Now that the sixth Sunday of the 2021 NFL regular season is here, it’s time to run through a Philadelphia Eagles-focused rooting guide for all of the Week 6 games. This exercise will be especially interesting this year since the Birds have more things to care about than usual due to owning picks from the Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts in the 2022 NFL Draft.
The upside to the Eagles losing on Thursday is that their game is out of the way and now you can enjoy all the remaining action.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS at WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM: The Football Team is currently ahead of the Eagles in the division standings. If you’re holding out hope that Philly can win the NFC East, you want to see Washington lose. Root for the Chiefs.
LOS ANGELES RAMS at NEW YORK GIANTS: The Giants are bad and have a tough remaining schedule. They’re probably not a huge threat to the Eagles when it comes to trying to win the division. The Eagles are helped more by the Giants lucking in to a win and damaging their draft position. Root for the Giants.
DALLAS COWBOYS at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: The sad reality is that it looks like the Cowboys are going to run away with the division. A loss to the Pats would slow their momentum in that regard, if only temporarily. Root for the Patriots.
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MIAMI DOLPHINS at JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: The Dolphins are probably going to win this game because the Jags are truly terrible and over-matched with Urban Meyer as their head coach. The Eagles will hope that Jacksonville finds a way to win. Root for the Jaguars.
HOUSTON TEXANS at INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: The Eagles should hope that the Colts win this game. If Indy continues to lose after starting 1-4, Carson Wentz might be in jeopardy of being benched (or removed with a phantom injury) to prevent the Eagles from getting the Colts’ first-round pick. A win here keeps the Colts thinking they’re competing for the AFC South title. Root for the Colts.
CINCINNATI BENGALS at DETROIT LIONS: The Bengals are currently occupying the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoff picture. It wouldn’t be bad to see them continue to hold that to help prevent Miami/Indy from grabbing a berth. Then again, it would be more ideal if the currently winless Lions weren’t picking ahead ahead of Philly. Root for the Lions.
LOS ANGELES RAIDERS at DENVER BRONCOS: The Broncos have a bigger need at quarterback and are higher in the draft order. Then again, the Eagles would probably like to see the Raiders look like a mess and lose after John Gruden’s exit. Philly plays Las Vegas in Week 7. Root for the Broncos.
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS at PITTSBURGH STEELERS: The Seahawks losing here increases the Eagles’ admittedly slim chances of making the playoffs while also damaging the chances of a wild card spot for Indy/Miami. Root for the Steelers.
BUFFALO BILLS at TENNESSEE TITANS: The Titans need to lose either this week or next to help keep Indy motivated to keep playing Carson Wentz. It’s a fine line, though, because the Eagles don’t want to see the Titans lose their top spot in the AFC South to Indy. For now, one loss is OK. Root for the Bills.
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ARIZONA CARDINALS at CLEVELAND BROWNS: A Cardinals loss moves the Cowboys closer to getting the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Nobody wants to see that Also, here’s to Zach Ertz (who isn’t playing on Sunday). Root for the Cardinals.