PHILADELPHIA - The Eagles could vault into first place in the NFC East on Sunday.
The entire division is struggling so much that the Eagles (1-3) could share the top spot if they beat the New York Giants (0-4) and Dallas (2-2) loses to undefeated Denver (4-0).
Eagles coach Chip Kelly wasn't too excited about it, however. He's more focused on helping the team snap a three-game losing streak.
"It's funny you say (the Eagles can move into first place) because I talked to our team about that (earlier this week)," Kelly said. "I was fired up. I called the league office and I wanted to find out when we get the trophy and when the trophy presentation would be. The players started laughing because it doesn't matter if you're in first place in the first week of October. What matters is, are you in first place after (the final regular-season game) on Dec. 29?
"Let's not waste energy and time on the, 'Hey if this happens and this happens and this happens.' You can wish for things to happen or you can plan for things to happen. Our job as a team is to prepare to play the New York Giants."
The Giants are in an even more desperate situation. They are 0-4 for the first time in a non-strike season since 1979. Since the NFL went to a 16-game season in 1978, the 1992 San Diego Chargers are the only team to make the playoffs after losing their first four.
No team has made it after starting 0-5.
"This is a must-win game for us," Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul told the New York Daily News this week. "And when I say 'must-win game,' it is a must-win game."
Once regarded as the most feared division in the NFL, the NFC East has fallen on tough times. None of the four teams - the Cowboys (2-2), Eagles (1-3), Washington Redskins (1-3) and Giants (0-4) - has a winning record. They are a combined 2-10 against non-division opponents. All three Eagles losses - 33-30 to San Diego, 26-16 to Kansas City, 52-20 at Denver - came against AFC West foes.
Better times could be ahead for the Eagles, however.
Their three losses were to teams with a combined record of 10-2. Both the Chiefs and Broncos are 4-0. The next 12 games are against opponents with a combined mark of 16-31 entering Sunday's game. Only Chicago (3-1) and Detroit (3-1) have winning records. Their next two foes, the Giants and Tampa Bay, are both 0-4.
"Our attitude is to stay positive and keep working," Eagles quarterback Michael Vick said this week. "We could easily be in a different situation right now."
To turn the season around, the Eagles need to fix the problems on offense, defense, special teams and the coaching staff. Kelly came under fire for questionable decisions that contributed to the three losses.
Offensively, the Eagles have the NFL's top-ranked rushing offense, averaging 198.3 yards per game. LeSean McCoy leads the league in rushing with 468 yards and Vick tops all quarterbacks with 228 yards. But they have had trouble reaching the end zone. The Eagles rank 11th in scoring with 99 points.
The Eagles are last in total defense, having allowed 446.8 yards per game. Only the Giants (146) have surrendered more points than the Eagles (138). The special teams gave up two touchdowns to the Broncos on a kickoff return and blocked punt.
Yet despite all the problems, they are still in contention.
"Us being 1-3 definitely is disappointing to myself and to the rest of my teammates and this organization," wide receiver DeSean Jackson said this week. "We feel we're a better team. We have a lot of talent here. But now we've got to stop talking about it and just go out on the field and really produce."
Extra point: Eagles safety Patrick Chung was listed as questionable for Sunday's game with a shoulder contusion. If he can't play, rookie Earl Wolff will make his second straight start.
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