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Next Sunday could be a great day for the Eagles and their fans. It could be a NFC East title-clinching day for the Birds, if the Cowboys go down in the early game and the Eagles find a way to beat the Bears on Sunday night.
The day will start with Dallas battling the Redskins. If Dallas loses to Washington, the Eagles will have the opportunity on Sunday night of wrapping up the division championship with a win over Chicago.
If the Cowboys do find a way to beat the Redskins in the early game, then the team that wins next week’s Dallas-Philadelphia game will win the NFC East. In that case, the Eagles battle against the Bears next Sunday night will be meaningless in terms of the NFC East division title.
In other words, if the Cowboys beat the Redskins next Sunday afternoon, it will put Eagles head coach Chip Kelly on the hot seat and he’ll have to make a big decision about whether to play his starters in the Sunday night game or have them sit. If he plays his starters against the Bears and somebody gets hurt, you know what he’s going to hear.
On the other hand, if he doesn’t play his starters and they lose the next week against the Cowboys, people will second-guess him and say the team lost its edge by taking a week off.
If I were Kelly I would sit my starters and most important players like LeSean McCoy and Nick Foles, if the Cowboys beat the Redskins.
In another scenario, if the Skins pull off the upset over Dallas, the Birds will have a chance to clinch the title in front of the nation. Kelly and the Eagles will have plenty of incentive to beat Chicago in that situation because they could wind up with a week off before the playoffs start.
If the Eagles make the playoffs, they’ll be hosting the San Francisco 49ers or the Carolina Panthers.
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