The Philadelphia Eagles (7-8) flirted with the chance of going to the playoffs, and despite winning in dominating fashion against the Dallas Cowboys last week, Philly was eliminated with a New York Giants win. In week 17, the Eagles are the lucky hosts of the Washington Redskins (5-10), in a game that holds no actual meaning for either team, other than pride. Washington was eliminated from the playoffs after about the first kickoff of the season, and in the last match-up with the Eagles, Philadelphia won 20-13.
For a brief moment, during the Jets vs. Giants game, I was running through all of the possible situations if the latter New York team would have lost. My mind flashed with hopes of the Eagles steam-rolling Dallas and breezing right by the Redskins, clinching a playoff berth and saving the season. Alas, that never happened and the Jets lost in poor fashion, and the Eagles impressive game against the Cowboys was all for not.
Then I realized, playoffs or no playoffs, the Redskins are still a division rival of the Eagles. They still are the team that had a Philadelphia legend In Donovan McNabb, disrespected him, and then ended up trading him for nothing. The same Redskins that have kept competitive with the Eagles in the past. The exact same Washington team that has eliminated Philadelphia from the playoff before. The NFC East Redskins that Philadelphia despises.
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