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Miami Dolphins linebacker Sam Eguavoen (49) sacks Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) in the third quarter at Hard Rock Stadium Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS)

This article contains opinion.

 

The Philadelphia Eagles are holding on for any chance to make the playoffs this  NFL season.  

The only way this year to enter the NFC playoff picture is for the Birds to win the NFC East. The only other team competing for that top division spot with the Eagles is their rival, the Dallas Cowboys. 

The Cowboys have the bigger edge right now with a slightly better record, and they have the upper hand with more division wins. Dallas sits at a 6–6 record, and the Birds are at a 5–7 record. The Eagles have also played only two division games so far this season, and they finish their season off with all divisional opponents, which should be an easier task as they have one of the easiest schedules to close off the season. 

The word “easy” doesn’t come nicely all the time as the Eagles blew a win they should have had against the Miami Dolphins last week. 

Looking at this Eagles team, it’s not looking good. At the very least, they have been maddeningly inconsistent thus far.

We knew the offense was struggling all year, and Philly’s best offensive games were against Washington, Green Bay, Buffalo, and we can’t forget the weak Jets.  

The defense was a different story throughout this season for sure. They’ve been dealing with multiple injuries earlier on in the season and still played the best they could. The last three games aside, that Miami bash had the Birds stopping their opponents and giving their offense a chance to win games that they need to if they want to see football after New Year’s. 

Now the Birds are facing a tough situation: win all or go home. 

Luckily, the Dallas Cowboys still have a few tougher opponents like the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams, so I hope one of these opponents can beat Dallas. 

Dallas has been the same way as Philly this season: inconsistent. So, we will have to see what happens. 

That Miami loss for the Eagles had me mind-boggled. The Eagles were up in the game by a couple of scores. The Dolphins had nothing to lose, so they did what they did to a couple of opponents already and went out and played the best they could. 

So really to sum up everything, the Birds need to accomplish a few things. Play defense the way they did against the Bills, Bears, Patriots and Seahawks. And they have to get their offense going, whether it’s Carson Wentz stepping up in the passing game or letting his running backs step up the running game to get the job done and to get some scores up. 

 

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