conservative plays and erase any mistakes.

          • aub32

            so are you telling me he wouldn’t thrive under Chip Kelly? He’s a really good decision maker. Has really good arm and can run. What if anything would lead you to believe he couldn’t play here?

          • Token

            Maybe he would, who knows. I know Foles is playing well for Kelly and im excited about that. Id guess Chip would have him running around a lot, which is a negative to me. Im kind of happy that Foles sort of forces Kelly out of running the QB a lot. That is a dumb idea in the NFL.

            I remember Seattle beating a good Saints team a couple years ago during the playoffs in Seattle. With I think Tavaris Jackson at QB. Maybe it was some other bum, I cant remember.

            Sorry I cant get more upset we dont have him. Hes been a good player, cant say he hasnt. But of all players the Eagles have passed on he ranks pretty low on my chart.

      • Andy124

        I too, care a lot about height in a QB. But there are two guys who make it a complete non-factor. Both of them played last night.

      • JofreyRice

        Really? I’d take Wilson over Luck or RG3. I really, really like the way Wilson plays the game.

        • Token

          Over Luck no I wouldnt. And tho I didnt expect it, yea Id take him over RG3 right now. RG3 is a shell of himself, and appears to be a bit of a headcase as well which is something I didnt see coming at all.

          Tho, I hope Shanny stays for years to come.

          What would Luck do in that situation in Seattle? Its just really tough to compare I think. He walked into the best situation he possibly could. He rarely ever has a game on his shoulders.

    • aub32

      I was hoping we drafted Wilson last year, but after seeing this offense I’m trying desperately to build a time machine.

      • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

        Could you imagine any of the young guys in this offense – Luck/Kaep/Cam/Wislon/even a healthy RG3 – we’d own the East for years and years to come. lol Aw well…

        • theycallmerob

          we’d own the East for years and years to come

          too easy :)
          Chip Kelly on Nick Foles: He’s our starting QB for the next 1,000 years
          http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/24315279/chip-kelly-on-nick-foles-hes-our-starting-qb-for-the-next-1000-years

          • Richard Colton

            Wislon would be unstoppable in this offense.

          • Token

            I think hed likely have been injured severely by now.

          • Richard Colton

            Wilson? maybe. Wislon however, cannot be stopped

        • Richard Colton

          24 is old? The player you refuse to cheer for is having a better season than all five QBs you named. Seriously, what would it take to get you on the Foles Train? Other than a name change to “Vick.”

          • BlindChow

            The Foles Train is a death trap that will destroy the lives of everyone on board! GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN!

        • Token

          I can only imagine how itd be. They would probably start out the season with 19 TDs and 0 INTs and have the Eagles controlling their own destiny for the division title………….. o wait.

          I do like how you slipped Luck in there. Lol. You are not at all transparent.

      • Andy124

        FYI, your use of the word desperately could easily be interpreted as you being desperate to replace Foles. I don’t want to run with that, just want to point it out. You can give a crap or not. :)

        For the record, as if it wasn’t already obvious, I also have an EXTREMELY high opinion of Russell Wilson. But personally, I’m not remotely “desperate” to replace Mr. Foles with anybody.

    • pjcostello

      Chew on this one: IF we drafted Russell Wilson, odds are that our head coach would still be Andy Reid, and not Chip Kelly.

      • cliff henny

        think? Vick was still firmly 1, and Wilson would not have looked that much better than Foles, maybe little with legs. have to also consider if reid would have created offense around wilson like carroll did/has, seeing how he crammed vick into pocket. i doubt much would have played out differently, including vick winning in spring training ths year. i bet vick would give peyton manning a run for his money in camps. vick is just such an all-world athlete, tough to be better than him in shorts and shells.

        • pjcostello

          I think — just my opinion — that Lurie would have given Reid the chance to mold the young QB, particularly if he showed some ability when he hit the field.

          • cliff henny

            by time foles hit field, reid was basically lame duck coach. think wilson would have beaten out vick in camp? i dont, not that i dont think wilson is better today, but that it was reid’s last stand and he was all-in with vick.

          • anon

            Yeah Vick is no Matt Flynn

          • pjcostello

            What can I say? Yes, I think he would’ve beaten out Vick in camp because Reid really wanted him to do so. Recall how badly Reid wanted to draft Wilson.

          • cliff henny

            take 99% of draft talk as fluff…like poyer was ranked in 2nd. Reid also gushed over foles and kolb.
            .
            have difficult time thinking reid, who knew he was on last legs, just had gm/drafting duties taken away, and would have started 3rd rd rookie over Vick?
            .
            interesting premise, i just cant get there with you.

      • BlindChow

        Every draft choice is a product of circumstance. Just because they turn out one way on one team, doesn’t mean they’ll become exactly that on another.

        Players don’t develop in a vacuum.

      • Maggie

        Nooooo. Russell Wilson would be Geno Smith under Reid and Marty.

  • Coatesvillain

    49ers play the Seahawks this week. Panthers and Saints play twice. Wild Card is definitely in play for the Eagles.

  • Rage114

    It should be pointed out that the SF conference record is 5-3 right now. And since the Eagles do not play SF, this will the come into play.

    If the Eagles beat the Lions and SF loses to Seattle, the conference records will be 7-2 and 5-4 respectively…a comfortable two game lead on the last WC spot.

  • DEBO 215

    The Saints still have to play Carolina twice, the Niners’ still have to play Seattle again…There are a number of scenarios that would involve the Eagles being able to make the playoffs. None of them matter if they keep winning. They control their own fate and outside of Detroit, will likely be favored the rest of the way out.
    Every game they play at this point is the biggest game of their season. I personally think they will win out and take the division, even though the last game against Dallas will be completely meaningless. I think Dallas loses to Chicago this week and gets upset by the Redskins. We will see.

    • BlindChow

      I don’t think the Redskins will be upsetting anyone the rest of this year except their fans.

      • DEBO 215

        Week 16, in Washington…I can see them winning that game.
        There’s also the outside chance that “Discount Double-Check” comes back the week before and if that happens, Dallas gets blown out.

  • southy

    I didn’t see any issues with the clock management per se (other than the fact that our plays were unsuccessful). We were in a scenario where it actually didn’t make sense to run down the clock. I’ll explain.

    There are ~3 minutes to go and the Cards have a pair of timeouts and the 2 min warning. That is AGES to march down the field in a hurry up and score. You want to run down the clock ONLY IF YOU CONVERT FOR A NEW SET OF DOWNS. If you don’t convert, you’re more worried about getting the ball back than you are about time expiring on the Cards before they score. Passing the ball makes perfect sense in this scenario, as a completed pass still keeps the clock running.

    • DEBO 215

      I agree. The only play I took issue with was having Foles throw it on the last third down. There was about a minute left and the Cards were out of timeouts. I think in that situation, you run the ball and wind down the clock then kick the FG. Make it a TD to win for them and leaves them with like 30 seconds and 0 timeouts to get it.

  • EaglePete

    Nobody brings up all this “live game” practice this team now has in holding onto a lead and running out the clock or rather the 4 min offense etc. It can only help in the long run since we all keep expecting this to bite them at some point, the lack of 2nd half adjustments and stalled offense. The flip side is knowing how to work the clock.

    I think the Minn game is a trap game. Although Ponder being hurt helps if he stays hurt? They are a better team right now. It will be a wacky ending to the season as usual, expect the unexpected.

    • pjcostello

      I might agree, but — Chip Kelly has this team playing lights-out on the road, and I like the Eagles’ team speed on the indoor fast-track in Minnesota.

  • jtre

    If we win out we’re in. But there are a few scenarios where if we go 3-1 down the stretch and finish 10-6 we would not make it. This is what I’m worried about the most unfortunately.

    • Justin

      I’m expecting Dallas to finish 8-8. We have a real shot at finishing 10-6 or 11-5.

      • jtre

        As much as I hate Dallas, they will probably finish 9-7 at the worst, and that would be our best case scenario. Last 4 games are Bears, Packers, Redskins, and us. They should beat the Bears and Skins, and now there are rumors that the Packers might sit Rodgers for the rest of the season.

        • cliff henny

          on paper, really does seem Dallas will go 2-1 or 3-0, doesnt really matter, both means Eagles need next 3. then, sit back and remember it’s not 1 or 2 choking games by Romo, but 3 or 4 Decembers. hopefully Eagles just take care of business, and keep the pressure mounting on that ticking timebomb in Dallas.

          • theycallmerob

            the only thing besides Romo is, how healthy is DAL at this point? I just saw they lost the backup RB Dunbar for the year. Are their OL guys coming back? Has Austin’s hammy exploded yet? DL any good?

          • cliff henny

            not very, not even sure it matters much on their garbage defense, but sean lee is due back. both Austin and Murray are walking injuries. Murray gets up checking body parts now, he’s so used to being banged up. and then we have Dez, talented, but he isnt all there. keep the w’s coming, get the pressure cooker going, just a matter of time till he has a meltdown.

          • anon

            Sean Lee their MLB is back — that’s probably the most important thing

          • theycallmerob

            dang, he’s their best. thought it was hilarious they got Waters at G, old but still their best, then he went down….man I hate the cowboys so much.
            also want to see someone level that little WR beasley, his clutch plays really starting to piss me off

      • Maggie

        It is very possible that the Bears aren’t quite done yet. Let’s hope they give one last (winning) gasp with Dallas and not with Philly.

  • nceagles

    Sheil, I don’t think it’s possible for the Eagles to win any tiebreakers over the cowboys. If both teams finish with the same record, the Cowboys will always hold either the head to head, divisional, or common opponent tiebreaker, depending on how the games play out. Birds will need to win the division outright in order to win it.

    • jtre

      you’re right, i just tried to do it on the NFL playoff machine on espn and its impossible. If we finish the season with the same record as the Cowboys we have to hope for a wildcard spot

      • nceagles

        Maybe if there were a tie, but then they don’t have the same record anyway…

        • cliff henny

          really stinks that the Barkley games may end up costing playoff spot.

          • nicksaenz1

            Foles haters will never let the first Dallas game go if this happens.

          • Andy124

            Fortunately, I’ve graduated from annoyance to amusement.

    • Southwest

      Best thing to do is just win the last 4 games. Eagles’ 11-5 trumps Dallas’ 10-6 (at best). It’s not too much to wish for, is it?

      • jtre

        Yea that’s the best case scenario. But knowing our luck i have a feeling we might lose 1. And at 10-6 we could be knocked out of the playoffs -_-

  • cloisterwater

    Anybody catch Ashley Fox’s latest period-induced rant about Chip Kelly. She devotes an entire article to one play to prove that Kelly thinks he’s smarter than everybody else. It’s pretty comical.

    • Maggie

      I don’t much like Ashley Fox myself, but I like your tired old repetition of your grandfather’s “joke” about my gender even less. Funny, when you dislike a male writer’s opinion, you don’t make any reference to his bodily functions, other than his brainfreeze.

  • Southwest

    Prop bet of the day:

    Romo to choke by week 16. Whaddya got?

    I am going under. Don’t let me down Tone!