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After shedding 33-22 to the Las Vegas Raiders Week 7 in a sport in which opposing quarterback Derek Carr done 91 percent of his passes, the Philadelphia Eagles sat at 2-5, and looked extra admire a team that shall be picking in the tip 10 of the 2022 NFL Draft than one which had any life like hopes of competing for the playoffs. Since then, the Eagles have won three of their closing four games, placing them squarely seeking a playoff berth in the NFC.

The Contemporary York Cases gives the Eagles a 31 percent likelihood of setting up the playoffs. FiveThirtyEight.com’s mannequin is a exiguous bit extra optimistic, giving the Birds a 38 percent likelihood. 

First, let’s have a have a look at at the wildcard hotfoot in the NFC. Must you select out the latest division leaders — the Cowboys, Packers, Buccaneers, and Cardinals — that that you just would have the ability to also very effectively be left with the next neighborhood of teams:

 NFC wildcard Document  Conf roar  GB 
 Rams (5 seed – in) 7-3  5-2  – 
 Vikings (6 seed – in) 5-5  4-2  – 
 Saints (7 seed – in) 5-5  4-4  – 
 49ers (8 seed – out) 5-5  4-4  – 
 Eagles (9 seed – out) 5-6  4-3  0.5 
 Panthers (10 seed – out) 5-6  3-5  0.5 
 Football Group (11 seed – out) 4-6  4-2 
 Falcons (12 seed – out) 4-6  2-5 
 Giants (13 seed – out) 3-6  2-4  1.5 
 Bears (14 seed – out) 3-7  1-4 
 Seahawks (15 seed – out) 3-7  1-5 
 Lions (16 seed – out) 0-9-1  0-6  4.5 


As that that you just would have the ability to also detect, if the season ended this day, the Eagles would pause ninth in the NFC, and would be out of the playoffs. They are a half sport in the lend a hand of the latest 7 seed, the Saints, with the 8 seed 49ers additionally standing in between the Eagles and the playoffs.

They would withhold head-to-head tiebreakers over the Saints, Panthers, and Falcons. They would lose a head-to-head tiebreaker with the 49ers. To be decided with the Giants and Football Group, who dwell on their schedule. 

No topic their positioning starting up air of the playoff image currently, the Eagles really feel extra special extra susceptible to carry out the playoffs than the Contemporary York Cases and FiveThirtyEight items are projecting. Right here’s why:

The Eagles now have an id

Over the closing four games, the Eagles’ offense has fashioned an id built around a bodily speed-heavy assault. Originally, the Eagles have been ready to rack up expansive speeding numbers in opposition to defenses that weren’t precisely brick partitions, in the Lions and Chargers.

Nonetheless, over their closing two games, the Eagles ran it down the throats of the then No. 7 speed protection in the NFL (the Broncos) and the then No. 1 speed protection (the Saints). 

 Week Speeding yards 
8 (Lions)  236 
9 (Chargers) 176 
10 (Broncos) 216 
11 (Saints) 242 
AVERAGE  217.5 


Extra impressively, there didn’t appear to be extra special mystery in what the Eagles have been going to try to carry out of their closing two games. The truth is, the Broncos and Saints knew the Eagles have been going to try to create their offensive sport thought all the blueprint in which thru the speed, and but, neither team could also pause it.


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The Eagles’ offensive line is enormous, stable, and athletic, and in the lend a hand of it they make utilize of a dynamic working quarterback paired with a various committee of working backs. A speed-heavy assault is a easy components for offensive success, and one which is per chance no longer excellent lengthy-term, however it with out a doubt is additionally one which could even be efficient in opposition to any protection, because the Eagles showed on Sunday.

Defensively, the Eagles’ id is fading, which on this case is a appropriate component, as a consequence of their old id sucked. They played an extremely-tender “bend bear no longer ruin” model, that appropriate opposing quarterbacks picked apart with ease.

Extra just currently, Jonathan Gannon has ceased parking his safeties a nation mile faraway from the freeway of scrimmage, and has concocted extra aggressive sport plans. He called timely blitzes on Sunday in opposition to the Saints, and Fletcher Cox, a player who brazenly criticized the contrivance earlier this season, played with appropriate vitality and enthusiasm, which is per chance a appropriate barometer for the morale of the protection general.

The Eagles have the most practical most likely closing schedule in the NFL

As our Evan Macy identified, the Eagles have struggled mightily in opposition to expansive quarterbacks this season, however the expansive quarterback gauntlet is at ease extra special over and done with. The Eagles’ closing schedule is as follows:

Opponent  Document  Level differential 
 Giants 3-6  -37 
 Jets 2-8  -142 
 Football Group 4-6  -55 
 Giants 3-6  -37 
 Football Group 4-6  -55 
 Cowboys 7-3  +79 
 TOTAL 23-35 (.397)  -247 


Their closing opponents’ combined a success percentage of .397 is the bottom in the NFL, per Tankathon. Right here’s a look appropriate at the NFC:

Group  Opposing a success %  Video games vs. teams with .500 plan shut % or better 
Rams  .542 
Panthers  .525 
Lions  .514 
Football Group  .493 
49ers  .493 
Cowboys  .493 
Giants  .488 
Saints  .479 
Bears  .472 
Packers  .467 
Vikings  .439 
Buccaneers  .434 
Cardinals  .430 
Seahawks  .423 
Falcons  .421 
Eagles  .397  1  


While there are completely three teams in the NFC that have a closing schedule of combined opponents with a a success percentage over .500, or no longer it’s some distance the column on the steady that is most favorable to the Eagles. The Birds completely have one sport left in opposition to a team with as a minimum a .500 roar, while every other team in the NFC has as a minimum three.

And because it happens, that one opponent is the Cowboys, who could also completely be in a station in which their Week 18 sport doesn’t have extra special which blueprint, playoff seeding-wise, and they can also decide to rest their starters upfront of the playoffs. 

Additionally, the Eagles are surely one of appropriate four teams in the NFC that has no longer but had its bye week. When the schedule at the starting up came out in Would possibly, just a few gamers grumbled about how late in the season the bye came about, however it with out a doubt could also pause up being a necessary income for gamers to rest their weary our bodies for the stretch speed.

They’re fairly wholesome 😱

(Knock on wood).

The Eagles lost Brandon Graham and Isaac Seumalo with season-ending injuries, while Brandon Brooks has ignored all however two games. They’ve with out a doubt ignored Graham’s contributions, however guys admire Landon Dickerson and Jack Driscoll have filled in capably at each guard spots as opposed to Seumalo and Brooks.

In every other case, relative to the comfort of the NFL, the Eagles are a wholesome football team, which is one thing that they are no longer ragged to being this late in the season.

Mojo

Right here could also very effectively be my weakest argument, as I will’t display veil a “mojo index” or one thing admire that, however some appropriate vibes are lend a hand, because the gamers appear to remember in one one other, and oh hey (!), they’re turning into relaxing to head searching all but again.


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