By Steve Kelly
Okay, the Eagles are 5-4 and with four games remaining against teams with losing records, so they are poised to make a late-season run:
Week 11: versus New England (8-0)
Week 12: versus Seattle (7-2)
Week 13: at Miami (1-7)
Week 14: versus New York Giants (2-6, play on Monday)
Week 15: at Washington (1-8)
Week 16: versus Dallas (4-3)
Week 17: at Giants
Despite the two challenging games after the bye, which they should split, they’re in good shape for that run.
Even if they lose those games, the Eagles would still be in a good position to finish the season with a winning record. They cannot cough up winnable games to the Giants, Miami or Washington, but it’s possible Week 16 becomes a de facto NFC East championship game. (Much depends on how the Cowboys play these next few weeks.)
Considering the depth in the NFC, it will be a challenge for the Eagles to secure a wild-card spot. Their best route to the postseason is to win the division. But their prospects would have looked different had they lost and entered the bye 4-5. The margin for error would have been tighter. That’s why Sunday was such an important win and the Eagles are in a good spot.