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Eagles as division champions?

The Carson Wentz era begins in Philadelphia. (Photo from Wentz' Twitter feed.)
The Carson Wentz era begins in Philadelphia. (Photo from Wentz' Twitter feed.)

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.

 

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