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Eagles rooting guide for Week 5 games

Sunday afternoon reference material.

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The fifth Sunday of the 2020 NFL regular season is here and that means it’s time to run through a Philadelphia Eagles-focused rooting guide for all of the Week 5 games.

Last week I provided two different versions: 1) a tanking guide and 2) a playoffs guide. This week we’ll just be focusing on the latter since the Birds are currently first in the NFC East.

EAGLES GAME

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES at PITTSBURGH STEELERS: The Eagles can maintain their division lead — and Keystone State supremacy — with a win. Root for the Eagles, of course.

NFC EAST GAMES

LOS ANGELES RAMS at WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM: Washington is currently second in the division despite losing their last three games (lol). Another loss prevents them from getting ahead of the Eagles. Root for the Rams.

NEW YORK GIANTS at DALLAS COWBOYS: The 1-3 Cowboys sure are bad but the 0-4 Giants are even worse. Better for the G-Men to get their first win here. Root for the Giants.

NFC GAMES

ARIZONA CARDINALS at NEW YORK JETS: Better for both playoff purposes and tanking purposes if the Jets win here. Root for the Jets.

CAROLINA PANTHERS at ATLANTA FALCONS: The Panthers are looking like the bigger threat in the NFC. Root for the Falcons.

MIAMI DOLPHINS at SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: AFC team over the NFC team. Root for the Dolphins.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS at SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: The Seahawks are probably going to run away with the NFC anyway. Better off if the Vikings fail to gain ground. Root for the Seahawks.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS at NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: AFC team over the NFC team. Plus, screw the Saints. Root for the Chargers.

WHAT’S LEFT

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS at KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: No impact on the Eagles’ playoffs outlook so root for the worse team to win with tanking in mind. Root for the Raiders.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS at HOUSTON TEXANS: No impact on the Eagles’ playoffs outlook so root for the worse team to win with tanking in mind. Root for the Texans.

CINCINNATI BENGALS at BALTIMORE RAVENS: The Eagles play the Ravens next week. Philly’s strength of victory tiebreaker probably won’t factor into them making or missing the playoffs due to the tie in their record. But that category will improve with the Ravens winning and the Eagles finding a way to beat Baltimore. So, why not root for that to happen anyway. Root for the Ravens.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS at CLEVELAND BROWNS: Same logic with the Ravens scenario. The Eagles play the Browns later this year and it’s better for Cleveland to have the best record possible if Philly’s going to beat them. Root for the Browns.

DENVER BRONCOS at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: No impact on the Eagles’ playoffs outlook so root for the worse team to win with tanking in mind. Root for the Broncos.

BUFFALO BILLS at TENNESSEE TITANS: No impact on the Eagles’ playoffs outlook so root for the worse team to win with tanking in mind. Root for the Titans.