Week 10 produced another mixed bag of results for the Eagles but the Birds were able to gain ground despite not playing. Most importantly, the Vikings beat the Cowboys, allowing the Eagles to move into a tie atop the NFC East. Other favorable results included the Panthers and Rams losing, as each of those teams is also tied with the Eagles now. Seattle's win over San Francisco hurt a bit, and the fact that the Cowboys and Panthers losses came at the hands of the Vikings and Packers added some complications. Still, it was a pretty positive week for the Birds as they rested. With that, let's look at the important games in Week 11.
Cowboys (5-4) at Lions (3-5-1), Sunday 1:00
This one is pretty obvious. With the Eagles and Cowboys tied atop the NFC East, every Dallas loss is huge for Philadelphia. It's hard to get a feel for this Lions team, as it seems like their result each week isn't a surprise regardless of what it is. Hopefully, the good Lions team shows up on Sunday, and with the Eagles playing at 4:25 plenty of eyes in Philadelphia will be on this one.
Broncos (3-6) at Vikings (7-3), Sunday 1:00
This one feels like wishful thinking, but if the Broncos could somehow pull off the upset it would be huge. We're getting dangerously close to NFC North and NFC West teams putting a stranglehold on the Wild Card positions, so a Vikings loss would be quite welcome. Any given Sunday, right?
Falcons (2-7) at Panters (5-4), Sunday 1:00
The records here don't paint a promising picture, but the Falcons are coming off a stunning victory over the Saints and the Panthers have been far from a model of consistency. Hopefully, Atlanta can keep the momentum going and knock off the Panthers.
Bears (4-5) at Rams (5-4), Sunday 8:20
The fact that this game wasn't flexed out in favor of Eagles-Patriots or Ravens-Texans is baffling, but at least we'll have a rooting interest in an otherwise pedestrian game. The hope is that the Bears can muster enough offense to take down the scuffling Rams, keeping the back end of the Wild Card race as jumbled as possible.
The Packers and Seahawks are on a bye.
Obviously, the Eagles surest path to the playoffs is a division title, and that will remain the focus for the rest of the season. But it never hurts to have options, and we will continue to explore those options as long as they remain. So, go Lions, Broncos, Falcons, and Bears.