4. The Philadelphia Eagles
Okay. I know you were expecting to see the Los Angeles Rams here. While the Philadelphia Eagles likely don’t stand a chance in keeping the Cowboys from winning the division, they do have playoff hopes of their own and they can really mess up where the Cowboys end in the final NFC rankings.
The Cowboys are set to play the Eagles on the road in the final week of the regular season. The Eagles will want nothing more than to secure a playoff spot (if applicable) and make the Cowboys play a higher seed in the playoffs. Philly also has a very easy schedule ahead, facing the Giants once and a COVID-19 and injury-ridden Washington Football Team twice.
The Eagles will likely enter this already-heated rivalry matchup in a must-win situation if they want a Wild Card spot. The Cowboys could be playing for the top seed or for the chance to derail their rival’s hopes at getting in the mix.
For the Cowboys, it’s all about their seeding at this point. If the Eagles beat them in this Week 18 matchup, Dallas will likely end up at No. 4 in the NFC standings, which means they will have to play the best of the Wild Card teams (the No. 5 team), which is currently the Rams. To jog your memory, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the No. 5 seed in 2020, and we all know how that ended up. Plus, both the NFC and AFC No. 5 seeds beat the No. 4 seeds last year. So you can’t count the fives out.
Should the Cowboys beat the Eagles in Week 18? Yes. Are rivalry games often unpredictable? Also, yes. There are big-time reasons to win this game for both teams. Hotshot Darius Slay (currently ranked No. 4 among corners by PFF) and vets like Fletcher Cox will be hungry and ready to take on a struggling Cowboys offense.
We hate to say it… but the current 6-7 Eagles really could screw this up for the Cowboys, based on rankings alone.