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Eagles' playoff chances: Here is what they need to happen on Sunday

Eliot Shorr-Parks
December 16, 2018 - 9:39 am

The Eagles’ playoff chances are slim heading into Sunday’s slate of games.

Those chances are not, however, at zero just yet. 

The Eagles and their fans will have plenty of rooting interests in the early slate of games while they wait for their game to start on Sunday night against the Los Angeles Rams. 

The Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers and Minnesota Vikings are the three teams fans need to be keeping the closest eye on. The Vikings' season is currently in the process of falling apart, as they fired offensive coordinator Jon DeFilippo this past week. Their matchup, even though it is at home, against the Miami Dolphins is not an easy one. The Panthers' season is also slipping away, as they have lost five straight and head into New Orleans to face the Saints. The best game of the day from the Eagles' perspective is the Cowboys at the Indianapolis Colts, although with the chances of winning the division still extremely small, the fans should be rooting far more for a Vikings and Panthers loss than the Cowboys losing in Indianapolis. 

Here are some potential scenarios, and how they could impact the Eagles’ chances at the playoffs, using FiveThirtyEight’s playoff simulator, which currently gives the team a 17% chance of qualifying for the postseason. 

Best case scenario: Eagles beat Rams, Cowboys lose to Indianapolis Colts, Vikings lose to Miami Dolphins, Panthers lose to New Orleans

Playoff chances: 65%

Worst case scenario: Eagles lose to Rams, Cowboys beat the Colts, Vikings beat the Dolphins, Panthers beat the Saints

Playoff chances: 1%

Picking each team favored to win: Eagles lose to Rams, Colts beat the Cowboys, Vikings beat the Dolphins, Saints beat the Panthers

Playoff chances: 1%

Straight upsets (all underdogs): Eagles beat the Rams, Cowboys beat the Colts, Dolphins beat the Vikings, Panthers beat the Saints

Playoff chances: 43%

Wild card chances increase: Eagles beat the Rams, Cowboys beat the Colts, Dolphins beat the Vikings, Saints beat the Panthers

Playoff chances: 65%

My predictions: Eagles beat the Rams, Colts beat the Cowboys, Vikings beat the Dolphins, Saints beat the Panthers

Playoff chances: 39%

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