Week 15 hasn’t been a great one for the Philadelphia Eagles so far.
And not just because the Birds got screwed by unnecessarily postponing their game to Tuesday.
But also because the Eagles failed to get any help as they scramble for a wild card spot. Here’s a look at the updated leaderboard.
1 – Green Bay Packers (11-3)
2 – Dallas Cowboys (10-4)
3 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-4)
4 – Arizona Cardinals (10-4)
WILD CARD TEAMS
5 – Los Angeles Rams (9-4)
6 – San Francisco 49ers (8-6)
7 – Minnesota Vikings (7-7)
ON THE HUNT
8 – New Orleans Saints (7-7)
9 – Washington Football Team (6-7)
10 – Philadelphia Eagles (6-7)
11- Atlanta Falcons (6-8)
12 – Seattle Seahawks (5-8)
13 – Carolina Panthers (5-9)
14 – New York Giants (4-10)
15 – Chicago Bear (4-10)
16 – Detroit Lions (2-11-1)
The loss of the Falcons and Panthers was good for the Eagles’ wild card prospects. But Philly has some tiebreakers on them and they shouldn’t be considered a real threat anyway given their seriousness.
The bad news for the Birds is that the 49ers, Vikings, and Saints all won. San Fran’s win likely puts them out of reach for the Eagles, given the Niners own the tiebreaker. The Eagles are probably looking at the seventh seed at best.
Minny and New Orleans are the main contenders for that final playoff spot. Washington too, although the Eagles obviously have a chance to beat them twice.
The Saints are less of a threat in the sense that the Eagles have a tiebreaker against them… but Sean Payton’s side have games to win in their last three games: against MIA, against CAR, at ATL.
The Vikings currently have the strength in the tiebreak of the victory over the Eagles and will likely maintain it. Minny’s last three aren’t exactly fun: against LAR, against GB, against CHI.
Of course, it doesn’t matter what happens with the other teams if the Eagles can’t do business on their own. They will finally have the chance to do so when they welcome Washington to Lincoln Financial Field on Tuesday night.
This is not a game to be won for the Eagles as Philly will be officially eliminated from the playoffs if they lose. But the stakes are high! Playoff odds via FiveThirtyEight:
Eagles beat Washington – 38% chance of qualifying for playoffs
Eagles lose to Washington – 6% chance of qualifying for playoffs
The pressure is on Jalen Hurts, Nick Sirianni and co. to arrive in full on the section. It is essential for the Eagles to achieve a victory over the football team.