Okay, by now, you guys all know what the Eagles playoff scenario is this year. The Eagles win out and either the Falcons or the Buccaneers lose one. Yes, because Tampa has lost two straight, they are now vulnerable and the Eagles can leapfrog them instead of Atlanta. For Atlanta, their remaining schedule includes Minnesota followed by St. Louis. The Bucs have San Diego this week and next week it's Oakland. It looks like if anything is going to happen, this is the week it's going to happen.
Now that it's kind of pointless to go through the games just in terms of the Eagles, I decided to change things up a bit and go through the whole playoff scenario from an NFL perspective. Let's start with teams that are eliminated.
In the NFC:
In the AFC
Indianapolis vs. Jacksonville: While the Jags are out, Indianapolis is well in the race and could potentially clinch a playoff berth this week.
Baltimore vs. Dallas: The Ravens were a stunning Walt Anderson call away from having a shot at winning the AFC North. Now they are in a dogfight for the AFC Wildcard. The good news, they own the 3-way tie breaker over Miami and New England. The bad news, they're playing a desperate Cowboys team. A loss by the Cowboys could potentially make the Eagles lives easier.
Cincinnati vs. Cleveland: I like cheese.
New Orleans vs. Detroit: The road to futility continues.
Arizona vs. New England: The Cards have clinched the NFC West title and are looking like too much of a finesse team. Look familiar, Andy Reid? The Pats are in two dogfights at once. The AFC East and the AFC wildcard. As much as I hate to say it, I think the Pats are gonna do it.
Pittsburgh vs. Tennessee: If the Titans win, they have home field advantage. If the Steelers win, then all they have to do is win next week or hope the Titans lose next week in order to secure it.
San Francisco vs. St. Louis: ONIONS!
Miami vs. Kansas City: If the Dolphins win out, they will in fact win the AFC East. The Chiefs and the Bretts, er, Jets stand in their way.
San Diego vs. Tampa Bay: The Chargers need to win this week, hope Denver loses this week, and beat the Broncos next week in the Rematch of the Game That Eddie Gunz Had A Minor Influence Over in order to secure the playoffs. The Bucs need a win to set themselves up next week with a great chance of clinching the playoffs. The Eagles are hoping that San Diego can somehow, someway pull it off. For if that happens, all the Eagles will need to do is win out.
Buffalo vs. Denver: All the Broncos have to do is win and they're in!
New York Jets vs. Seattle: The Jets are well in the AFC East race and subsequently the wildcard. Seattle is, well, I'll spare Seattle fans from jokes.
Houston vs. Oakland: Is that Tony the Tiger I see over there?
Atlanta vs. Minnesota: This is the Eagles best chance right here. The Vikes are red-hot. The Falcons barely beat the Bucs last week. By winning, the Vikes will secure a 3-seed and secure the Eagles in that all they will need to do is win out.
Philadelphia vs. Washington: If Washington loses, they'll join the list of NFC teams gone from the playoffs. E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!
Carolina vs. New York Giants: Let the battle of home field advantage in the NFC begin!
Green Bay vs. Chicago: Da Bears are still in the race. If they win, they'll get to experience the Drama That Is Scoreboard Watching During Week 17. If they lose, well, then maybe Dr. Kornheiser will finally shut up about Brett Favre. Oh wait, what am I saying?
Feel free to examine further and correct anything that I missed.
If the season ended today... (NFL.com)