Eagles Wake-Up Call: Updated Playoff Scenarios

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

An already tremendous football weekend for Eagles fans got even better Monday night as the Cowboys got manhandled by the Bears, 45-28.

That means the Birds (8-5) are now in sole possession of first place in the NFC East going into the final three games.


Here is the Eagles' remaining schedule:

 
Opponent
Wins
Losses
Week 15at Minnesota39 (1 tie)
Week 16vs. Chicago76
Week 17at Dallas76
TOTAL1721 (1 tie)

And the Cowboys':

 
Opponent
Wins
Losses
Week 15vs. Green Bay66 (1 tie)
Week 16at Washington310
Week 17vs. Philadelphia85
TOTAL1721 (1 tie)

Remaining opponents for both teams have identical records: 17-21-1.

Let's take a look at the nine potential scenarios that could unfold in the next two weeks. With five of them, the Week 17 game will still determine the division winner:

1. Both teams go 2-0.

The Eagles would enter Week 17 with a one-game lead. But with a victory in the finale, the Cowboys would own the first tiebreak, which is head-to-head record. Dallas already won the first meeting and would have a sweep with another victory.

2. Both teams go 1-1.

Same explanation as previous scenario.

3. Both teams go 0-2.

Once again, same explanation.

4. Eagles go 1-1; Cowboys go 2-0.

The teams would have the same record going into the finale, and that game would determine the division winner.

5. Eagles go 0-2; Cowboys go 1-1.

Same deal as previous scenario.

***

There are three scenarios in which the Eagles could have the division wrapped up going into that Week 17 game:

6. Eagles go 2-0; Cowboys go 1-1.

The finale would be meaningless. The Eagles would have a two-game lead going into that game, and the division would already be locked up.

7. Eagles go 1-1; Cowboys go 0-2.

Same as the previous scenario. The Eagles would enter the finale with a two-game lead and the division clinched.

8. Eagles go 2-0; Cowboys go 0-2.

Same idea as previous two scenarios. Only in this case, the Eagles would enter the finale with a three-game lead.

***

And finally, there is one nightmare scenario for the Eagles in which they would be out of division contention going into that game.

9. Eagles go 0-2; Cowboys go 2-0.

Week 17 would be meaningless. The Eagles would enter the finale one game back, and the Cowboys would own the tiebreak (division record).

We'll get to wild-card scenarios at a later time, but right now the Panthers (9-4) and 49ers (9-4) are both a game up on the Eagles for those spots.

WHAT YOU MISSED

A position-by-position game review of how the Eagles' offense performed vs. Detroit.

T-Mac takes a look at Chip Kelly and the big-play concept.

Football and snow: Some great photos here from Sunday's game.

Nick Foles adapts and survives in the elements, writes McManus.

Kelly adjusts gameplan, O-Line dominates, five leftovers, snap counts and more.

"I will remember this game always." Details on the scene at the Linc.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Adrian Peterson is unlikely to play Sunday against the Eagles, according to Ryan Goessling of ESPN.com:

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will not need surgery on his sprained right foot, but is unlikely to play on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Peterson sustained a mid-foot sprain in the second quarter on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, as linebacker Arthur Brown tackled him while he tried to stretch for a first down. X-rays were negative on Peterson's foot, a MRI showed no structural damage or risk of a Lisfranc injury, and Peterson said on Monday afternoon he planned to play Sunday. But he was still scheduled to undergo a CT scan on his foot, and the Vikings planned to send the results of Peterson's medical exams to a foot specialist.

Tommy Lawlor of IgglesBlitz.com tries to evaluate how good the Eagles are:

Before the season I predicted 8 or 9 wins. I saw a good coach, enough talent for him to work with and a soft schedule. I did not envision the offense doing amazing things. I did not envision the defense going 9 straight games without allowing an opponent to score 21 points. Chip Kelly and his staff have done an amazing job.

Time will tell us just how good the Eagles truly are, but I do think it is time to accept the fact that this is a good team.

COMING UP

We'll hear from Pat Shurmur, Billy Davis and the players. Also, a special Tuesday edition of Birds 24/7 on 97.5 The Fanatic. We'll be at Smiths in Center City from 6 to 7 if you want to stop on by.

** Note: Wake-Up Call was posted early today to get the playoff scenarios out there.

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  • BQNinja

    Few things are better than seeing the Cowboys get embarrassed on national television.

    • Johnny Domino

      Christmas comes early

    • Scott J

      Coming in 2nd: Watching RG3 and the Shanny brothers implode.

      • Maggie

        Watching the Giants skid downhill is very heartwarming too.

  • Chris

    GOTTA LOVE THIS FEELING! Odds in our favor to win division, enjoying Romo explain another December loss, meaningful playoff caliber football, a team outperforming expectations. Regardless of what happens, this has been an enjoyable season, but I’ll tell you what, I’d bet no NFC team right now is itching to play the eagles in Philly in the playoffs. Who would’ve thought.

    • G_WallyHunter

      Let’s say Eagles get 3rd seed. Would you rather Cam Newton and that D? or Capernic and that D? I think Chip will shred either one, but I’d probably rather Cam. He seems much more suited to crack under pressure, and the SF team is basically the exact same as last years SB team, few D pieces changed on the back end. add beast Boldin.

      • Greg Rosen

        niners all day

        • G_WallyHunter

          Either way, both beast Ds on the road, we saw how Panthers D played on the road last night, even though it was the superdome, this is the Linc. Tough choice there. Such similar teams.

          • Greg Rosen

            by on the road you mean at home?

          • G_WallyHunter

            I mean if my above scenario was to play out, where SF and CAR also get the wildcards, then one of them would be coming to the Linc wild card weekend. Which D is worse on the road. Tough choice there

          • Greg Rosen

            gotcha, I would take the west coast team traveling as a tiebreaker. Plus I think that the niners O is worse. I’m not a believer in Kap.

          • G_WallyHunter

            YA really tough, at least it’s a good thing they’d have to deal with Philly crowd either way. I can see Kap cracking just as easily as Cam. West coast traveling east and playing in the cold is a huge factor. Damn

          • Maggie

            Perhaps it wasn’t cold, but they did beat Atlanta last year.

          • theycallmerob

            ATL=dome

          • G_WallyHunter

            Yup, in a dome, give em credit for winning on the road, but was in a nice warm dome. I’d love to see a snow blizzard again and have the niners come to the Linc, now that would be a game. Kap would freeze like a little girl.

          • Chris

            Good point about west coast traveling and weather

        • Maggie

          Even without considering Kap, they still have Davis and Gore and Harbaugh

      • Chris

        Man that’s tough. Both inexperienced but potentially explosive qbs. Both good D’s. I’d say cam as well since niners have more experience in postseason and I think gore is a tougher task than the trio from Carolina.

        • G_WallyHunter

          Ya exactly, what I’d say too. Can see Cam cracking and crashing at the Linc while their run game can’t do anything, can picture it now.
          Must temper hopes here, we all know better as Eagles fans.

      • aub32

        I’d rather face Cam but not for the reasons you mentioned. The return of Crabtree isn’t getting enough attention. Kaep has had a down season compared to last year, and I personally think that has to do with him missing his favorite target. Crabtree looked decent Sunday and should be nearly back to full strength in a month when we would see them. Car also just lost Jonathan Stewart for the season and doesn’t have any weapons outside of Steve Smith. Also, though their front 7 is good the back 4 lacks talent and can be taken advantage if the O line can hold up, which they have done well during this win streak.

        • G_WallyHunter

          Great extra reasoning yea, I want Cam, Crabtree and Davis with Boldin are just Scary (and Gore), keeping defenses aside

        • Eagles4Life

          Absolutely agree with you. I think you could scheme up a lot better for that Carolina team more than you would San Fran, BUT I will say Kaep has been more of a one read QB than Cam has this season. I think we could shock either team.

          • aub32

            Kaep has only had one guy to go to though. Davis has been hurt his fair share as well. To be honest I was hoping CAR could sweep the Saints and possibly make them the 6th seed. I’d love to play Brees outside of that dome. If we do play well enough to make it out of the first round, that’s where we would head next.

        • theycallmerob

          All of this.
          Plus, they looked soft against us in preseason :) <—-smiley, aub

          • aub32

            lol funny thing is I guarantee you I would have missed that smiley had it not been for the arrow

      • Justin

        Neither team worries me too much. We’ve managed to beat a few pretty damn good defenses these last few weeks. Only defense that worries me is the Seattle Holders.

    • Maggie

      There is no way you can lay the Cowboys loss at Romo’s feet. The entire team stunk! And it is the DEFENSE that is supposed to stop other teams. Other than seeing injuries, I thoroughly enjoyed the game, but try to be fair. Fly, Eagles.

      • knighn

        While what you say may be technically correct, defending Romo makes it sound like you have sympathy or pity for a Dallas Cowboy. That is unacceptable for any Eagles fan, regardless of gender. We have nothing but hate and disdain for every Dallas Cowboy.

        It is much more acceptable to say:
        Dallas Sucks!
        Romo Sucks!
        The Dallas Defense Sucks too!

        • Johnny Domino

          Don’t forget Jerrah, he sucks too.

          • knighn

            He does suck, which makes him the perfect Owner and GM of the Dallas Cowboys. I love how he spent a Billion dollars on that oversized toilet. It doesn’t matter how big or fancy your toilet is, Jerry. It still ends up full of shit.

          • Steven Terrel

            fantastic!!!

          • theycallmerob

            May he live forever and ever. Amen

          • Max Lightfoot

            Well, we know that Jerry will be back, Tony Romo will be back and so will Jason Garrett. And so will their bloated payroll. Jerry said he was doing such a great job as an owner that’s he’s rewarding himself by returning! Wahahahahahaha!

        • Maggie

          FYI, I started intensely disliking the cowboys the first time I heard “America’s Team”. I do, however, admire talent, wherever it is found. Wouldn’t you have liked to have Ware on your DL the last few years? Way back, I wouldn’t have minded Drew Pearson catching a few passes for my team. In fact, as much as it pains me to say it, my favourite CFL team just promoted their DBs coach to defensive coordinator, and HE used to be a Cowboy! Oh, the horror!

      • Chris

        My post wasn’t faulting Romo for the loss at all; the Cowboys D gives up scores on the first 8 straight possessions, that loss is on the D. Instead, I was enjoying watching Romo struggle to explain another December loss on national TV while trying not to blame his D. Nothing unfair about that.

      • Richard Colton

        Damn it Maggie, we’ve been over this. Romo = choke. If you feel like you need to blame the team too, by all means. Never absolve Romo until he takes off the star.

      • Andy124

        What you’re saying is perfectly reasonable. However, when it comes to Dallas, I encourage our fans to check their objectivity at the door. Join us Maggie. Romo sucks. Embrace the subjective reality in all of its glory. :)

        • Maggie

          lol.

    • Andy124

      Spoke to a Cardinals fan last night. He was looking for scencarios where the Cardinals could grab that 6th seed and so hoping for Eagles losses. I pointed out that Dallas has more opportunities to lose and is more likely to do so. He said he wants no part of going to Philly to play the Eagles in round 1. They’d much rather go to the amusement park in Dallas and have a free pass to the second round.

      • Chris

        I think i’d feel the same way, trying to put myself in their shoes. Dallas is a very neutral site.

  • GP

    Shiel, I think scenario 4 and 5 are wrong? Dallas would have a better division record even if we split with them for 4 and for 5 their loss would have to be against the redskins.

    • Justin

      Scenarios 4 and 5 would have both teams enter Week 17 at 9-6. Winner would make the playoffs at 10-6, loser would finish 9-7. Divisional record wouldn’t matter.

    • Jim Ball

      Agreed, GP. If Dallas does NOT lose to the Redskins, then Dallas wins in Tiebreaker #2. If Dallas does lose to the Redskins, I’m not sure which tiebreaker decides the division winner.

      TO BREAK A TIE WITHIN A DIVISION

      If, at the end of the regular season, two or more clubs in the same division finish with identical won-lost-tied percentages, the following steps will be taken until a champion is determined.
      Two Clubs
      Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs).
      Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
      Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
      Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
      Strength of victory.
      Strength of schedule.
      Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
      Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
      Best net points in common games.
      Best net points in all games.
      Best net touchdowns in all games.
      Coin toss

      • theycallmerob

        There is no tiebreaker the eagles win; outright or bust. Sheil, and Justin above, are correct

      • macadood

        lol coin toss. what are the odds of that ever happening

      • jtre

        We lose this scenario to percentage in common games. The Cowboys own the first 3 tie breakers against us if it makes it to that scenario. We finish with a better record than the boys we’re fine. If we finish with the same record they get in unfortunately

  • Cyrus Robinson

    In other words, Sheil wants to sleep in… lol
    Scenario 6 seems to be the most likely scenario. Yes the Bears just took it to the Cowboys, but honestly they didn’t seem that impressive. In fact, it makes the Cowboys look bad enough where it is now fathomable that they lose to the Redskins and go 0-2. If the Cowboys can’t stop McCown, they have no chance against a rusty Aaron Rodgers.
    This is a really exciting time to be an Eagles fan.

    • G_WallyHunter

      Sheil sleeps in, we get an early wake-up call, hey it’s a win-win

  • Maggie

    Don’t want to brag, but I did say the Bears weren’t done. Just hope they are now. It’s the Eagles turn next, remember.

    • UKEagle99

      Nope, you are getting a week ahead of yourself there. We’re @ Vikings. Bears @ Browns…

      • Richard Colton

        Lions? and Vikings? and Bears? ohh my.

  • theycallmerob

    Beautiful end to da weekend….thanks coach ditka!

    • RIP illa

      Dude, why do you have a pic of Gimli as your avatar??? JK. The gif of that pic is awe inspiring.

      • theycallmerob

        Thanks man. Kelce may have some dwarf blood in him….I didn’t shave all movember, barely had half that length. He’s my idol

  • Beastmode

    Nfl network replaying birds game@ 2pm today.
    Oh, and the Pet Shop Boys think they can make a playoff run without playing defense, huh? Dallas sucks!

  • cloisterwater

    I love the fact that the Eagles only have to go 1-1 now at worst. Odds are the NFC East will come down to week 17 again, and I like the Birds’ chances. One thing Goodell did right was to schedule division games to end the season.

  • knighn

    And here are my Updated Playoff Scenarios:
    1. Dallas Sucks
    2. Dallas Sucks
    3. Dallas Sucks
    4. Dallas Sucks
    5. Dallas Sucks
    6. Dallas Sucks
    7. Dallas Sucks
    8. Dallas Sucks
    9. Dallas Sucks

    WHAT YOU MISSED
    Dallas Sucks

    WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
    DALLAS SUCKS!

    COMING UP
    DALLAS SUCKS!!

    • cliff henny

      best part is, cap is so f’d up, the team you saw last night is basically same that’ll be out there next 2 yrs. steve young saying he thought they’d make a run in playoffs…what defense was he watching. hope Eagles have 3rd sead wrapped and resting starters week 17, but i’d love healthy foles and kelly to get another shot at that defense.

      • knighn

        In my mind, this is the best the Cowboys will be in the next few years. It is simply unfathomable and unacceptable that they have a record over 500 right now.
        Dallas Sucks.

        • cliff henny

          unless jones drafts like ozzie newsome on steroids next 3 seasons, yup, this is their window-thru 2015, then all hell breaks loose. romo’s contract will be reworked (thru ’19-he’ll be 39) this off-season, gets them thru 2014. he probably has 2 more really good yrs (personally think he’s good, wish he played for someone else so i could enjoy him…think they expect too much out of him. he’s 7-10 level qb, not top 4, and there lies the issue with his play). by ’16, it’s a disaster, romo’s aging, older underperforming players have huge dead money. jones gm’g.
          .
          2nd half of this decade is going to be a bunch of kelly led eagles curb-stopping cowboys!

          • theycallmerob

            Curb stomp. The rest is gold :)

          • cliff henny

            thnx…spell check…guess i need to type it more to recognize it. someone should photo shop kelly in place of ed norton and have jerrah biting curb…’say goodnight…MF’R!’

          • Andy124

            Fantastic.

          • knighn

            In spite of some “clutch” regular season wins, I generally think Romo is a choker. I think he is OK in the regular season and then just gets worse in big games. I mean, there is a long history of the Cowboys and Romo disappearing in big games… and not just playoff games.

            So, for the Dallas Cowboys, what reason would they have to have faith in that team? They’ve got a choker at QB, and total jokes at HC and owner. The DC is ancient and the defense is even worse than last season.

            I see a scenario where the Eagles win next two weeks and the Cowboys lose against GB, play against Wash, who will be playing Cousins, and they lose that game too in a total suck-fest. Dallas is a no-character / low-character team and they just suck.

          • cliff henny

            far from me to defend romo, but he’s like stafford to me. these guys are good, not great, but get paid and asked to consistantly play like manning brees brady rodgers, and they just arent. why i really liked kelly’s hiring, i hope his ease of system lowers eagles need for chasing franchise qb. paying qb 7m for 18-20m production, is a game-changer. and a coach who realizes what he really has. wont complain if foles turns into rodgers, but dont think he has to for kelly to win big, like almost every other team needs.

          • knighn

            I believe that Foles, if he plays at the level you are forecasting, is still going to command that upper echelon money. Chip Kelly may get better production out of “lesser QBs”, but it doesn’t mean those “lesser QBs” (and their agents) are going to want to take “lesser money”… and in a league that is always looking for QBs, he’ll get big money, somewhere, especially if he produces at the level where you think he will produce.

            As for Romo: there is no defending or excusing him. He is a Cowboy. He is despicable.

          • cliff henny

            foles is under control at least 2 more yrs, and then the 1st extension should be reasonable. while doing all that, kelly could have 3 or 4 yrs+ to groom another guy. agree with what you are saying, but the true game-changer that kelly could be, is de-emphasising the qb position. if eagles can pay 10m to foles, still handsome figure, while everyone else pays 20m, for similaar production, that’s huge.

          • aub32

            Why do you think Foles will settle on 10 million? Why do you think any QB that’s not some FA fill in would take that money. Young got 5 million to be a backup. Flynn made 10 million for one game. Kolb made more than that. I don’t get your logic.

          • cliff henny

            just tossing a figure out. look how kelly talks about rodgers, and gb having all their eggs in his basket. the spread offense has really lessened the learning curve vs pocket qbs lke flacco ryan. imagine the competitive advanage if eagles can roll with young cheap qbs. it’s great if you pop a rodgers, but i just hate payng the staffords river romos of the nfl, if i’m the eagles.
            .
            if a team is lookng to get a competitive advantage, qb position and money allocation is great place to start. seattle with wilson, indy/luck sf/kaep. it’s so huge. the only issue wth the nfl is about 12 teams are 1 rolled up knee away from green baying it this yr. it’s purely hypothetical, but if kelly could solve this, eagles would be in great position. was 4/ at oregon and 2/2 already in philly. look at belicheck’s defense, he pays no one, really only brady gets paid on that team. 52 names change every year it seems, they win 12-13 games. just different side of the ball.

          • Andy124

            But what if this offense isn’t that plug and play? What if it looks that way because of Foles? Are we really going to take that chance? I don’t think it’s plausible unless Foles misses significant time and we see a backup step in and not miss a beat.

          • cliff henny

            looked great under vick. issue was vick being 33 injured and had 15 yrs of bad habits. technically, foles is the guy stepping in and not missing a beat. have to remember, there’s really good spread qbs coming out in droves yearly now. the beauty of the spread is the lessening of learning curve(cam, kaep, wilson). instead of grooming pocket guys for 3 or 4 yrs only to figure out they aint it. give kelly 2 or 3 yrs behind scenes to groom a guy. i’m not saying the qb wont be the most important position on the field, it always will, but kelly’s genuis is creating qbs, every stop, including here. not writing foles’ ticket out of town, but if in 3 yrs he wants kolb money, and kelly looks at end of bench and says, ‘yeah, for 700k and have 7 well paid weapons, we’ll get it done’…that is a game-changer. it’s all if and hypotheticals, just look at romo and that f’n contract, along with about 7 other teams overpaying qbs. how many times does he say you need 2, that lends me to believe he isnt going to pay 1 guy 18m and another 1m. but, who knows?

          • aub32

            I think the advantage lies in having a comprable backup, not getting a QB for cheap. Kelly has said since day 1 that you need 2 QBs. That’s why I have never closed the door on us taking a QB early if the right guy is there. However, that doesn’t mean the starter isn’t going to get paid. Wilson, Kaep, Luck, Cam, and others will command the big money soon enough, and their respective teams will pay them. They have to. It’s a QB league. The real advantage isn’t for winning teams. Losing teams benefit because they no longer have to spend so much on an early round pick QB that leaves them unable to build an already bad team. Our advantage will be that if Foles ever goes down the backup will be prepared. I highly doubt Kelly will want to get new kids to teach every few seasons. This isn’t college. Also, having money doesn’t necessarily mean you will field the best team. We spent a boatload in FA in 2011. How’d that work out? Get a good QB. Keep him. Draft the BPA, and fill in the (hopefully) few remaining holes with a FA here and there. Top that off with good coaching and we will be fine.

          • knighn

            This is the ultimate “we will see”. Not sure that the Eagles can “plug and play” just any QB. Certainly didn’t work with Matt Barkley. For all of the criticism Vick gets, he is still a very good QB and an outstanding athlete.

            And while the Eagles use some spread concepts, they also mix in a number of West Coast concepts. There is also a lot to be said for continuity at the QB position. If memory serves me correctly, most of the QBs who have won a Super Bowl in the last 20+ years were in the NFL at least 3-4 years before they won the big game.

            Believe me: this is something that I have considered thoroughly. It would be fascinating if Kelly could build a team more like a college style (rotating key players ever 3 to 4 years) as opposed to they typical Pro style (franchise players that can last 8 or more years). It would be even more fascinating if Kelly could win Super Bowls with such a system. I just think that there are many obstacles to making that reality, including the requirements of the current CBA. The NFL is built on franchise players and on continuity. Though, as we said: we will see.

          • aub32

            I agree. The notion that Foles is going to take less money than what he can get based on production is crazy and based on nothing. Players are putting their health and future on the line. They can be cut at any time. They will and should want every dollar they can get, especially a guy like Foles who will have made very little money for a starting QB of a playoff contender.

          • Andy124

            I think what cliff is getting at is that the Eagles would have more leverage than other teams in the negotiations. His theory being that if Foles doesn’t sign a contract that puts the Eagles at a competative advantage, they’re much more able than most to replace him with a cheaper model and preserve that cap advantage.

            I think if Foles puts up franchise numbers he’ll get franchise money, system be damned.

          • aub32

            I feel that Kelly can get production out of any QB. So I get that point. However, the only way Foles remains the QB two years from now and we are even having this discussion is if he wins. If Foles wins there’s no leverage to be had. QBs get paid. That’s the game. You don’t simply jettison a winning QB because the price tag is too high. No team does that.

          • Andy124

            No argument in principle here. (Sure we could debate all day about the nitty gritty details of what decides how much a QB gets paid).

          • theycallmerob

            On the plus side, right as Foles is coming up for a contract some of the other big #s (Shady, DJax, Peters, Celek, Demeco, Cole, Sconces) will already be gone or on their way out. Not a lot of guys coming up that are set to receiver “superstar” packages:
            -Barwin is signed and new guy will likely be rook, Graham’s not getting paid like that by us
            -Boykin won’t break bank, otherwise probably new kids or 1 FA. Sconces will be nice to come off the books.
            -maybe big $ at Safety, assuming they also let Allen walk. Or keep him (cheaper than Byrd or Ward, not big $ guy yet) and rook
            -DL set for a few years, still no one ready to command big $. Maybe Cox in a few years. Ced paid well, but 5techs don’t break bank
            -OL will likely go young. Peters and Herremans by then will have come off books or come back cheaper
            -WR position has most ???. Keep Riley relatively cheaper, or let teams overpay and draft? slot guy in draft cheaper than avant? restructure avant? resign Maclin cheaper/incentive-based?
            -Celek and Casey taking up $, gone by Foles
            -Shady may see one more big contract

          • Richard Colton

            Agree with all of it except Boykin. Guy has 4 picks, can return kicks, starting to earn a rep as a playmaker. We see him as a slot guy – a nickle CB. He’s going to want to be paid as a starter. In a CB starved league, won’t somebody? Same way we lost Al Harris.

          • aub32

            Huh?? I get Demeco, Celeck and maybe Peters, but do you really think DJax will be done in 2 years? Foles can renegotiate after his 3rd year. If he does take us to the playoffs this and next year, what makes you think he won’t hold out? That’s what players do, and he will have earned that right. I don’t see Djax gone in 2015.

          • Maggie

            Gee, knign, tell us how you feel about Dallas.

          • knighn

            Sure. The Dallas Cowboys are a very talented team with some weaknesses, just like many teams in the NFL. All in all, a very worthy divisional opponent for the Philadelphia Eagles.

            Just kidding. Dallas Sucks!

        • Richard Colton

          Don’t enjoy the prospect of facing Dez Bryant over the next five years. Would love to get a receiver like him or Gordon on the Eagles.

        • jon h

          it’s a great feeling knowing that our tragectory is facing up while Dallas, NYG and Wash’s are all pointing down.

        • Lucian

          Are you the mom daughter chicken trailer combo ive heard so much? Where’s hans and the vw van..dog cages ta know:)

      • Brian

        The Eagles will make the NFC East their bitch, for at least the next 5 seasons.

    • theycallmerob

      …topical!

      • Media Mike

        Funny on several levels!
        1) Dallas isn’t getting to the White House any time soon
        2) Dallas choking in December is the ultimate pre-existing condition

        • Dominik

          “2) Dallas choking in December is the ultimate pre-existing condition”

          Lol.

  • cliff henny

    you know Rodgers’ collarbone was feeling better and better as Monday night went along. Bears offense is little scary, but often teams show little better than they truly are at home on MNF. also, pretty difficult to tell where dallas’ crappy defense ended and Bears good offense began. Carr is amazing, he’s a bigger waste of money than Nnamdi, and still has 35m in dead money over next 3 yrs (and he’s not even a good example of Jones’ terrible cap management…LONG LIVE JERRAH!)

    • nicksaenz1

      Last night was a great example of why I hope Jerry lives and GMs forever and why I’m actually a little scared of the Bears, certainly more so after last night than before, but def a game I didn’t think was in the bag.

      • cliff henny

        shady might run for 300 against them. honestly, forte and run game doesnt scare me, eagles d-line will shut that down, and bennett TE is so over rated, and eagles have 2 big physical corners. marshall and jefferies will get some, but cant see them going bonkers. also, home monday night vs on the road. bears are not a good road team, and win at Minne, i’ll bet Linc is back to early 2000′s crazy fans.
        .
        cowboys defense was just soooo bad, have to take bears offense production in context. could see a 45-31 eagles win.

        • nicksaenz1

          I hope Cutler comes back that week. I don’t want him getting into any kind of rhythm with those two monsters on the outside before coming to the Linc. While I appreciate your enthusiasm about our chances, I don’t share it to that degree. I think we’ll win it but still a little nervous about it. I’ve been that way with most games this season and we’ve done fine so I’ll continue to run with it. Only weird if it doesn’t work.

          • cliff henny

            watch bears vs minne. it’s like thinking eagles rungame is always like 4th qu vs lions. bears are .500 level team the whole year for a good reason, even with cutler.

          • nicksaenz1

            I’m basically saying I’d rather face a cold Cutler than a heating up McCown, who, looks like the better QB IMO. I think we CAN run all over them, too, but we still have to execute. Just recognizing the possibility that it doesn’t go quite as smoothly as we think it should, is all I’m really trying to say. I see everything you’re saying and don’t disagree, just don’t want to take it as a given.

          • cliff henny

            rather face cade. guy is career backup for a reason. dont be a skip bayless and be prisoner of the moment. take his play in context, at home mnf against historically bad defense. might see 50% of that with playoffs on the line road game…and linc will be packed with crazies. always give me lesser talent guy.
            .
            look at it this way…which unti has greater advantage Eagles off vs bears d or eags d vs bears off. bears offense is inline w/ AZ and Det, but defense is alot worse. sure players arent looking ahead and will be humble, i’m a homer fan.

          • aub32

            People who didn’t watch the game might get a bit skewed by the numbers. Dallas had so many chances to get a pick and either couldn’t hold onto the ball or had a penalty when they did. Our D has been taking advantage of those opportunities this year.

          • nicksaenz1

            They had a few, “so many” is exaggerated. I watched the game and while there were a few throws that could have been placed better he still put his receivers in great positions to make plays.

          • aub32

            There were at least four between the drive before the half and the drive after alone. Did you notice how after the pick that was called back they went run-run-run-run-run the rest of that drive?

          • nicksaenz1

            Are QBs not allowed to have a bad series? Damn man. He’s still winning games and making the plays to score on 8 straight drives. I get Dallas D isn’t that good but he’s still gotta go do it. That’s all I’m saying, you have to go do it and he is. Give me a cold Cutler over a rolling McCown.

          • cliff henny

            no, everyone is held to same foles vs if jesus played qb level. 1 bad throw in blizzard conditions, he sux

          • nicksaenz1

            Well Vick would have been better in those blizzard conditions, whipping around tight spirals that guys couldn’t find in heavy snowfall or catch because of how cold their hands and the ball were.

          • theycallmerob

            I don’t disagree with you.
            but to be fair, we’ll be the best D they’ve seen in weeks (and, really, offense too). Bears have recent losses to Skins, Lions, Rams, Vikings. Meh. Also, 3 of those 4 on the road.
            They don’t play as well away from the Soldier, our stadium is getting louder every week, and either QB will look much worse with a decent pass rush in their face.
            And it’s been said plenty, but man….Benny Cunningham for STL went over 100. The Corpse of Ray Rice went over 100. McCoy should get 300. If they’re playing from behind, McCown and Cutler are not exactly 2 gifted decision-makers you want forcing throws downfield.
            I’d say I’m as confident against them as I am against Minny. The tide has shifted to our favor, and Chip and the team know it. They’re out for blood and full of confidence. ARI and DET were the best 2 left.

          • nicksaenz1

            Cutler will be playing against us either way, barring injury, so it’s moot, but they’re definitely tougher than MIN, especially with no AP. Would have rather had cold Cutler vs a confident McCown. I understand the competition level but you still have to play the game.

          • aub32

            So a guy beats a defense that has allowed record numbers with the best receiving duo in the league and he’s a beast now? When will some of you learn? Were you part of the brigade that thought Cassel would be the next best QB in the NFL. How about Flynn or Kolb? Just because a backup looks good against bad teams with fantastic talent around him does not make the guy special. (I am referring to McCown not Foles for those who think I have something against our QB).

          • nicksaenz1

            I’m not trying to pronounce the guy the new starter in Chicago, just saying he’s not playing bad football and he’s playing above what most backups do. He’s playing well. Why when some backup does well and he gets recognized do you automatically go to Flynn/Cassel/Kolb arguments? Cassel had a great season, anyway, which is at least more than Kolb and Flynn can say. But to criticize a couple throws out of the all of them and use that as evidence? I don’t care how bad the defense. Quality of defense has never mattered to any of the people who criticized Foles despite beating top 10 D’s but now we’re supposed to take these terrible D’s into consideration? At least be consistent. He’s making throws and we shouldn’t overlook it, but it looks like Cutler will be back anyway. Would have rather he came back against us and not had a game in first. I know that logic escapes you but it’s not exactly nonsense I’m putting out there.

          • cliff henny

            why did dallas even throw the ball in first half? just terrible coaching to have 7.5 ypc ave and somehow be down 10. garrett has some reid blood in him.
            .
            you and i might be able to play qb against bears for kelly, just turn around and hand it off to shady and co.

          • aub32

            That’s just Garrett. The crazy thing is I thought they’d be more balanced after taking play calling duties away from him, but here they go again. I love it. No one has any idea of what they are doing from the owner/GM to the head coach to the coordinators.

          • cliff henny

            here’s the real kicker…kiffen is 147, he’s not lasting much longer, that defese is not only bad, injured, getting old and all under bad contracts…but will have to get re-re-retooled in 2 yrs…it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

          • nicksaenz1

            He’s been playing pretty well the last few weeks. A guy who’s playing well and gaining confidence or the cold guy. Give me the cold guy. Could change anyway and all of this would be moot.

      • Chris

        Hopefully he makes enough money to figure out how to keep his head alive like they do in Futurama, so he can delegate that team for centuries. Man, that would be awesome.

      • Justin

        This Eagles team is leagues better than the Cowboys are. Shady is going to dismantle that Chicago defense.

  • TNA

    Minnesota and Chicago are improving teams while Green Bay is stuck in a Rodgers-less quagmire and Washington is imploding. The Eagles have their work cut out for them. However I love the way this team is so focused on the right things. Win the day. Developing good habits that are ingrained in practice and showing up on game day. There have been at least three comments made by players in recent weeks indicating that the practices have been really useful…as if they’re test driving a Ferrari during the week in prep of a race against a field of 4 cylinder Hondas. The culture change has been unbelievable.

    • aub32

      Though the Bears will be tough with those monsters catching the football, we should be able to keep pace with them. They are terrible against the run, and I expect Shady to have a field day. The Vikings aren’t really on a come up. AD is hobbled and the QB still stinks. We just can’t allow ourselves to get sloppy like the Ravens did late.

      • cliff henny

        murray should of had 250 yds last night. that might even be conservative. half he tackles were him just running out of real estate on the sidelines 7 yds downfield.

      • TNA

        I agree the Bears are dangerous with Marshall, Jefferies and Forte. That’ll be a tough test. On defense, they’ll likely get Lance Briggs back i time of the Eagles game, which will help their run defense. The Eagles appear to matchup decently with them on offense, but the Bears matchup well with our defense as well.

  • Adam

    My friends, the Cowboys fans

  • G_WallyHunter

    Sean Lee maybe out?
    Rodgers maybe back?
    Hell, Eagles could very well be 2 games up after Sunday.
    Meaningful games in December, feels great

  • Token

    It really comes down to this week. The Skins arent beating the Cowboys in week 16. The Pack, if Rodgers plays, has the ability to. All we need is for the Pack to win.

    Then, as long as we keep playing hard, we should beat the Vikings without Peterson. The Bears will be a tough game.

    But man, having that Dallas game be a bye week would be the dream scenario. We would have a very tough wild card game coming up against likely either the 49ers or Panthers.

    • theycallmerob

      I thought we stood no chance after being down 8-0 against the lions?

      • jshort

        Now I wish we got to see Foles finish the cowboy game. They sure can put points up in a hurry.

  • Kevin

    After watching the defense — correction 11 guys watching a football go by them — last night, what are the odds Shady breaks his own rushing record against the Bears or the Boys? Would it be a shock if we put 300+ rushing yards on the Bears? Their LB’s had problems with simple run plays, imagine what moving the mesh point on zone reads will do.

    • BlindChow

      The best thing about it is Kelly will run the ball over and over and over.

  • JofreyRice

    Yo Admins, comments are broken for me on desktop site for 3 days now, what’s the deal? They are appearing as an unappendable list. All browsers.

    • Richard Colton

      The intern they hired? Howie Rosman’s nephew. And he’s got a score to settle with you JR.

    • Token

      Was wondering why you didnt have anything to say after a game like that.

    • EaglePete

      has worked fine for me on desktop site

  • Engwrite

    The Cowboys loss to Chicago, as satisfying as it was, means very little unless Dallas loses again and they very well might, if Aaron Rogers plays next weekend. But the Dallas loss gives the Eagles flexibility/breathing room [no one wins every game and the Eagles, who have now won 5 in a row, would have had to win eight in a row unless Dallas lost] But as it is, both the Eagles and Dallas still control their own destinies. Having said that my feeling is Dallas will lose again, maybe even twice, including to a Washington team led by Cousins and the last game of the season may be meaningless.

  • Broadcasting Wisdom

    It is time to set our hopes higher than the 3 seed. New Orleans has been playing terribly on the road all season (They’re 3-3 with losses to the Jets and Patriots in addition to blow out by the Seahawks, and got extremely fortunate in close wins at Tampa and at Atlanta). They play at St. Louis and at Carolina the next two weeks. Crazier things have happened, but if they finish 1-2 or worse, Carolina finishes 2-1 or worse, and we go 3-0, that elusive bye is ours. St. Louis crushed the Colts and the Bears in the last month, so it is not as if they haven’t played some solid games, and Carolina’s record speaks for itself at 9-4.

  • jshort

    Forgot one scenario….Dallas sucks!!! in the words of Jimmy Johnson ” stick a fork in um”. actually was thinking a tie with the Redskins.

  • Gimbel

    Isn’t there a scenario where the Cowboys lose to the Redskins and the Eagles/Cowboys end up with the same record but the Eagles own the tiebreaker?

    • Andy124

      No. If the Cowboys lose to the Redskins, their best possible record going in to week 17 is 8-7. The Eagles worst possible record going in to week 17 is 8-7. In that scenario, whichever team wins will end up with the better record and no tie breakers will come in to play.

      If the Eagles were to go in with a 9-6 record, the Cowboys would have to win to finish with the same record. In that scenario, Dallas would own the head-to-head tiebreaker over us.

  • @PhilthyBird215

    LOL How about them Cowboys.. that is all ladies and gents. as you were.

  • Sig

    After seeing that Foles has 20 TD on the year I had to look up some Donovan McNabb stats. Only 5 times in his career did Donovan McNabb throw for more then 20 TD. Only two seasons has he had more then 25. (2001: 25, 2004: 31) I am not trying to bash McNabb, I have always been one of his biggest supporters. What I am trying to do is put what Nick Foles has accomplishing this year into perspective. All this with only 8 starts.

    Like most Eagles fans I am so impressed with the direction this team is heading, and before the season started the shape of Philadelphia sports was not looking good. Could not be more happy about this season.

    FLY EAGLES FLY

    #NickFolesSwagg

  • Scott J

    Cowboys are lucky they’re playing the Packers in Jerry’s pleasure dome instead of Lambeau.

  • Beavis

    Since 2011, Dallas’ record versus teams with .500 or better record is 5-20.
    I like our chances of going 3-0.
    Minnesota is not a good football team. Could be a trap game, but Chip and Co. seem to have this team ready each week (at least since Nov.). But crappy team without its best player (nor his backup), on the turf and becoming a track meet. The Eagles have yet to play indoors this season. I’m intrigued to see what happens.
    The finale at the Linc versus Chicago will be to clinch the division. No way we lose that game. Not happening. Look at who they’ve lost to already. A playoff team does not lose to Vikings, Redskins and Lions (twice). The Bears’ rush D is a joke. Shady will set the Eagles single season rushing record.
    Dallas will be a warm-up for the playoffs.
    Crazy!

  • EaglePete

    how nice is it to see the natl media praising the Eagles and even all us fans talking playoffs. Not that I care that much for natl media but its nice to see Eagles name on the tickers and being discussed glowingly. Doesnt it just lighten your mood, amazing how fanatical we get that way. Losing and Im bitter for days. At least thats me, loving this. Even bet the Bears last night, double good times.

    • GEAGLE

      I actually like it better when they hate on us…they don’t deserve room on the bandwagon. And I like flying under the radar. They been talking trash on us all year, yet surprise surprise, we are literally the HOTTEST team in the NFL In December. No one else is on a 5game win streak. QBs couldn’t wait to get their QBR up playing the eagles, I seriously doubt that today many teams are lining up to pick a fight with us…

      • EaglePete

        good point, I do like the flying under the radar part, let them all think we arent that good. Thats going away fast though once they check the stat line. I guess its been so long or feels that way since weve had any hype that I enjoy it again only because this team is for real. Other times it was easier to not buy in when you knew what you were watching week in and week out.

        • GEAGLE

          It’s really nice that now that our guys are having so much success, you still don’t hear any of them telling you how great they are…last years team would have shouted from mountain how awesome they were had they won 5 straight…we win HUGE games, yet the players aren’t even happy after the games..all they talk about is what they did wrong and what needs to be corrected…the only time you hear one of our guys talk about what a great performance it was, is if they are talking about one of their team mates..
          ….
          THIS means SOMETHING…how much does it mean, we are about to find out…but I do know that it’s going to take a talented! discapline, mentally tough, well coached team to beat us..we will not beat ourselves…and I don’t think we could have ever asked for more in year 1…we are way ahead of schedule..We are about to try and take down the house playing with house money…win or lose, it will be fun and we can be proud and optimistic about out future…players are going to want to play for Chip and the eagles!!!

  • GEAGLE

    Dallas didn’t beat Chicago…shocker….Emmit smith tweeted that their defensive scheme is a joke,,I tweeted him back and said his QB was a December CHOKE!!…crickets lol

    • EaglePete

      well Im anti Romo as much as the next guy but that Kiffin D is absolutely horrific. I think Chi scored on every possession except for the kneel down. Between Jerry, the Ginger and Kiffin and Snyder and the Shanahans, this is great theater.

      • GEAGLE

        I Agree..yesterday wasn’t on romo…they did score every single possession besides the kneel down…but I’m gonna do my part every chance I get to maintain the ROMO CANT win in December Legend

        • EaglePete

          haha, love it and Romo still has time to for a nice choke job to add to his resume

          • GEAGLE

            You know it’s coming… lol he can’t even help himself…
            ..
            As if those babied, luxury Cowboys were going to go into ghetto soldier field on a frozen night and win lol…NOT a CHANCE that team is TOUGH enough to pull THAT off

  • GEAGLE

    Was Sunday our 49ers moment? The gut check moment that the Niners had on these road against us at the beginning of the Harbaugh era that transcended them to elite status?
    ..
    prior to Sunday, we were on a 4 game winning streak, the blizzard came and we couldn’t get a first down for 2.5 quarters. NOTHING went right, our gameplan out the window. We had a BUILT IN excuse to lose that game, no one would have held it against them after winning 4, and our players had plenty of chances to quit..

    The most important part was that prior to Sunday, our 4 game win streak we were front runners in every one of those games…We hadn’t had to overcome any real IN GAME adversity other then defense needing to hold on late in games..

    Chip adjusts his scheme, defense scraps the two gaping and switches to single gap shooting, plays stuck together, kept battling, kept believing,,,Down 14 when scoring points looked impossible, we finally get the big bomb to coop that sparks us! we scored a TD and instantly they get kickoff returned on them,na BACKBREAKER of a TD scored by lions ST…roll over and play dead? Hell to the nah, gut check time, Oline started blowing lions off the line and shady showed that mental toughness deciding that the ice wasn’t going to stop him….

    We really might end up looking back at Sunday as our 49er moment. Now this team knows that if they believe each other when ish hits the fan, they can persevere if they stick together and continue to battle…Sunday might prove to be so much more then just winning the modern fog bowl, Sunday could be the real BEGINNING!!!

  • GEAGLE

    Is our Chicago game at soldier field?

    • Justin

      No. And it just got flexed to SNF.

      • GEAGLE

        Thanks…don’t want us to have to play at ghetto soldier field in December, but I’m very confident with them coming here…as for the Vikings,they are getting Shalacked this week

        • Justin

          We’re going 11-5, no question.