In a potential blow to the Giants’ playoff hopes, the Eagles are resting multiple starters — and may give their third-string quarterback reps — in Sunday night’s game against the Washington Football Team.
The Giants need Philadelphia to beat Washington in order to reach the playoffs.
A Washington loss would give them the same 6-10 record as the Giants, who would then clinch the NFC East and a playoff spot because they hold the head-to-head tiebreaker.
But the Eagles won’t be playing many of their usual starters, including star running back Miles Sanders and wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey.
There were also reports that quarterback Nate Sudfeld, usually the third-stringer, could come into the game in place of starter Jalen Hurts.
Carson Wentz, formerly the franchise quarterback, was ruled inactive, as he and the Eagles may be headed for a split after he was benched in favor of the rookie Hurts.
Unlike Washington, the Eagles were already out of playoff contention entering Sunday.
Losing would benefit the Eagles more than winning because it would help their draft stock. They currently hold the No. 6 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, but could fall to ninth with a win, depending on the results of other afternoon games. Eagles players, however, will be playing for their jobs, and aren’t expected to roll over.
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