Saturday update: The Eagles lost to the Cowboys to open Week 18. Philly could still end up either the No. 6 or No. 7 seed.
The Philadelphia Eagles host the Dallas Cowboys in Week 18 and the incentives for each team are decidedly different. Both have clinched a playoff berth, but while the Cowboys can gain some valuable home field advantage potential, the Eagles are settled into a road game as a wild card team and have little chance of hosting any games in the 2022 playoffs.
The Eagles have played coy for much of this week, but it’s a good bet they choose to rest some of their starters. We might see the starters out there in the first quarter, but it would be a bit of an upset if they played all four quarters. The team has made the playoffs but can only be the No. 6 or No. 7 seed.
The Eagles are a 6.5-point underdog against the Cowboys at DraftKings Sportsbook. Dallas is expected to be without offensive tackle Tyron Smith, linebacker Micah Parsons, and cornerback Anthony Brown due to COVID-19.
Relevant games impacting seeding for the Eagles include:
49ers @ Rams
Saints @ Falcons
All seeding possibilities are broken down through NFLPlayoffScenarios.com.
How they can be No. 6 seed
Eagles win + 49ers loss/tie, OR Eagles tie + 49ers loss, OR
- 49ers loss + Saints win
How they can be No. 7 seed
- 49ers win, OR
- Eagles loss/tie + 49ers tie
- Eagles loss + Saints loss/tie