EAGLES PATH FILLED WITH HUNTERS
Now let’s get to the meat and potatoes of the discussion. Let’s analyze how far-fetched it would be for Philly to win 4 of the following 5 games.
1) Washington (3-6 , T3rd NFC East)
Sure the Redskins are 3-6 and lost the Week 1 first meeting between the two 27-33. Yet this one might be a tad different. RG3 is finally starting to show mobility and the quick trigger to run again.
More importantly, at 3-6 the Redskins will be in do-or-die mode. 3-6 only puts them a game and a half behind behind Philly and Dallas.
A win over the Eagles would move them to 4-6 and Philly to 5-6, simply a win apart. The Eagles then have their bye following. Washington could win that week and pull even with the Eagles while they are dormant.
With Dallas being off this week, a Redskins win would bring them only a game behind the 5-5 Cowboys with 5 more to go. Not out of the race by a longshot.
The point is Washington MUST win this game to have a legitimate hope to re-join the East race. This game will not be easy sledding for Philly.
***The Bye Week for the Eagles following their game with Washington gives Dallas (@ Giants) a chance to pull even or assume the lead while the Eagles are at rest. Just as this week favors the Eagles while the Cowboys take a break***
2) Arizona (5-4 , 3rd NFC West)
Don’t look now but this Cardinals team is quietly sitting at 5-4 ( 2 straight wins) with a better record than Philly and Dallas. Their defense is no pushover giving up the 5th least points in the NFC.
With the 3rd ranked rush defense in the NFL, star RB LeSean McCoy will find running lanes few and far between. With Seattle running away with the division, Arizona will need every conference win they can get to snag a wildcard.
3) Detroit (6-3 , 1st NFC North)
Well I will, Detroit is currently just a game above the Bears clinging to the top spot in the NFC North. Neither of those teams will take a loss without a brawl.
4) @ Minnesota (2-7 , 4th NFC North)
The 2-7 Vikings always present a unique, daunting challenge with their beast RB Adrian Peterson. Both of Minnesota’s wins have come at home and most would agree the noise of the stadium for opposing teams rivals almost any other NFL venue.
5) Chicago (5-4 , T2nd NFC North)
As stated above, the Bears and Vikings are a just a game apart in the race for the NFC North leader. Chicago is also tied for 2nd with the 5-4 Packers, who will likely have their star QB back by Week 15 and winning again.
This game takes place only a week before the finale, with the Bears feverishly fighting to finish strong.