Even with Michael Vick leading the fans vote for the Pro Bowl and sitting atop the NFC East, are the Eagles entering a must win game on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys?
No. Must win games are reserved for elimination games only. If you lose, your season is over. Those are must wins.
However, with only six spots open in the NFC and nine contenders, the last four weeks will get intense.
Here are the contestants: Falcons, Bears, Saints, Giants, Eagles, Packers, Buccaneers, Rams, and Seahawks (but they don't really count). It's a shame the dismal NFC West will take a spot from one of the other deserving teams.
The defending champion New Orleans Saints have somehow been flying under the radar at 9-3. Tampa Bay keeps hanging around (fastforward to 2:45) with 7 wins. The Falcons have the best record in the NFC but one of their two losses came at the hands of Vick and the Eagles. The Giants running game will look to carry them through the finish line. Jay Cutler and the Bears have both had major highs and lows, yet managed to defeat the Eagles. Meanwhile, everyone's preseason favorite for the Super Bowl, the Green Bay Packers are leading the league in net points at +121 and have overcome all of their injuries for an 8-4 record. Ten wins should be enough to get in the playoffs.
Here is what lies ahead for the 8-4 Eagles: Dallas twice, New York Giants on the road, and the surging Minnesota Vikings.
Displaced Cowboys from New Jersey, Uncle Dan says, "Dallas is dangerous because they have nothing to lose. They'll go for it on 4th and 1...hoywpt tuehy [SPIT]." Minnesota and Dallas are both 3-2 over their last five games and both would love to play spoiler since the high hopes for their seasons have gone down the drain (and ended up somewhere near the Meadowlands as all waste does).
Even if this season does not end with a playoff birth, any Eagles fan will have to consider the season far greater than they expected.