The Philadelphia Eagles are looking to get back on track with a playoff push in the final three weeks of the season.
The Eagles (8-5) need to win out against their division rivals the San Francisco 49ers (6-7) and Cincinnati Bengals (6/10) in order to have any chance of making a deep playoff run.
As the season continues, it will be interesting to see how the Eagles respond to a lack of games with their starters, and if their struggles continue to get in the way of a playoff run for the second straight year.
Here’s a look at the 10 things you need to know in the coming weeks: 1.
The Eagles will be without All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters, who is recovering from offseason hip surgery.
Peters missed the last two games with an ankle injury, and it appears that he will be sidelined until after the bye week.
It’s a tough spot for a team that had a top-10 run defense and a good running game, but the team has a lot of question marks in the middle.
The loss of Peters is a huge blow to a team coming off a Super Bowl win, and while it was a positive to have the veteran at the center of a dominant pass rush, he also can’t carry the team’s run defense.
The Seahawks will have a difficult time keeping the Cardinals off the scoreboard.
The Cardinals, winners of the past five games, were 4-5 in Week 3 before falling to the Falcons, 49ers and Packers.
That included a loss to the Seahawks in which Russell Wilson threw for three touchdowns and three interceptions.
While it’s difficult to project a schedule without the NFC West title game, the Seahawks have some games they should be able to win.
They play the Lions, Packers, Cowboys and Giants in Week 6 and the Chargers in Week 7, while the Falcons play the Seahawks and the Lions in Week 8.
Seattle has won five of its past six games, but that streak is in jeopardy this week if the Seahawks cannot close out a win.
The Panthers will be trying to get a win out of their bye week, which includes the Panthers’ home opener against the Saints (4:30 p.m.
That will give them a chance to get healthy for the first time in weeks.
The team will likely start Cam Newton (hamstring) and rookie quarterback Cam Ward (knee) against the Chargers, but it’s possible that Carolina’s bye week could also help the Panthers avoid a two-game losing streak.
The Texans have an uphill battle against the Eagles in Week 4, which is when the Colts visit the franchise that drafted them.
The Colts will be playing in a dome that is a perfect venue for the team to win, but Indianapolis is 2-8 on the road.
The defense needs to have a great game against the Falcons and the Eagles, and that will likely require quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to play well against Atlanta and the Browns.
Hasselberg has had a rough season, but he should be back to full health by Week 4.
The Bengals will look to bounce back after an ugly loss to Pittsburgh in Week 1.
They had a great win against the Steelers in Week 2, but they lost another big game to the Jets in Week 9.
That loss gave the Bengals a two point lead over Pittsburgh.
The Steelers then went on to win the division and a playoff game against Cleveland.
The Lions beat the Bills on Sunday night to snap their five-game slide and make it two wins out of three against the Bengals.
The Jaguars have a game against Jacksonville on Thanksgiving Day, and they’ll be looking to improve on a two win season that ended in Week 11.
The Browns play at Jacksonville in Week 10, and the Falcons will be in town to take on the Dolphins in Week 12.
The Rams are looking for their first win of the year.
The St. Louis Rams (6:30 a.m., ESPN) will be looking for an improved showing against the Packers, who are in their first playoff game since 2010.
The Vikings (8:30, ESPN) should be favored by seven points, while Denver (7:30) and Dallas (7 p.s., Fox) are in the NFC North race.
This will be the first playoff meeting between the Rams and the Vikings since 2012.
The Bears are 4-4 against the Rams, and this should be an interesting matchup.
The Giants are looking ahead to their next two games, with a bye week in the last three weeks.
They’ll host the Redskins on Thanksgiving Sunday, and then face the Colts at home.
The Chargers have a home game against San Francisco on Thursday, and San Diego travels to Washington to take care of business against the Redskins.
The Titans will look for a bounce-back week from quarterback Marcus Mariota.
Mariota has been inconsistent and struggled with accuracy in the first two games