The Eagles got to sit back this week, get healthy and watch Week 10 of the NFL season play out. What happened was a best-case scenario and a handful of not-so-great things.
From a divisional standpoint, Sunday could not have gone better. The Cowboys, playing without suspended RB Ezekiel Elliott and injured left tackle Tyron Smith, were blown out by the Falcons, 27-7. The Redskins and Giants also lost, so the Eagles now hold a three-game lead in the division with seven games remaining.
A win next week over the Cowboys would just about close the door on the division race for the Eagles. Beating Dallas would give the Eagles a magic number of three with six games left. That means any combination of three Eagles wins and/or Cowboys (or Redskins) losses would clinch the NFC East for the Birds.
That's the good news.
While the NFC East came up snake-eyes, the teams immediately behind the Eagles in the race for the conference's top seed all won their games in Week 10. In fact, the teams ranked 2 through 9 in the current NFC standings all posted victories this week. That includes the Vikings, Saints, and Rams, all of whom are now 7-2, just a game behind your conference leaders.
So while this past weekend was another step toward NFC East supremacy, it also virtually eliminated the Eagles' room for error in their pursuit of the No. 1 seed in the conference. They're still in the driver's seat with seven games to go, though.
Let's enjoy the ride.