The Eagles have clinched the NFC East a season after going 7-9 to finish last in the division.
Philadelphia is one of four teams that could go from “worst to first” this season with the Jaguars (3-13 last year to 9-4 this season), Panthers (6-10 to 9-4) and Chargers (5-11 to 7-6) either tied or in sole possession of first place in their divisions.
If all four win division titles, it would mark the most “worst-to-first” teams in NFL history.
The Jaguars can clinch a playoff berth for the first time in 10 years by beating the Texans (4-9) on Sunday. The Panthers close with the Packers (7-6), Buccaneers (4-9) and Falcons (8-5), but were swept by the Saints (9-4) this season.
The Chargers have a key matchup Saturday with AFC West co-leader Kansas City (7-6) before finishing against the Jets (5-8) and Raiders (6-7).
Week 15 of the 2017 NFL season in five tweets
1. Best in the West
Philip Rivers on Saturday’s divisional matchup with the Chiefs: “These are the games you dream about playing in. This doesn’t win the division, but it certainly helps.”
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) December 13, 2017
While Saturday’s game between the Chargers (7-6) and Chiefs (7-6) won’t clinch the AFC West for either, it will be a huge factor in deciding who’ll win the division. A Chiefs victory would give them a season sweep of the Chargers, but the Chargers are one of the NFL’s hottest teams, going 7-2 since an 0-4 start.
2. Rodgers returns
Aaron Rodgers has been medically cleared to return.
As you would expect, the Packers should get a huge boost from that pic.twitter.com/geWJxrjdDq
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 13, 2017
The Packers get starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers back for Sunday’s game against the Panthers. While the Packers (7-6) hope Rodgers can get the Packers to the playoffs, it won’t be easy with the next two games against the Panthers and Vikings, who have top-five defenses.
3. Sacksonville significance
The @Jaguars are on pace to do something that neither the 1985 Bears nor the 2000 Ravens could: lead the NFL in scoring defense, sacks, and takeaways in the same season
No team since 1970 has finished a season leading the league in all 3 categories, as the Jaguars currently do
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) December 12, 2017
The Jaguars defense has flown under the radar a bit, but it has been one of the NFL’s most dominant units. Jacksonville has an NFL-best 30 takeaways and its plus-14 turnover differential leads the league, too. The Jaguars lead the NFL by nearly two full points in scoring defense and their league-best 47 sacks is six more than the next-closest team. The Jags are also second in total defense and could take over the top spot against the offensively challenged Texans.
4. Record-setting Russell
With one more touchdown pass and 18 more rushing yards this season, @Seahawks QB @DangeRussWilson will become the first quarterback in NFL history with at least 30 touchdown passes and 500 rushing yards in multiple seasons. #GoHawks
— Seattle Seahawks (@seahawksPR) December 13, 2017
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson can not only help his team complete a season sweep of the Rams to take a leg up in the NFC West, but he can put his name in the NFL record book, too. One touchdown pass and only 18 rushing yards should be easily achievable against a Rams defense that is 28th against the run and has allowed 30 or more points three times this season.