Eyes on the Wildcard: Week 15
The Eagles return to action against the Washington Football Team as they look to pick up form as the season heads into the business end. However, the game will be played on a Tuesday night due to a COVID outbreak in the Washington camp. Despite that, there is plenty at stake on Sunday and a lot to look out for.
5th seed- LA Rams 9-4
The Rams all but secured a playoff spot with their massive win over the Arizona Cardinals. Due to that win, they will now be looking up at potentially securing the first seed as opposed to looking down at the trap door. They are one game off the Cardinals and the first seed and face the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday night.
6th seed- San Francisco 49ers 7-6
After their overtime victory in Cincinnati, the 49ers jumped into the sixth seed, giving themselves quite the advantage because of their wins over some of the chasing pack. However, their match against the Atlanta Falcons will have huge playoff implications. A win would more than likely book their playoff place, but a win for Atlanta would move them above the 49ers in the playoff seeding and could cause utter chaos.
7th seed- Washington Football Team 6-7
The Football Team have been ravaged by COVID. Having lost to the Cowboys in Week 14, they could not pull away from the Eagles, meaning their meeting will be huge. However, that game will now be played on Tuesday due to the NFL's ruling to reschedule the match. There will be plenty of uncertainty as to who will be playing quarterback and every other position. However, Washington will be boosted by the fact that they will be getting many of their defensive linemen back. That could become a key factor on Tuesday night.
In the Hunt:
Minnesota Vikings 6-7: The Vikings got their season back on track in their huge win over the Pittsburgh Steelers and will be hoping to continue as they face the lowly Chicago Bears. The Bears are all but out of the playoff race, but could play huge spoils by winning and providing a huge assist for the Eagles. However, it is hard to look beyond Minnesota in this matchup.
Philadelphia Eagles 6-7: The Eagles will now have to play on Tuesday due to the Washington COVID fiasco, and it will likely be at a disadvantage to them by having a short week as they face the Giants on Sunday. However, there will be question marks surrounding the Eagles starters, with Jalen Hurts' ankle still causing him issues. The extra couple of days could be crucial in determining if he is good to start against Washington.
Atlanta Falcons 6-7: The Falcons could be the surprising name in the playoff spots this Sunday evening. A win over the 49ers would put them above San Fran and could lead to utter chaos in the final weeks of the wildcard race. Atlanta has been very up-and-down all season, and it does seem like a surprise for them to still be in the fight for a wildcard spot. A win would put them right in the middle of it, but a loss could be detrimental for their playoff dreams due to their head-to-head record with some of the teams above them.
New Orleans Saints 6-7: It is a do or die weekend for the Saints as their playoff dreams hang by a thread. They snapped their five-game winless run against the New York Jets, but their Sunday Night Football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be considerably tougher. A loss to the Buccaneers would put the Saints on the brink of needing to win out and hope for results to go their way. Losses to the Falcons and Eagles make things more awkward for them. However, a surprising win over the Bucs would make everybody stand up.
The Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers will need a mini-miracle to backdoor a Wildcard spot as they both sit on a 5-8 record. The Seahawks have come into a mini resurgence over the last couple of weeks but will face a very difficult task in the LA Rams for their rearranged game on Tuesday night. The Panthers face a tough Buffalo Bills team in desperate need of a victory. With so many of the teams with better records facing off against one another down the stretch, it is hard to imagine either team making it into the post-season.