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1. The Eagles losing to the Bears means it is unlikely they will get a first round bye in the playoffs.
Troy Ballard - Fact - It seems like this loss just about sealed the Eagles chances of receiving a first round bye. The Eagles schedule is looking more and more difficult, and the last thing the Eagles have on there minds is the first round bye. I'm sure that the top priority for the Eagles at this point in the season is just securing a spot in the playoffs.
The Eagles still have one last game against the Giants, and this time around it is in the New Meadow Lands, which is going to be the biggest obstacle in reaching the postseason. The Eagles narrowly picked up the win at home and I don't know if they will have the same amount of success, or luck whichever you prefer, against the Giants in their stadium. This may be the one loss that could cost the Eagles the postseason and it is going to be the biggest game of the season.
Then also the possibly threatening Dallas Cowboys, that are now just playing as the spoiler against the Eagles. I wouldn't be surprised if the Eagles swept the Cowboys this season, but it is still going to be a tough few games just like every other season.
It is going to be tough for the Eagles to win out against the Giants and the top priority should be getting into the postseason, and not focusing on a first round bye.
Darren Grossman - Fiction - I'm not saying they will get a first round bye, but they definitely still have a chance. Let's say the Eagles win 10 games, meaning they go 3-2 in their next 5 games, that seems doable, right?
OK, well, the Falcons get one first round bye. Clearly, the NFC West isn't going to get a bye, so that leaves the North. The Bears still play NYJ, NE, @Green Bay, @Minnesota, and @Detroit....You are telling me they can't go 1-4 in those 5 games? I could definitely see them going 1-4 in those games and finishing 9-7.
So then that leaves the Packers. They still play @New England, plus the Giants. If they lose both of those games, they would have to win their other 3 games to beat out the Eagles. That is assuming the Eagles go 10-6. I see 2 losses minimum for Pack and 3 for Bears, so 11-5 gets you a bye and 10-6 might get you one.