PHILADELPHIA -- All the preseason hype about the Eagles' potential is gone. They're just trying to salvage the season at this point.
Since 1978 when the NFL went to a 16-game regular-season schedule, Philadelphia has been 3-5 or worse after eight games six times.
Each of the previous five times ended without a trip to the playoffs.
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In 1991, Rich Kotite's first year as coach, the Eagles started 3-5 and had lost quarterback Randall Cunningham for the season. The league's top-ranked defense rallied to a 10-6 finish, but it wasn't enough to reach the postseason.
In 2007, Reid's team began 3-5 and finished 8-8.
This is the sixth time. Will it end any differently?
What the Eagles need to do is win at least six of their final eight games to reach 9-7 and hope that's good enough to win the NFC East. They might need to win seven of their final eight to get to 10-6, and that loss can't come against the first-place New York Giants (6-2) in two weeks at Met Life Stadium.
As far as a wild-card berth goes, the Eagles aren't in a good position with head-to-head losses to two other NFC wild-card hopefuls, Atlanta and Chicago.
Over the final eight weeks, the Eagles play five teams who are .500 or worse and three who are better than .500.
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