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Von Miller trade means Eagles won’t have to face him this season

Philadelphia catches a break.

NFL: NOV 05 Broncos at Eagles

The Los Angeles Rams stole headlines on Monday by making a blockbuster trade for Denver Broncos edge rusher Von Miller. The Rams are clearly pushing their chips all in, giving up two Day 2 picks in the 2022 NFL Draft to complete the move. The Rams now have a defense that features Jalen Ramsey, Aaron Donald, and Miller. Pretty crazy.

This trade certainly isn’t good news for the Philadelphia Eagles’ chances of competing for the Super Bowl this year. Of course, that was never a likely expectation anyway.

Still, this trade IS good news for the Eagles when it comes to their chances of making the playoffs. The Birds won’t have to face Miller when they travel to play the Broncos in Week 10. That game figures to be more winnable now.

Playoffs? Yeah, I totally get it. You might not want to hear about a postseason push considering the team is 3-5 and isn’t necessarily back on track just because they roundhouse kicked the Detroit Lions.

But given how the NFC playoff picture is top heavy (unlike the AFC), it’s not unthinkable to imagine the Eagles as a seventh seed. The 4-4 Carolina Panthers are currently in that spot and they’re pretty uninspiring with Sam Darnold at the helm. The other teams right behind the Panthers and ahead of the Eagles: the Minnesota Vikings (just lost to COOPER RUSH), the San Francisco 49ers (Jimmy G ain’t scaring nobody), and the Atlanta Falcons (the Eagles blew them out).

The Eagles have one of the easier remaining schedules in the NFL. On paper, at least. And the Miller trade only serves to help their chances of winning in two weeks.