Eagles Wrap Up Regular Season With an Exhibition

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The NFL had high hopes that scheduling critical in-division games would make the normally brutally useless Week 17 of the NFL season mean something.

But, with many divisions under wraps and many play off seeds taken care of, Week 17 meant little -- especially in Philly.

The Eagles-Cowboys game this week is about as meaningful as the Detroit-Minnesota or San Francisco-Arizona games.

The Eagles win, lose or draw are the No. 3 seed in the NFC playoffs. And the Cowboys -- much to the delight of Eagles -- are headed to the golf course.

But meaningless doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to watch, even if a ticket to this game is about as easy to get rid of as that nasty winter cold that’s been going around.

First, it should be interesting to see how Kevin Kolb does under center with the vaunted Cowboys rush coming his way.

Second, it should be interesting to see how young players like WR Riley Cooper, DB Trevard Lindley and S Colt Anderson do with increased playing time.

Third, it should be interesting to scoreboard watch. The Eagles, no matter what, host the Wild Card round next week in Philly. But, will it be the Giants, Packers or Buccaneers coming into the Linc?

And finally will Jeremy Maclin get to 1,000-yard receiving mark. If he pulls it off he and DeSean would be the first 1,000-yard receiving duo in franchise history.

And finally, beating the Cowboys means something in Philly -- even if the game doesn't.

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