Clayton: Eagles or Cowboys Could Win Division with Six or Seven Wins
The Eagles and Cowboys are a combined 3-6-1 as they enter their Week 6 matchups.
The Eagles are 7.5 point underdogs at home against the Ravens while the Cowboys are a 2.5 point home dog against the Cardinals on Monday night.
Both teams have 11 regular season games left, and both teams have a great shot to represent the NFC East in the NFC playoffs, hosting a home playoff game in January.
The Eagles have a brutal schedule, with a stretch where they face the Browns, Seattle, Green Bay, New Orleans and Arizona, which are a combined 19-5. Meanwhile, Dallas will have a much easier time with two games with Washington, Minnesota, the Bengals, and the Giants. They do face Pittsburgh, Baltimore and a suddenly struggling San Francisco team.
Currently, the Cowboys sit atop the NFC East at 2-3 while the Eagles are in second place at 1-3-1.
"I wouldn't be surprised if the Dallas Cowboys would be the first team in football to clinch a playoff berth," said NFL insider John Clayton of the Washington Post and 710 ESPN.
"It could be the Eagles too," Clayton added.
"If the Eagles or Cowboys go 5-1 or 6-0 in the division, the division is probably going to be a six or seven win division. So with a few teams having three or four wins, the Cowboys or Eagles could get to six or seven wins and clinch."
Both teams have five division games remaining. Dallas is currently 1-0, with a win over New York and Philadelphia is 0-1 with a loss to Washington. Dallas still faces Washington twice and closes the season in New Jersey against the Giants. Philadelphia faces New York twice and Washington to close out the year.
The two teams will meet twice, Nov. 1 and Dec. 27.
"The Eagles are an injured football team and that makes it a bad football team," Clayton explained. "
And they might be so bad that they might not even be able to win a division that could be won with just six or seven wins.