Now that the Skins’ season is over* there is one thing left for us to root for: schadenfreude. I’ve taken the liberty of breaking down the ways in which the Eagles, Cowboys and Ravens (their fans have forced me into hating them a good deal) miss the postseason.
Eagles: Lose one of their last two (preferably to the Skins this Sunday) and they’re out no matter what else happens.
Cowboys: Lose to either Baltimore this week OR Philly next week AND Tampa and Atlanta win-out.
Ravens: Lose to either Dallas this week OR Jacksonville next week AND New England wins out and Miami beats K.C. this week.
So, in order for all three to be left out, we want the Eagles to lose this week (obvs), Dallas to beat Baltimore (I know, it’s tough to root for them, but ends justify means), and then the Eagles to beat the Cowboys next week. All of this while rooting hard for Tampa, Atlanta, New England and Miami, all of whom will be favored in their final two games.
It is also nice that this Sunday’s game still means something. That, of course, being the opportunity to ruin Philly’s season.
*Not mathematically over. Here’s a very simple explanation of how they get in: The Skins must win their last two AND have Philly, Tampa, Atlanta all lose their last two and Chicago must lose one of its last two. Easy.