The Philadelphia Eagles have clinched a playoff spot.

Currently sitting as the 7th seed at 9-7 with a week 18 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, should the Eagles bother dressing their starters in what could be a non-factor game?

 

If the 49ers are able to win against the Rams & give the Cardinals a chance at locking up the NFC West, the Eagles would remain the 7th and would most likely face off against the Buccaneers if they’re able to successfully overcome the Panthers and clinch the 2nd seed early Sunday afternoon. The bad part, is that the Eagles play Saturday night. The rest of the important NFC games that could impact seeding, who the Eagles would play, and who the Cowboys would play, all takes place during their regularly scheduled Sunday time slots.

 

So what’s the move?

 

Well, Mike McCarthy already confirmed that the Cowboys plan on playing their starters in Philly come Saturday night, with noticeable names such as Tony Pollard, Blake Jarwin, Michael Gallup, & Micah Parsons already being listed as Out or Questionable. Good news if you want to watch the Birds stick it the Cowboys and lock them into the 4th seed with a likely matchup against either the Cardinals or Rams. Not great news if you’ve already read what’s happened to the Eagles roster Monday afternoon…

 

On Monday Afternoon the Eagles placed over a dozen players on the COVID-19 list including Fletcher Cox, Dallas Goedert, Jordan Howard, Jason Kelce and Boston Scott to name just a few of the important names that the Eagles could potentially be playing without in Saturday’s game. It’s a good thing we clinched a spot last week, because with this many names out, and many more attached to the normal injury report such as Hurts, Watkins, Dickerson & Johnson, maybe we should rest everyone who is still healthy and see what a practice squad of backups lead by Gardner Minshew can do against the Cowboys starters. I don’t expect it to be pretty, but there’s not much of a point in playing half of our starters in what is mostly a meaningless game when it comes to playoff seeding if it means we can have our guys healthy and ready to tackle our Wildcard matchup the following weekend.

 

However there is one starter I hope to see dressed on Saturday night, and that’s DeVonta Smith who is currently sitting at 875 Receiving Yards. just 37 Yards shy of DeSean Jackson’s rookie receiving record. I’d love to see Smith finish the season with at least one record, so let’s hope he’s suited up and sees just enough of the field to beat the record.

 

Get excited Eagles fans, anything can happen in the Playoffs.

 

Go Birds.

 

 

 

 

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