Philadelphia Eagles: Taking a Closer Look at the Battle for the NFC East

Mike BurkeCorrespondent IDecember 6, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 21:  LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles gets tripped up by Barry Cofield #96 of the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on November 21, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
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Coming into the 2010 season, there weren’t many people who thought the Eagles would be 8-4 at this point. However, there are a lot of things that happened so far this season that no one could have seen coming.

With the Eagles' current standing, they have a great shot at heading into the playoffs as the NFC East champions. It’s still a two-team race, though, so let’s take a closer look at how things might play out over the next month.

First, let’s take a look at the remaining schedules for both the Eagles and Giants.


Philadelphia Eagles
12/12 – at Dallas Cowboys (4-8)
12/19 – at New York Giants (8-4)
12/26 – vs Minnesota Vikings (5-7)
1/2 – vs Dallas Cowboys (4-8)


New York Giants
12/12 – at Minnesota Vikings (5-7)
12/19 – vs Philadelphia Eagles (8-4)
12/26 – at Green Bay Packers (8-4)
1/2 – at Washington Redskins (5-7)


Both teams will have to play each other again, and both teams still have to play the Vikings. Outside of those two games, the Eagles will play the Cowboys twice while the Giants have to take on the Packers at Lambeau Field and finish out the year by traveling to Washington.

Comparing the two schedules, the Eagles definitely have the advantage. However, it’s been a crazy year in the NFL, and we’ve seen that nothing can really be guaranteed.

The biggest remaining game for both teams will be the head-to-head matchup on December 19th. Although the teams have already played, it’s hard to give one or the other the upper hand.

The Eagles came away with the win in the first matchup, but they will be the visiting team this time around. Also, the first matchup was much closer than the 10-point differential indicated. After the Eagles led the entire game, the Giants took their first lead early in the fourth quarter.

Behind the heroics of LeSean McCoy, the Eagles were able to get the lead back and secure it when Eli Manning turned the ball over on a fumble.

The rematch promises to be just as entertaining. It’s no guarantee that the winner of the rematch will win the division, but it will surely be a huge step in the right direction.

For the Eagles, taking care of the Cowboys will be just as important as beating the Giants. The Eagles were absolutely embarrassed by the Cowboys last year two weeks in a row and had their season ended in Dallas.

The Cowboys don’t seem to be as strong as they were last year, but they have been rallying behind their new coach Jason Garrett. They are 3-1 since he took over and could have easily won the game they lost.

However, as I look at the remainder of the Eagles schedule, the matchup with the Giants is the only game I have a real concern about. They’ll need to bring their A-game for this one, and if they do, they should be able to enter the playoffs as the NFC East champions.