The NFC East has confounded some of the world’s brightest mathematicians all season.
Believe it or not, however, the Redskins could clean up this whole mess with a win Saturday night in Philadelphia. If they beat the Eagles, they clinch the NFC East.
But such a simple scenario would be asking too much.
The Redskins (7-7) lead the NFC East by themselves. But they’ve won just one game on the road this season, beating a Bears team that’s won just one game at home. Kirk Cousins has thrown nine of his 11 interceptions on the road this season.
The Eagles (6-8) lost 40-17 at home to an elite Cardinals team Sunday night, but they’ll bounce back and keep their playoff hopes alive Saturday night.
The idea of winning the NFC East is fool’s gold for Eagles. Doesn’t solve the major holes they have, just shows that the division stinks.
— Kevin Negandhi (@KNegandhiESPN) December 21, 2015
Meanwhile, the deflated Giants will be eliminated Sunday at Minnesota (9-5). The Giants came back from a 35-7 deficit to tie the unbeaten Panthers Sunday, only to lose on a last-second field goal. The Vikings’ last four losses have come against division leaders. They can handle the Giants.
Then it would come down to whether the Cowboys or Giants are better spoilers. The Eagles finish the season at MetLife Stadium and the Redskins close out at Dallas.
If the Eagles and Redskins both win or if they both lose, the Eagles would win the division. The only way the Redskins can win the division in that situation is if they win at Dallas and the Eagles lose or tie at MetLife Stadium. Or if the Redskins tie the Cowboys, they would need the Eagles to lose against the Giants.
There’s a sense that the Eagles got their worst football out of their system when they gave up 45 points in weeks 11 and 12. They bounced back by beating the Patriots at New England. The Redskins don’t have a showpiece win like that on their resumé.
The Eagles’ overall body of work suggests that they have enough talent to emerge from Week 17 with an 8-8 record and the NFC East title.