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Here are the teams you should be rooting for ... and against.

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The ninth Sunday of the 2019 NFL season is upon us. Here’s a Philadelphia Eagles focused rooting guide for all of the Week 9 games.

EAGLES GAME

CHICAGO BEARS at PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: The Eagles have the most to gain (or lose) of any NFC team this week, playoff leverage wise. Just win, Eagles.

NFC EAST

WASHINGTON at BUFFALO BILLS: All Washington achieves by winning is screwing up their position in the 2020 NFL Draft. Might as well root for that to happen. Root against the Bills.

DALLAS COWBOYS at NEW YORK GIANTS: The Eagles usually can’t count on the Giants to help them out by beating the Cowboys. Might that change now with Daniel Jones under center instead of Eli Manning? The Eagles will hope so. A Philadelphia win combined with a Dallas loss would give the Birds a 0.5 game lead in the NFC East. Also would be good to see the Giants hurt their draft positioning. Root against the Cowboys.

NFC TEAMS

MINNESOTA VIKINGS at KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: Easy call to root for the AFC team over the NFC team. Don’t let us down, Andy. Root for the Chiefs.

TENNESSEE TITANS at CAROLINA PANTHERS: Easy call to root for the AFC team over the NFC team. Root for the Titans.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS at SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: Seattle is obviously a much bigger threat to the Eagles in the NFC playoff picture. Root for the Bucs.

DETROIT LIONS at OAKLAND RAIDERS: Easy call to root for the AFC team over the NFC team. Root for the Raiders.

GREEN BAY PACKERS at LOS ANGELES CHARGERS: The 7-1 Packers aren’t missing the playoffs, especially given the way Aaron Rodgers is playing lately. I think it’s preferable to see the 49ers and the Packers clinch the top two seeds as opposed to the Saints getting in there. The Eagles have proven they can win at Lambeau, albeit by a thread. Winning in the Superdome seems more daunting. Root for the Packers.

DRAFT PICK WATCH

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS at BALTIMORE RAVENS: The Eagles own the Patriots’ 2020 fifth-round pick due to the Michael Bennett trade. It’s very likely going to be a late fifth but it’s always easy to cheer for the Pats to lose anyway. Root for the Ravens.

WHAT’S LEFT

HOUSTON TEXANS at JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: If you want to see Nick Foles get his starting job back in Week 11, you’ll want Gardner Minshew struggle in a loss here. But such a defeat would significantly hurt Jacksonville’s playoff chances. Root for the Jaguars.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS at PITTSBURGH STEELERS: Easy to root for Frank Reich. Root for the Colts.

NEW YORK JETS at MIAMI DOLPHINS: Don’t want Washington to get ahead of the Dolphins in the draft order. Root for the Jets.

CLEVELAND BROWNS at DENVER BRONCOS: The Broncos are more likely to draft a quarterback so might as well root for them to be ahead of Washington in the draft order. Root for the Browns.

BYE WEEK

Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints