The defending Super Bowl champions are back in the playoff race.
The Eagles, who were left for dead a couple weeks ago, now have a very clear path to the playoff: Win out and they win the NFC East. Of course, that won’t be easy: Their four remaining games are at Dallas, at L.A. Rams, home against the Texans and at Washington. But they at least have a chance, and would probably make the playoffs if they even win three of their last four.
Here’s how the playoff picture looks through Week 13:
1. Rams (11-1): They have an easy schedule the rest of the way and a good chance of finishing ahead of the Saints in the standings.
2. Saints (10-2): Still the favorites to earn a bye week, but now they have an uphill climb to home-field advantage.
3. Bears (8-4): The inside track to the No. 3 seed, but the loss to the Giants hurt.
4. Cowboys (7-5): All alone in first place in the NFC East.
5. Seahawks (7-5): The Seahawks are looking like a likely playoff team, in a season some saw as a rebuilding year.
6. Vikings (6-5-1): At Seattle on Monday night is a huge one in the wild card race.
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7. Panthers (6-6): Carolina is in a tailspin, but the Panthers still own the head-to-head tiebreaker over Philadelphia.
8. Eagles (6-6): Sunday’s game in Dallas is enormous: Win and they’re the favorites in the NFC East, lose and they’re almost certainly not making the playoffs.
9. Washington (6-6): They once had a big lead in the NFC East, now they’re in third place and have Mark Sanchez at quarterback.
10. Buccaneers (5-7): Jameis Winston is finally playing well, but is it too late to save Dirk Koetter’s job?
11. Packers (4-7-1): Another loss cost Mike McCarthy his job.
12. Falcons (4-8): This season has been a major disappointment.
13. Giants (4-8): Playing better, but still stuck in last place in the NFC East.
14. Lions (4-8): Matt Patricia has already lost more games this year than Jim Caldwell lost in either of the last two years.
15. Cardinals (3-9): Showed some progress by winning in Green Bay.
16. 49ers (2-10): The worst team in the NFC.