As most fans know, the NFC East is about as special as a dry hamburger on a stale bun.
So, if the Philadelphia Eagles somehow can be 6-8 or 7-7 heading into their last two games – both at home against division opponents – they can win the NFC East. Yes, an 8-8 record could take the division, while 9-7 should win it.
A game-by-game look at the season:
Browns (home): Defense leads the way. Win.
Bears (away): Coddled in the opener, Carson Wentz gets rocked. Loss.
Steelers (home): Le’Veon Bell still on suspension, which gives the Eagles a chance. Win.
Lions (away): A 50-50 game – let’s go with the Eagles. Win.
Redskins (away): A 50-50 game – let’s go with the Redskins. Loss.
Vikings (home): Sam Bradford returns and gets a well-deserved fan reaction of … apathy. Win.
Cowboys (away): By now, parents in Texas are naming their newborn sons Ezekiel. Or Dak. Loss.
Giants (away): Some like the Giants to win the division. Loss.
Falcons (home): Three difficult games follow this one, so a victory is a must. Win.
Seahawks (away): Wentz runs for his life; let’s hope he survives. Loss.
Packers (home): Aaron Rodgers is the new NFL sheriff now that Peyton Manning has retired. Loss.
Bengals (away): Relatively unknown fact: Cincy has made the playoffs five consecutive years. Loss.
Redskins (home): By now, Wentz should be somewhat competent. Win.
Ravens (away): Alas, Joe Flacco is very competent. Loss.
Giants (home): Three interceptions for Eli – in the first half. Win.
Cowboys (home): Division title could be on the line. Win.
Adding it up: An optimistic 8-8 and a chance at the NFC East championship.
Best-case scenario: 9-7, division champs and Wentz wins offensive rookie of the year.
Worst-case scenario: 5-11 if the Eagles lose the opener and Wentz eventually loses his confidence.
BONUS PREDICTION: Penn State 23, Pitt 20.