The Eagles need to win and get help if they want a chance to make the playoffs.
That help will have to come from the Chicago Bears. The Bears need to beat the Vikings for the Eagles to claim the sixth and final spot in the NFL postseason.
The Bears are still playing for a chance to earn the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye. They need help from the San Francisco 49ers to make that happen. The 49ers need to beat the Los Angeles Rams and the Bears would need to win to move up to No. 2.
The NFL has made sure that all three games will be played at 4:25, so no team has an advantage or disadvantage knowing the results before they take the field.
Bears coach Matt Nagy has already said he plans on playing his starters, knowing that it is a longshot for the 49ers to beat the Rams.
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson and Nagy have a history together. They were assistants together with the Eagles under Andy Reid from 2009-12 then together again with Reid on the staff of the Kansas City Chiefs when Pederson was the offensive coordinator from 2013-15 and Nagy the quarterbacks coach.
On Monday, Pederson was asked if he would call Nagy to wish him luck and maybe give him a little nudge to make sure he follows through and plays his starters all 60 minutes.
“I might,” said Pederson. “Maybe I've done that, we'll have to see. Maybe I've already done that this morning.”
The Eagles-Redskins and Bears-Vikings was originally scheduled for 1 p.m.
With all three pivotal games at the same time, there could be a tendency for players to steal a glimpse at the in-stadium scoreboard.
“We can't control what Washington puts on their scoreboard,” said Pederson. “You know what, I don't think it matters, because quite frankly, our guys are still playing for a lot of reasons. There’s a lot of pride in the locker room. Both games are at the same time, and we just have to focus on Washington and get through that game.”
The Eagles activated receiver Mike Wallace from Injured Reserve on Monday evening. Wallace broke his fibula in Week Two. He signed a one-year contract in the offseason and has yet to record a catch for his new team, though he made one against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before getting hurt, but it was nullified due to a penalty.
Wallace becomes the second player to be activated from IR this season, joining tight end Richard Rodgers, who was activated on Nov. 16 and had his first catch of the season against the Texans on Sunday.
To make room for Wallace on the 53-man roster and cornerback Josh Hawkins, who was promoted from the practice squad, the Eagles released cornerbacks De’Vante Bausby and Chandon Sullivan.
Bausby was pressed into action with the Eagles suffering several injuries in the secondary. He played 61 defensive snaps against the New York Giants on Nov. 25 and on Dec. 9 against the Dallas Cowboys. Against the Houston Texans on Sunday, however, he was on the field for just four special teams snaps.
Sullivan was in a similar situation, forced to play as the Eagles’ injuries piled up. He played 19, 26, and 42 defensive snaps in a three-week stretch from Nov. 11-Nov. 25. He was inactive in two of the team’s last three games.