I can remember this time last year when the Eagles were well on their way to winning the NFC East, but still needed the Giants to stumble to actually clinch the division. The Giants held-up their end of the deal by getting blown-out by Green Bay 45-17, but the Eagles fell flat on their face in a 24-14 loss to Minnesota that cost them the No.2 seed in the conference.
Flash forward 12 months and the Birds find themselves needing the Giants to lose just to keep their faint division hopes alive, assuming they beat the Cowboys for the second time this year. I wrote the Eagles off weeks ago after they lost to Arizona 21-17 and fell to 3-6 on the year. The only reason we are even talking about the playoffs is the inability of any of the teams in the division to win on a consistent basis.
The Eagles are probably playing their best ball of the year in every phase of the game, but it is clearly a case of too little, too late. Do not be surprised if all the pieces actually do fall in place and they come away with the title with an 8-8 record. It would be a fitting end to how far the once and mighty NFC East has fallen this season.
The following is a link to my complete preview & prediction for Saturday's game as originally posted on Cappers Picks
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys