Non-Eagles Rooting Guide for Week 8

Each week during the NFL season, we will publish a rooting guide for non-Eagles games on the NFL schedule. And yes, I realize that most of this is obvious. Ideal winners in bold.

NFC East

The status:

NFC East Record division GB
Eagle 6-1 1:0
Cowboys 4-2 1:0 1.5
Commanders 3-4 0-2 3
Giants 2-5 1-1 4

And here are the NFC East’s most common opponents outside of the division and their previous results:

Common enemy PHI DAL WAS NYG
49ers Loss Loss
Cardinals Loss Win Win
Aries Win
Seahawks Loss
bills Loss Loss
Dolphins Win Loss
Jets Loss Win
Patriots Win Win

On Sunday the Eagles play the Commanders, who will do it supposedly being a seller at the close of trading if they lose. If the Eagles (a) beat the Commanders and (b) also force them to trade good players like Chase Young and/or Montez Sweat in the process, it feels like a double win.

Aries on Cowboys: Duh. The Eagles have a small 1.5 game cushion over the Cowboys, but a 2.5 game cushion would be better. #Analysis.

• Jets on Giants: Even if the Giants just handed over a $160 million contract to Daniel Jones, it’s pretty clear that if they’re in a position to sign a blue-chip quarterback prospect, they absolutely should . If you’re an Eagles fan, you should want them to work with Jones for as long as possible. Therefore, it is best if the Giants win a few games this season so that they are unable to sign a good quarterback. Plus, it would be fun if journeyman Tyrod Taylor looked like a better quarterback than Jones.

Draft pick watch

• Saints at Colts: The Eagles own the Saints’ second-round pick. Let’s cheer this on PFF Mock Draft Simulator! We do five rounds.

• Round 1: Emeka Egbuka, WR, Ohio State
• Round 2 (from Saints): Josh Newton, CB, Kansas State
• Round 2: Javon Bullard, S, Georgia
• Round 3: Bucky Irving, RB, Oregon
• Round 4: Jordan Travis, QB, Florida State
• Round 5: Javon Foster, OT, Missouri
• Round 5: Cole Bishop, S, Utah
• Round 5: Trevin Wallace, LB, Kentucky

Others in NFC

Bengal at 49ers: After crushing the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football, the Niners lost two games to PJ Walker and “Primetime Kirk Cousins.” In each of these games, Brock Purdy hasn’t looked particularly good. Purdy suffered a concussion last Monday night against the Vikings but is cleared to play in this game. A third bad performance in a row would probably make a lot of people wonder if Purdy is turning into a pumpkin.

• Browns at Seahawks: Despite the Niners’ recent struggles, they are still the Eagles’ biggest threat in the NFC. If the Seahawks can steal the NFC West, giving the Niners a difficult path through the playoffs as a wild-card team that would have to win a series of road games, that’s an ideal scenario for the Eagles.

Hawks at Titans: Ideally, someone other than the Saints will win the terrible NFC South.

robber at the Lions: The Lions probably aren’t at the level of teams like the Eagles, 49ers and Cowboys yet, but the teams still on their schedule are a combined winning percentage of .388making them sneaky contenders for the top spot in the NFC.

Vikings at Packers: I actually think the Vikings have the potential to upset certain teams in the playoffs. I also think the Eagles can compete very well against them, making them an ideal team to make the playoffs in the NFC as they are capable of knocking out one of the big boys, but probably not the Eagles. Does this make sense? Yes? NO? OK, whatever.

For future reference

It doesn’t matter who wins these games, but we’ll name the Eagles’ future opponents:

  1. Chiefs at Broncos
  2. Ravens at Cardinals

Irrelevant to the Eagles

  1. Patriots at Dolphins
  2. Jaguars at Steelers
  3. Texans at Panthers
  4. Bears at Chargers

Bye: None. Strange.

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