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Eagles rooting guide for Week 18 games

Looking at NFL playoff picture and draft order implications.

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Week 18 of the 2023 NFL regular season is here. To accompany your viewing experience, let’s run through a Philadelphia Eagles-focused rooting guide for all of the games.

HOW THE EAGLES CAN STILL WIN THE NFC EAST

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES at NEW YORK GIANTS: For the Eagles to have a chance at clinching the No. 2 seed, they must beat the Giants. And then they need help from Washington. Go Birds.

DALLAS COWBOYS at WASHINGTON COMMANDERS: With an Eagles win and a Cowboys loss (or tie), the Birds clinch the NFC East. That result would also serve to damage Washington’s draft position; the Commanders are currently set to pick No. 2 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft. There’s zero chance the Commanders actually win this game. Root for the Commanders.

POTENTIAL EAGLES PLAYOFF OPPONENT

ATLANTA FALCONS at NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: Assuming the Eagles get the No. 5 seed, the Falcons are arguably the most beatable opponent for them. The Falcons will clinch the NFC South with a win over the Saints and a Bucs loss. As an added bonus, the Falcons winning prevents the Saints 2024 second-round pick owed to Philly from getting less favorable for the Eagles. Root for the Falcons.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS at CAROLINA PANTHERS: The Bucs are better than the Falcons. The silver lining to the Bucs winning is that it prevents the Saints pick owed to the Eagles from getting worse. Root for the Panthers.

NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE SEEDING

CHICAGO BEARS at GREEN BAY PACKERS: The Packers have a good chance at the No. 7 seed with a win.

LOS ANGELES RAMS at SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: If you’re resigned to the Cowboys being the No. 2 seed, you should want Carson Wentz’s Rams to lose and drop to the No. 7 seed to potentially take Dallas out in the wild card round.

DAMAGING DRAFT POSITION FOR THE GIANTS AND COMMANDERS

NEW YORK JETS at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: The Pats can potentially get ahead of the Commanders in the draft order with a loss. Root for the Jets.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS at TENNESSEE TITANS: The Jags can potentially get ahead of the Giants in the draft order with a loss. Plus, Doug Pederson makes the playoffs with a win. Root for the Jaguars.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS at ARIZONA CARDINALS: The Cards can stay ahead of the Giants in the draft order with a loss. Root for the Seahawks.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS at LOS ANGELES CHARGERS: The Bolts can potentially get ahead of the Giants in the draft order with a loss. Root for the Chiefs.

WHAT’S LEFT

CLEVELAND BROWNS at CINCINNATI BENGALS: Doesn’t matter. But I will be rooting for the Browns to win the Super Bowl if/when the Eagles are eventually eliminated.

DENVER BRONCOS at LAS VEGAS RAIDERS: Doesn’t matter.

BUFFALO BILLS at MIAMI DOLPHINS Doesn’t matter to the Eagles but this game has big implications in the AFC playoff picture.

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