This weekend the Philadelphia Eagles find themselves in a win or go home game against the Dallas Cowboys. Even though a loss at home to the hated Cowboys would sting quite a lot, the game itself is still a win-win situation for the team (from a fan's perspective).
If the Eagles win on Sunday, they are likely to win the NFC East. They would then host a playoff game, and Carson Wentz will play in his the first playoff game of his career. He will be turning 27 in a few weeks, and even if the team doesn't make a deep run in the playoffs, postseason experience will be vital for his development. It would also be interesting to see Doug Pederson in a playoff game without Nick Foles, and just how different his approach would be with Wentz under center.
If the Cowboys win on Sunday, they will win the NFC East for the 2nd-consecutive season. With Jason Garrett's job on the line, winning the division two seasons in a row will certainly help his case. If the Cowboys keep Garrett around, they will be sticking with a mediocre head coach and coaching staff. It'll also be fun to see Cowboys fans have false hope for a playoff run. Even though these recent Cowboys teams have had the Eagles' number (Garrett is 7-2 all-time in games at Lincoln Financial Field), they are choke artists in the postseason, and each season without a Dallas champion is a great season in my eyes (and the eyes of many Eagles fans).
In addition to those results for the Cowboys in a victory for them, it might also make the Eagles shake up their staff and roster for the future. A loss could mean the end for Mike Groh and/or Jim Schwartz in Philadelphia. The team could also decide to move on from some veterans on the roster, like Nigel Bradham or Rodney McLeod.
So whether you are an optimistic Eagles fan or a pessimistic one, Sunday's game will result in something positive happening for the Birds. A NFC East crown would be nice though, so let's hope for a win at the Linc for the team in midnight green.