The Eagles find themselves in the strange position of not owning their own first round pick but having someone else’s after trading for Carson Wentz and trading away Sam Bradford. So it’s in the best interest of the Eagles for the Vikings to lose out the remaining two games of the season, and for bunch of teams that could leap frog them in the standings to win and get the Eagles closer to having a top 10 pick. With no Eagles game either today or tomorrow, you can watch whatever game you want it will probably have some impact on the Viking’s pick. Currently the Eagles hold the 15th pick. After Sunday, it could be a lot better.
Vikings at Packers
We’ll start with the simple one: If the Packers beat the Vikings, they eliminate the Minnesota from the playoffs, which guarantees the Eagles will get at worst the 19th pick in the draft. Green Bay has won four in a row, Minnesota has lost three of its last four. Go Pack Go.
Dolphins at Bills
The Bills, like the Vikings, are 7-7. The Vikings currently have a much better strength of schedule (Minnesota: .510, Buffalo .472), so the Bills are going to need to have the better record to push the Vikings down. The Eagles need an upset of the Dolphins. Circle the wagons.
Colts at Raiders
The Raiders are pretty damn good. The 7-7 Colts (strength of schedule: .495), aren’t. This one doesn’t look good for the Eagles either, but go Colts.
Redskins at Bears
At 7-6-1, the Redskins are ahead of the Vikings, but they need to win to stay there. Chicago has lost by a field goal to the surging Packers and division leading Lions the past two weeks, so a win against the reeling Redskins isn’t out of the question. Win it WASTEAM.
Bengals at Texans
The Bengals (.513) have won two of their last three, against the Eagles and Browns, and lost by 4 to the Steelers. So they should handle the Tom Savage-led Texans. Should. Who dey.
Buccaneers at Saints
New Orleans (.520) is two weeks removed from losing by 5 to Tampa Bay in Tampa, being at home for the rematch could swing things. Who dey redux.
Falcons at Panthers
The Panthers (.497) are still alive for the playoffs, so they have everything to play for here: lose and they’re eliminated, win and they could draw even with the Vikings, which no doubt weighs heavily on their mind. Superman Lives?
Chargers at Browns
San Diego (.566) is 5-9, so for them to help the Eagles they need to win out while the Vikings lose at least one game and get passed on strength of schedule. Playing the dismal Browns helps. Charge it up.
As you can see, none of these teams play each other, so if the Vikings lose the Eagles are bound to catch a few breaks.