The Eagles are now just one win away from the NFC East title and the NFL playoff berth that comes with it. Again, no one trusts Philadelphia to run its business and beat the Giants on the road in Week 17, as it should.
What was a frustrating season is now coming to the end of the regular season for the Eagles, who stayed alive in the NFL playoffs with their 17-9 win over the Cowboys on Sunday. Dallas is technically still alive, but he may not feel good about his chances of reaching the postseason, many (including us) expecting the Cowboys to go a long way.
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These Dallas presidency expectations are part of the fact that Sunday’s loss to Philadelphia is so badly affected, and that’s why Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is back on the shooting line with Black Monday just over a week away.
Including Garrett’s impeccable job security, here are our hits from the Eagles’ season-saving save during the Cowboys week 16.
The Eagles look good in the NFL playoffs
NFC East winner to win seed no. 4 in the playoffs and will probably host the Seahawks or 49ers in the wild card round. Thanks to the Sunday Eagles-Cowboys result, the loser of the NFC West race will probably have to travel to Philadelphia for the first playoff game.
The Eagles just need to beat the Giants in Week 17 to secure the division and seed No. 1. 4. The game is a rematch of Philadelphia’s 23-17 overtime win at home week 14.
Even if the Eagles lose to the Giants, they could still win the NFC East if the Cowboys lose to the Redskins.
Both Philadelphia and Dallas will be favored in Week 17 games, but they are far from locks. The Eagles are on the road against a group of Red Hot Giants (the offense is, at least) who beat them almost in Week 14. The Cowboys are lucky to play at home against an annoying Redskins team.
Jason Garrett will probably not return as a Cowboys coach
We’ve been calculating for weeks that the Cowboys coach had to lead his team to the NFC Championship (at least) to save his job, so if Dallas really lost the playoffs, and if that loss to a former division 500 opponent. in Philadelphia is one of the biggest reasons Garrett should be considered good.
Of course, the Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones won’t have to shoot Garrett if he chooses a coaching change. This is because Garrett’s contract expired when the Dallas season ended. The 53-year-old coach’s lack of expansion was the biggest elephant in a room full of them. Jones’ frustration as the Cowboys have climbed to a 7-8 record in Garrett’s 10th season as the coach seems to rise to the level of a fan base that seems eager to move on from Garrett.
Sunday’s loss to the Eagles was unacceptable to the Garrett Cowboys for a number of reasons, including the absurd amount of injuries that still affect Philadelphia. But Dallas should not have been able to lose the division in the first place.
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The Cowboys, despite the talent pool that led Sporting News to believe they could win the Super Bowl 54, have beaten only one team with an all-time winning record (the Rams last week). Now is an Eagles win over the Giants (or a loss for the Redskins) away from failing to reach the postseason.
Keep in mind that the job of the Cowboys coach is one of the few in the NFL that almost any coach would want. BetOnline already has odds on who will be the Dallas coach in 2020 and the list includes big names like Urban Meyer, Josh McDaniels, Lincoln Riley, Sean Payton, Nick Saban, Dabo Swinney, Jim Harbaugh , Chris Petersen and … Peyton Manning;
Regardless of how many of them would be eligible candidates for the Cowboys job, the point is that Jones will have more than enough options to look for a coach who can manage something better than a normal .565 success rate and get Dallas in. Super Bowl for the first time since 1995.
Garrett was good, but good, as Jones put it, is not “enough”.
The Cowboys have lost Leighton Vander Esch
We understand the irony. The Cowboys, who have been without their asteroid since Week 12, were simply lost to an Eagles team that has been ruled out by injuries. But the negative impact of Vander Esch’s absence cannot be underestimated.
Vander Esch, who was a Pro Bowl rookie last season, played in the Cowboys’ Week 11 win over the Lions for the last time. A neck injury kept him out of the squad and, depending on the results of a magnetic resonance Monday, could keep him out for week 17 and beyond.
Dallas lost 1-4 in the five games it played without the risky Vander Esch, who tried to cover his backs and tight ends in every loss. Sure enough, the Eagles got the second level of coverage for the Cowboys throughout their win on Sunday.
The Cowboys can’t blame their failure on Vander Esch’s injury, of course. Multiple plaintiffs include Dak Prescott’s game against the Eagles, the disappearance of wide receiver Amari Cooper and the often misleading use of star running back Ezekiel Elliott.
But because the NFC East match is now under the final week of the season, it’s not a stretch to say that Vander Esch’s injury will keep Dallas from the playoffs.
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