The Eagles were removed from the playoffs last week and therefore will be able to serve better in the long run if they lose to Washington on Sunday.
After week 17, the Eagles hold the number 6 pick in the draft. They can end up with as high as the number 3 or as low as the number 10. That’s a big difference.
Of course, this does not mean that the Eagles will not try to win. There is pride involved. And that was the point of Jim Schwartz on Tuesday.
“We need to have a no-hat rule this week,” Schwartz said. ‘We can not allow opponents to wear Linc section hats. There is a lot of pride in it and all our focus should be on achieving it this week. ”
If Washington beats the Eagles on Sunday Night Football, they win the NFC East. This is something that most Eagles fans probably do not care about.
While the Eagles would certainly be better off losing on Sunday Night Football, that does not mean that the players on the field are going to try to lose. Think back to Jason Kelce’s admirable remarks about tankers in the NFL a few weeks ago.
Sure, the Eagles can play young players and protect some veteran trade assets, but if they hit the field on Sunday, they still have a chance to beat Washington.
And in the end, it’s not great.
According to PointsBet, the Eagles opened as a one-point favorite, but the line has moved since then and as of Tuesday morning, the Eagles are 2-point suspicion. Either way, this is not a slam dunk loss.
Schwartz on Tuesday, citing the focus on the upcoming game, refused to answer any major questions about his defense in 2020. He said these are questions for after the season. When it was pointed out that he had not spoken to reporters after the season since he was here, Schwartz agreed, but laughed it off.
“These are questions after the season and it does not help us to start talking about it now,” he said. ‘We have a divisional opponent coming in who wants to earn a playoff spot on our field. We need to have all our attention on this game. I have too much respect for the guys who are going to be on the field, some of whom are going to play for the first time. I have too much respect for the game to talk about anything other than this game. I apologize for that, but that’s where our focus is. ”
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