The Dallas Cowboys (7-5) upset the New Orleans Saints (10-2), 13-10, on Thursday. The victory puts the Cowboys in prime position to win the NFC East division title for the second time in three years.
Eagles fans, take a deep breath. The race isn’t over but it’s going to be much tougher moving forward.
The Eagles can still control their own destiny, though the Cowboys’ Week 13 win makes Philadelphia’s outlook much more difficult.
The Eagles now need to win all of their remaining NFC East battles and match the Cowboys’ record to conclude the season. That won’t be easy.
Philadelphia will host the Washington Redskins (6-5) on Monday before taking on the Cowboys in Week 14. From there, the defending Super Bowl champions will face off against the Los Angeles Rams (10-1) on the road and Houston Texans (8-3) at home. The squad will close out the season with a road rematch against Washington.
The Cowboys can still win the division with a loss to the Eagles in Week 14. If Dallas wins its final three games and the Eagles drop one of their remaining games, the Cowboys would take the division crown.
The Cowboys’ final slate includes a road matchup against the Indianapolis Colts (6-5), a home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7) and a road clash with the struggling Giants (3-8). That’s a much more ideal trio of games than the Eagles’ set up.
The Eagles would own the division tie-breaker over the Cowboys if Philadelphia were to win the next two games and the season finale at Washington. With that scenario, the Eagles would finish 5-1 in the division.
The issue would be matching the Cowboys’ record at that point. If Dallas were to win its final three games, the Eagles would need to do the same. That’s asking a lot of a team that has yet to win two-straight matchups as of Week 13. Philadelphia may need some help from Indianapolis and former offensive coordinator Frank Reich to give the Eagles some breathing room down the stretch.
That said, all of this won’t matter if the Eagles can’t beat the Redskins on Monday. Division games are tough, no matter the injury woes either team is facing.
Buckle up, Eagles fans. Monday’s matchup will be huge.