The Philadelphia Eagles are back in action today for the first time since beating the Atlanta Falcons on September 6. The Eagles are off to an ideal start at 1-0 but this weekend could potentially get even better for them. With that in mind, here’s what Eagles fans should be rooting for on Sunday.
Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Hm, tough call but I’d say you should be rooting for the Eagles in this one. Philadelphia can advance to being 2-0 in a very competitive NFC conference with a win. Root for the Eagles to win.
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Washington Redskins at Indianapolis Colts: Do us proud, Frank Reich. Find a way to beat Washington. I don’t think the upset is very likely, but it certainly would be nice to see. Root for the Colts to win.
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys: This is a tough one. But first of all, don’t say you’re rooting for a tie. That’s just unlikely and it’s actually less damaging for both teams to tie than it is for one to lose. Let’s be smarter than that. The goal here is for the bigger threat to the Eagles to lose. With that in mind, I think there’s an argument to be made the Giants actually have a higher ceiling than the Cowboys do. We’ve seen Eli Manning and the Giants inexplicably get hot before. That was a different regime, of course, and I’m not fully expecting them to do that again, but I think it’s at least possible. I think I feel less threatened by the Cowboys considering Dak Prescott doesn’t look good and their coaching staff is even more incompetent than Pat Shurmur’s. So with that in mind, a Giants loss could be preferable. But then again, seeing Cowboys fans lose their minds as their team falls to 0-2 would be pretty sweet. But then again then again, it’d be better for Dallas to fool themselves into thinking Prescott is their long-term answer at quarterback as they top out around 8-8. I’m going to say this is almost a win-win for Eagles fans considering one of these teams is going to face a very big uphill battle after dropping to 0-2. Root against the Giants, I guess.
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Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers: Assuming Aaron Rodgers can return to health, the Packers are ultimately the biggest threat to the Eagles. So a Vikings win wouldn’t be the worst thing here. But if Rodgers isn’t going to get healthy, it’d be nice if the Packers could score an “upset.” Root against the Packers, probably.
Cleveland Browns at New Orleans Saints: As always, root for the AFC team against the NFC team. I like to imagine the Saints dropping to 0-2 while the Eagles advance to 2-0 after beating the team that dropped 48 on them last week. At that point, Alvin Kamara’s line about how the Saints would’ve ‘beaten the shit’ out of the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game would look even more stupid. Unfortunately, I don’t think the Bowns are likely to win. Root for the Browns.
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons: It’d be better to see both of these teams at 1-1 than the Panthers jumping out to 2-0. Atlanta is already less threatening to the Eagles since Philly now has the direct tie-breaker over them. Root for the Falcons.
Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams: Speaking from personal experience, rooting for Sam Bradford to succeed is an exercise in futility. I don’t think the Cards stand a chance in this one but it’d be great to be wrong about that. LA is clearly the bigger threat to the Eagles in the NFC. Root for the Cardinals.
Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears (MNF): The Bears might very well be the better side of these two teams. But after watching Russell Wilson torture the Eagles’ defense for two years in a row, I think Seattle is specifically more threatening to Philadelphia. So with that in mind, a Seahawks loss could be good. Root for the Bears.
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Miami Dolphins at New York Jets: Make the Giants continue to look stupid for passing on a franchise quarterback in favor of a running back at No. 2 overall. Let’s go Sam Darnold. Root for the J-E-T-S, JETS JETS JETS!
Los Angeles Chargers at Buffalo Bills: The Bills seem like a front-runner for landing the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. It’s going to be hard for the Ravens to be worse than them, especially as we saw in Week 1, but it’d be preferable for Baltimore to be worse. Root for the Bills.
Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos: The Raiders seem like a bigger threat to the Ravens getting a better draft pick to send to the Eagles. So here we find ourselves rooting for Jon Gruden again. Root for the Raiders.
New England Patriots at Jacksonville Jaguars: It’s rarely a bad outcome when the Pats lose. Plus it could be entertaining to see Jalen Ramsey talk some trash on Tom Brady if they win. Root for the Jaguars.