The Washington football team announced tonight that it Garret Gilbert takes the reins against the Eagles. Neither Taylor Heinecke nor Kyle Allen were able to recover from COVID in time, leaving the Eagles with a very advantageous clash. The good news is that this is just the start of what could be a very easy break-in towards the end of the season.
First and foremost, the Eagles obviously need to get past a weakened Washington team. On paper, it seems easy enough, but by no means is anything that simple… Tuesday? There are heavy playoff implications here and the Eagles need to take care of the business, but if they can prove there’s no rust from a week off and a few changes then it should. be pretty easy to do.
Of course, the idea of playing 3 games in 12 games isn’t exactly a cool one, but the Eagles have gotten through the worst of their schedule and are now facing a very easy break-in compared to the rest of the NFL. The icing on the cake is that the game against the Giants will see Jonathan Gannon’s defense take on another relatively weak QB.
The New York Giants are a mess. Daniel Jones is in IR with a neck injury and after Mike Glennon decided to rage the weekend by throwing 3 picks and completing 13 of 24 assists, Jake Fromm was thrown into the mix. He ended up completing 6 of 12 passes for 82 yards with limited exposure and to be honest it’s tough to play a lot worse than Mike Glennon… but he didn’t play much better.
If Fromm takes the field next week, it will only benefit Philadelphia more. It’s not like he has a lot of experience in the NFL and his role in the offense would likely be that of a game manager, especially as New York is already trying to find a way to coordinate even an offense after sacking Jason Garrett.
Then there’s one more game against Washington, who could still fight against a hellish landscape ravaged by COVID at this point, and might have very little to play with.
The Cowboys are the last team on the calendar, but unless they really want to risk their starters for a meaningless Week 18 game, they’ll likely be resting players, giving the Eagles a real shot at getting it. their place in the playoffs if they haven’t already. .
Dallas could be competing for a first-round pass, but given that they also play in Washington ahead of a game against the Cardinals, their fate will have been sealed long before the Eagles come to town.
Remember earlier in the season when the Birds faced off against Tom Brady, Derek Carr, a Patrick Mahomes? Good now they have to face the WFT roulette wheel and one from Mike Glennon or Jake Fromm.
As for the actual picture of the playoffs, Minnesota currently holds the last wildcard spot. They could be tied with the Eagles tonight. Their remaining matches consist of clashes with the Rams, Packers and Bears. Something tells me they don’t win all three.
As for the New Orleans Saints, even though they win all three, the Eagles would still be able to squeeze in due to the fact that they beat them earlier in the year.
Atlanta could be a wild card (if you forgive the pun). They are 6-8 and must face the Bills and Lions before closing the season against the Saints. That last game is going to nullify any advantage gained, as losing the Saints would automatically help the Eagles anyway. For a win against the Saints to count, they would have to win each of their last three games and hope for the best.
Of course, a good schedule on paper is one thing, actually enjoying it is a whole different ball game. The Eagles can take the first step down that road tonight with a convincing victory over an exhausted Washington team.
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