It’s an exciting time for Eagles fans.
The team is 4-0 in the division, 7-0 in the conference and 9-1 overall.
The playoffs are seemingly a lock at this point in the season. They are now four games ahead of the second-place NFC East team, the Dallas Cowboys, with six games remaining.
But the first overall seed is still up for grabs. The New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings are both a game behind the Eagles in conference record (6-1) and overall record (8-2). At this point, the Vikings hold the two seed and the Saints the three. The Carolina Panthers and Los Angeles Rams stand at 7-3, but they are both 4-3 in the division. The Rams are currently the four seed and the Panthers are the fifth.
Monday night’s game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Seahawks could shake the playoff picture up. The Falcons are 5-4 and a win against Seattle would greatly improve their playoff chances. The Seahawks are currently the six seed.
Also in the hunt are the 6-4 Detroit Lions, 5-5 Green Bay Packers and 5-5 Dallas Cowboys. The Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals have their work cut out for them at 4-6. The San Francisco 49ers (1-9), New York Giants (2-8) and Chicago Bears (3-7) are all but eliminated.
This is what the NFC playoff picture would look like if the season ended today (Falcons-Seahawks Monday night game not included):
- Philadelphia Eagles (9-1)
- Minnesota Vikings (8-2)
- New Orleans Saints (8-2)
- Los Angeles Rams (7-3)
- Carolina Panthers (7-3)
- Seattle Seahawks (6-3)
Philadelphia and Minnesota would each get wild-card byes. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks would head to New Orleans to face Drew Brees and the Saints. Cam Newton and the Panthers would face Jared Goff’s Rams in Los Angeles.
Interesting, but hypothetical, with six games remaining.
The Eagles still have games against the Seahawks, Rams and Cowboys.
The Vikings still have games against the Lions, Falcons, Panthers and Packers.
The Saints still have games against the Rams, Panthers and Falcons (twice).
You get the point.
A lot can change in these coming weeks.
But the Eagles have put themselves in a great position to secure one of the top two seeds in the NFC. The top seed would give them a bye plus home-field advantage. The NFC East, and a top four seed, are all but wrapped up. The Eagles main goal now is to remain as the top seed in the NFC.
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