Tampa Running Back Warrick Dunn helped lead the way as the Bucs defeated
the Rams on Monday night.
Philadelphia Eagles' |
Stat Of The Week
The four eagles voted to the Pro Bowl are the most since 1996, when the four
Eagles chosen were: Irving Fryar, William Fuller, William Thomas and Ricky Watters.
Jerimiah Trotter is the first Eagles middle linebacker to play on the Pro Bowl
since 1978, when Bill Bergey made his forth Pro Bowl appearance.
Detroit Win Against Chicago And The|
Season Is Over For Super Bowl Champs.
Now that the playoff picture is clearer with the Bucs victory over the Rams on
Monday night, I will try to explain all the Eagle's possible playoff opponents
in their first playoff birth since 1996. We all now know that the Birds are
also a wild card team and probally host a game on New Year's Eve unless they
lose to Cincinnati on Sunday. The tiebreakers in the conference break down as
follows again, to repeat for those not totally familar:
1) Head to Head
2) Conference Record
3) Common Opponents Record (min. of 4 games)
4) Net Points in Conference
5) Net Points in All Games
Let us assume that in all these scenarios that the Eagles defeat the Bengals
on Christmas Eve. There should not be any other result than a victory for
Philadelphia, but that is why we play the games even when for all intent,
that the Eagles will come out on top. First, if the Eagles do in fact win,
it is certain that our first opponent will come from the NFC Central Division;
either Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Bucaneers or the Detroit Lions.
1) If both Tampa and Minnesota win, we will play at Tampa Bay. Not a favorable
position for the Birds to open up on the road against a very strong defensive
team led by All-Pro Warren Sapp.
2) If Tampa wins and the Vikings lose, then Philly will host the Minnesota.
If this should happen, it would mean that Minnesota would be entering the playoffs
losing three straight to: the Colts, Packers and Rams. The Vikings are also a
domed team who since moving from that old Metropolitan Stadium into the newer
Metrodome, have won only once in cold weather, that was in New York in 1997.
You remember that game when Randall Cunningham led the Vikes a come from
behind 23-22 victory. Of course the Giants were not really good either in
1997. A week later, the Vikings lost to the 49ers who went on to win the last
of their 5 Super Bowls. Anyway, this game should favor the Eagles and with the
current health of Dante Culpepper is in jeopardy, that could spell diaster if
he is not healthy. The Vikings have proved that they are not really a cold weather
team, so a win for Philly here could mean a rematch against the Giants.
3) If Tampa loses, but the Lions lose too, then we would host the Bucs. If this is the
case, I like our chances even more. Tampa Bay has never won when the temperature is below
40 degrees with now, an all-time record of 0-19 if they lose in Green Bay. The
Bucs will come to town and be thinking the hole game, "boy is it cold here in Philly".
You gotta like either of the Vikes or Bucs coming to town on New Year's Eve.
4) And last, if the Bucs lose and the Lions win, we would host a Lions team which
last time came to the Vet when it was cold and mattered, they got hammered 58-37.
Detroit scored 2 late TD's after the game was already decided and many of the
Eagle starters were already resting on the bench. The Lions have won only one
playoff game in 43 years. In 1992, they crushed the Cowboys 38-6 at the Silverdome.
the last time the Lions won when it was cold was way back in 1957, they beat
the Browns in the NFL Championship game 59-14. Detroit would be the most
favorable opponent, especially since they have not proven that they can win
in the cold or even the playoffs at all.
The Rams and Packers are now the teams on the outside. Tampa Bay and the Giants seem
to be the drivers seat. But Tampa has to win in Green Bay to maintain thier elite
status and they have yet to prove that they could win in cold weather. Well, lets
see how the dice roll next week and we go from there. Personally, I would like to
see Minnesota come to Philadelphia. But that is my personal opinion.