The Philadelphia Eagles are 5-1 after a 28-23 statement win on Thursday Night Football against the then 4-1 Panthers. While being dormant this Sunday, the Eagles still managed a few ‘wins’ this weekend in regards to the NFC conference. Heading into the week 6, the Eagles stood a 27% chance to win the NFC according to the Football Power Index (FPI). Then things changed dramatically.
Entering Sunday, The Packers were still considered to be the ‘team to beat’ in the NFC respectively behind a quarterback with a Super Bowl ring and MVP awards, some incredible hail mary’s, and miraculous comebacks in his back pocket, the latest a last-second win against the Cowboys. Suddenly, the Lambeau Leap turned into the Lambeau Weep. Rodgers suffered a broken clavicle (collarbone) against the division rival Minnesota Vikings plunging the hopes of controlling the NFC from 22% to 3%. It’s unfortunate to see one of the top exciting players in the NFL go down, but this certainly opens the door for the Eagles to control their fate.
The Eagles also benefited from The Falcons blowing a 17 point lead against the Dolphins pushing Atlanta’s record to 3-2 in one of the toughest divisions to repeat as champions. The Falcons offense hasn’t quite clicked since former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to the coaching job in San Francisco.
The Dallas Cowboys are tripping over their own feet after dropping two home games in a row. Dallas was on a bye week but now have turmoil in the locker room over the National Anthem controversy and player’s stances, while news broke over the weekend that Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension has returned.
With all the little things adding up, the FPI took notice and awarded the Philadelphia Eagles sizable margin in percentage to win the NFC. With three upcoming home games against teams with a combined record of 6-10, the Eagles have a chance to separate themselves from the pack even more.