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Another Must Win For Eagles

History says Eagles need to win Sunday night.

Another Must Win For Eagles

(David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
(David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

How important is Monday Night's Game for the 3-4 Eagles. If NFC East history means anything, it is very important.

Since the NFL went to a 16-game season in 1978, no 3-5 team has ever come back to win the NFC East. And only two 4-4 teams have been able to do so — the 1988 and 2006 versions of your Birds.

Below are the how those two teams stood in the division each week of their seasons: 

1988 EAGLES
   Wk.   Opponent Result      W-L       Pos.    GA/GB
1 at Buccaneers     W 41-14 1-0 t-1st
2 Bengals L  24-28 1-1 t-1st
3 at Redskins L  10-17 1-2 t-3rd -1.0
4 at Vikings L  21-23 1-3 5th -1.0
5 Oilers W 32-23 2-3 t-3rd -1.0
6 Giants W 24-13 3-3 t-2nd -1,0
7 at Browns L    3-19 3-4 t-4th -1.0
8 Cowboys W 24-23 4-4 t-3rd -1.0
9 Falcons L  24-27 4-5 4th -2.0
10 Rams W 30-24 5-5 t-4th -2.0
11 at Steelers W 27-26 6-5 t-3rd -1.0
12 at Giants    (ot) W 23-17 7-5 t-1st
13 Cardinals W 31-21 8-5 t-1st
14 Redskins L  19-20 8-6 2nd -1.0
15 at Cardinals W 23-17 9-6 2nd -1.0
16 at Cowboys W 23-  7 10-6 t-1st
 
2006 EAGLES
Wk. Opponent Result W-L Pos. GA/GB
1 at Texans W 24-10 1-0 1st +1.0
2 Giants (ot) L  24-30 1-1 t-1st
3 at 49ers W 38-24 2-1 1st +0.5
4 Packers W 31-  9 3-1 1st +0.5
5 Cowboys W 38-24 4-1 1st +1,5
6 at Saints L  24-27 4-2 1st +0.5
7 at Buccaneers L  21-23 4-3 2nd -0.5
8 Jaguars L    6-13 4-4 3rd -1.5
9 Bye   4-4 t-2nd -2.0
10 Redskins W 27-  3 5-4 t-2nd -1.0
11 Titans L  13-31 5-5 2nd -1.0
12 at Colts L  21-45 5-6 3rd -2.0
13 Panthers W 27-24 6-6 t-2nd -2.0
14 at Redskins W 21-19 7-6 t-2nd -1.0
15 at Giants W 36-22 8-6 2nd -1.0
16 at Cowboys W 23-  7 9-6 t-1st
17 Falcons W 24-17 10-6 1st +1.0
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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