The Philadelphia Eagles, being on the bye week, couldn’t do anything to solidify their NFC East lead. They couldn’t even do anything to protect it. Yet again, the division lead will be shared between the Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys.
Dallas took advantage of the opportunity and beat the New York Giants, staying undefeated in division play and adding another victory to their win column, locking things up once again. Now, the Eagles and Cowboys will play a five game season to see who can grab hold on the lead for good and represent the NFC East in the playoffs.
Philadelphia definitely has the more difficult road ahead, due to the fact that three of their four opponents, not including the Cowboys, are above average teams. Dallas plays two subpar teams. The teams do share one opponent over the last five weeks in the Chicago Bears, who are tied for the NFC North lead. Another thing that the teams have in common is that they each have three home games remaining. In the end, it would seem that Dallas gains the upper hand in being able to play the Eagles at home in the final game of the season. However, Philadelphia has been better on the road this season.
The Eagles have a chance over the final five weeks to do something amazing and unexpected. They were projected for much of the year to finish last in the division and consider 2013 a rebuilding year in Chip Kelly’s first season as head coach. Now, should they be able to take care of business at home, they’ll set themselves up to win the division and earn a playoff spot.
The bye week came at an inopportune time for Philadelphia being that they were rolling, winning their last three in a row. They have to find a way to pick up where they left off and start their run toward an NFC East title next week at home against the surprising, Arizona Cardinals.