Philadelphia Eagles Down but Not Out: Birds Still Have Real Shot at Playoffs

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Philadelphia Eagles Down but Not Out: Birds Still Have Real Shot at Playoffs
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We've heard it all before. "Even at 4-7, the Philadelphia Eagles are not mathematically eliminated." To most Eagles fans now though, the thought of the Eagles making the playoffs is a laughable statement.

How could this team make a run now? After all the disappointment? All the underperformance?

Simple: The Eagles face a favorable schedule ahead of them. Their remaining opponents consist of the Seahawks, Dolphins, Jets, Cowboys and Redskins. It may be unthinkable, but it is not impossible for the Eagles to win out and end their season 9-7.

Stranger things have happened before in this league. Andy Reid is known for his late-season postseason runs. In 2009, he led the Eagles on a six-game winning streak to clinch a playoff spot at 11-4, before falling to Dallas in the season finale. In 2008, he led the Eagles on a 4-1 run following a 5-5-1 record, to finish at 9-6-1 and with a playoff spot. Even in 2007, when the Eagles missed the postseason, he finished the season on a four-game winning streak and barely out of reach of the playoffs.

If, and only if, Andy Reid can rally his team in the late season, as he has done so many times in the past, could the Eagles finish 9-7. And only at 9-7 would the Eagles have a shot.

But would 9-7 even be enough for the Eagles to make the postseason? Actually, this season, it very well might be.

If the Eagles can find their way to 9-7 and take advantage of a favorable schedule, many events are likely to occur to allow the Eagles to slip into a wild-card spot. They are as follows...

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