Week 15: Playoffs?

The playoffs are right around the corner and the NFC race to the final playoff spot is as tight as can be. Currently, The Vikings hold the 1 seed, with the Football Team, Saints, Seahawks, Cowboys, Bears, and Eagles holding the rest of the spots in that order. The Eagles know that there is no wiggle room for them and every game is a must win. This week they faced off against the Dallas Cowboys in a revenge game for the Cowboys. Earlier this season, the Eagles won the first matchup due to the magnificent running of Miles Sanders. The Eagles knew that he would be the key to winning this game as well. The game was close from start to finish. After a one play touchdown by rookie Wallace to give them the lead in the fourth quarter, the Eagles turned to their defense to make a play. With the Cowboys driving into Eagle territory, the defense stiffened up, causing Prescott to throw a deep pass that was tipped and intercepted. This turnover let the Eagles almost run out the clock but with a minute left, the Cowboys got the ball back. Dak drove down the field, only to have the Eagle defense knock away his endzone throws. The Eagles would take over with 2 seconds, leading to the 30-26 victory. 

Sanders started off the game hot, scoring a touchdown early, however, as the game went along the Cowboys chose to play the run and force Wentz to try to beat them. Wentz took this opportunity and ran with it, hitting deep throw after deep throw. Wentz was as accurate as can be in this game, ending the game with only 7 incompletions while throwing for 245 yards and 2 touchdowns. Wentz played turnover free football which will be key for the Eagles going forward. Sanders had a good game, running for 137 yards and a touchdown, while catching 4 passes for 24 yards. The Eagle receivers knew that they had to create separation versus the Cowboy man defense and had good success in doing so. Wallace and Coutee both had good games, with Coutee continuing to be the best receiver on this Eagle offense. 

The Eagle defense didn’t have the best day stat wise, however, they came up big when the game was on the line. The Cowboys have the best running offense in the league and holding running back Elliot to only 113 yards is something to be proud about. Defensive End Graham had the only sack of the game, which came in the first quarter and knocked him out of the game until the final drive of the 4th quarter. Safety Wallace came up with the biggest play of the game, catching a tipped pass for an interception. His interception progressed him into a star in the making. The Eagles have had a tough time stopping the pass this season, and holding one of the best wide receiving corps to no 100 yard receiver is a feat on its own. 

After this win, the Eagles boosted their chances at making the playoffs. With this second win over the Cowboys even though they have the same record, they swap spots  in the NFC East standings. With two games in the season, it will be interesting to see how much the standings change. The Eagles final two opponents are the Buccaneers and the Giants, both of which are competing for that 7th and final seed. If the Eagles want to keep their current spot, they will need to beat both of these teams. When Coach Skellington was asked about the need to win out his response was, “ We are taking each game one at a time, and we are focused on our next opponent, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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