It's Eagles/Dallas this Sunday. No matter what happens in the 1pm games this game will have playoff implications, although maybe not for the Eagles. The Eagles will have what is basically a play in game if the following happens.
The Bears or Vikings lose (one of these teams will win the NFC North)
No matter what happens in those games, if Dallas wins they're in. So at the very least the Eagles should be motivated to keep the rivals Cowboys out of the postseason.
But where are the fans? This could very well be the last game of the season for us. It could be last game for players like Brian Dawkins, Jon Runyan, Tra Thomas, and even Donovan McNabb. There's always a chance this could be the last game Andy Reid is on the sidelines.
Despite the fact that for those reasons the game could be as momentous as any years... I'm not feeling the same excitement for an Eagles/Cowboys matchup as usual. Last week's dissapointment, the unlikely playoff chances, the Christmas holiday being smack dab in the middle of the week... all have conspired to suck some of the anticipation out of the weekend.
For me personally, all the holiday traveling and what not hasn't given me much of a chance to think about football. That said, it's over now and it's just about football time.
What is your level of excitement for this weekend?