Eagles keep playoff chances alive with win; Jets next

By Marc A. Greenberg

Nobody likes to play a team that is fighting for its Playoff life.

For the New York Jets, their next opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles, may be their toughest.

With a 26-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins, and with the New York Giants defeating the Dallas Cowboys, the Eagles, at 5-8, and 2 games behind out of first place, have managed to stay alive in the playoff race.  And the Jets can’t be happy.

Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) scores a first half TD against the Dolphins. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Consider this;  had the Cowboys managed to hold on to their 12 point lead with over minutes remaining, they would have a commanding 3 game lead with 3 remaining over the Eagles.  Now, the Eagles have something to play for when the Jets come to town.

“We have a chance,” tight end Brent Celek said. “It does matter. That’s all you can ask for after the position we left ourselves in. We just have to capitalize on every opportunity we have.”

“We’ve been saying this is the start of our new season,” cornerback Asante Samuel said. “We knew we had a good matchup coming in here.”

After the Jets, the Eagles face the Cowboys and Washington Redskins, two teams they have already beaten this season.

“[This win] can do a lot,” quarterback Michael Vick said. “We started out slow, and there were a lot of games that we were supposed to win and we didn’t finish. We got some wins, and we had some losses, and then I got hurt.”