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Eagles rooting guides for Week 16 games

Covering both the playoff and tanking angles.

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The sixteenth 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 16 games.

When it comes to rooting for the Eagles to make the playoffs or to get a better draft pick, polling here at Bleeding Green Nation shows that fans aren’t totally on the same page:

So, we’ll take a look at both sides, starting with the more popular option.

TANKING GUIDE

The Eagles are currently set to pick at No. 7 overall. Here’s the entire 2021 NFL Draft order for non-playoff teams via Tankathon:

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES at DALLAS COWBOYS: The Eagles can make sure they’re picking ahead of Dallas with a loss. A must-lose game in this regard. Root for the Cowboys.

CINCINNATI BENGALS at HOUSTON TEXANS: Some might be resigned to the Eagles not being able to catch the Bengals. To that I say you lack imagination. This is likely Cincy’s last winnable game with Baltimore up in Week 17. Root for the Bengals.

TENNESSEE TITANS at GREEN BAY PACKERS: A Titans win and an Indy loss allows Tennessee to clinch the AFC South in Week 16. With not much else to play for, The Titans can then rest their starters against Houston in Week 17. The Texas winning would potentially allow the Eagles to move ahead of them in the draft order. Boom. Root for the Titans.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS at PITTSBURGH STEELERS: As I just explained, need the Titans to clinch the AFC South this week. Root for the Steelers.

CAROLINA PANTHERS at WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM: Need the Panthers to win for the Eagles to get ahead of them. Also need Washington to lose if you’re rooting for Philly to make the playoffs. Root for the Panthers.

ATLANTA FALCONS at KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: Need the Falcons to win for the Eagles to get ahead of them. Root for the Falcons.

CHICAGO BEARS at JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: Probably futile but the Jags winning helps to strengthen the Bengals’ strength of schedule, which is a tiebreaker working in the Eagles’ favor if Philly and Cincy have the same record. Root for the Jaguars.

DENVER BRONCOS at LOS ANGELES CHARGERS: The Chargers winning helps to strengthen the Bengals’ strength of schedule tiebreaker. Root for the Chargers.


PLAYOFFS GUIDE

Here’s the Eagles’ only path to the playoffs:

EAGLES — Beat Dallas in Week 16 and Washington in Week 17

WASHINGTON — Lose both of final two games: vs. Carolina in Week 16 and at Philadelphia in Week 17

GIANTS — Lose at least one of final two games: at Baltimore in Week 16 or vs. Dallas in Week 17

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES at DALLAS COWBOYS: F*** Dallas. Root for the Eagles.

CAROLINA PANTHERS at WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM: The Panthers are only 1-point underdogs in this game. Really need Dwayne Haskins to stink up the joint and deliver a loss here. Time for former Temple head coach Matt Rhule to come through for Philly. Root for the Panthers.

NEW YORK GIANTS at BALTIMORE RAVENS: The Giants are 9.5-point underdogs in this spot. The Ravens should be able to win as they push for a wild card spot in the AFC playoff picture. Root for the Ravens.