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Final four games of the Eagles' 2016 schedule could be very important

Can the Eagles finish the season on a high note?

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With Eagles training camp set to begin in less than two weeks, let's look ahead to the upcoming season. I'm going to spend the next couple of days breaking down Philadelphia's 2016 schedule into four quarters. As a reminder, click here for the entire 2016 Eagles schedule. We previewed Philadelphia's first quarter on Monday, second quarter on Tuesday, and third quarter on Wednesday. Now let's look at the final stretch, which could be very important. For the first time in franchise history, the Eagles will host all three NFC East teams in Philadelphia over the final four weeks of the season.

Week 14 - Washington Redskins (Dec. 11, 1:00 PM)

Despite going 0-2 against Washington last season, I don't think it's impossible for the Eagles to flip the script and go 2-0 on them. I think a split is more realistic, though. Let's say each team wins their home game for now.

Week 15 - at Baltimore Ravens (Dec. 18, 1:00 PM)

The Eagles last played the Ravens in 2012. Philadelphia defeated Baltimore, who would eventually go on to be Super Bowl champs. The Eagles, meanwhile, finished with a 4-12 record.

The Ravens are 23-25 since winning their last championship ring. Baltimore is coming off a 5-11 performance in 2015. Despite the poor record, there's a case to be made the Ravens were better than it seemed. Baltimore finished 17th in DVOA and "only" ninth to last in point differential (ahead of the 8-8 Colts). The Ravens will be getting Joe Flacco back for this season so they should be expected to rebound. This game won't be an easy one, especially on the road.

Week 16 - New York Giants (Dec. 22, 8:25 PM)

Have I already mentioned that the Eagles own the Giants? (Yes, I have.) I really don't see why I shouldn't predict Philly to beat the G-Men until New York proves otherwise.

Week 17 - Dallas Cowboys (Jan. 1, 1:00 PM ET)

Earlier in this schedule preview series, I talked about how good the Eagles have been while playing in Dallas. Unfortunately for the Birds, the opposite is true for the Cowboys. Jerry Jones' team is 4-0 in their last four trips to Philly. The Eagles haven't beaten the Cowboys at home since the 2011 season. There's no better time for the Eagles to break the streak than this game, but it won't be easy. No matter how good or bad these teams are by this point, a late season Eagles versus Cowboys game is always going to be tough.

What will the final record be?

It's not out of the realm of possibility that the Eagles could sweep their NFC East opponents here. Based on my previous projections, that could put them around 7-9 or 8-8 at this point. That might be good enough to make the playoffs if the division is as weak as it's expected to be.

Then again, this final stretch could be virtually meaningless if the Eagles end up being as bad as some think they can be.

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