EAGLES LOOK LIKE NFC EAST LOCK, UNLESS COWBOYS DO THIS …

By Max Harper

The Eagles are headed to 12-1 after beating the Giants on the road this Sunday.

And, while it’s true they are headed to the best record in the NFC and a first-round bye, there are scenarios that could upset that projection.

If the Cowboys don’t lose another NFC East game, including beating the Eagles on Dec. 24, they’ll have a split against Philly and a 5-1 record in divisional games, which is the second tiebreaker.

The Eagles would have a 4-2 record in NFC East games … with the extra loss coming in large part because a facemask call on Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert was missed, and the Eagles had a lost fumble instead of a 15-yard penalty.

The Eagles are 11-1, and the Cowboys are 9-3. The tiebreaker scenario only comes into play if the Cowboys beat the Eagles in the rematch. If that happens, the Cowboys would have to pick up one other game on the Eagles down the stretch to win the NFC East and perhaps get the important No. 1 seed and lone bye in the NFC (the 10-2 Minnesota Vikings have a say in that as well).

The problem for the Cowboys is the Eagles’ other four remaining games all look winnable: at Giants, at Bears, vs. Saints, vs. Giants. But if they’re upset once, the door is open for the Cowboys to take the NFC East and maybe get the No. 1 seed, because of their potential tiebreaker edge.

That race isn’t over yet.

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