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Eagles still alive in NFC East but have plenty of work to do

If you've counted out the Eagles this season, think again.

Well, don't think too hard. At 4-8, the Eagles essentially are as dead as a diet during the holidays. That said, you might be surprised to learn Philly hasn't been eliminated from the NFC playoff picture just yet.

The Eagles currently are tied with the Redskins at the bottom of the NFC East, trailing the 7-5 Cowboys and 6-6 Giants. Philly has split its meetings with New York and beaten Dallas once, with another matchup to come.

The Eagles must begin their resurrection by winning out to finish 8-8, a rather tall task when you consider they were bullied by the similarly inept Seahawks last Thursday.

The Eagles' remaining schedule includes home games against the Jets and Redskins and road contests against the Dolphins and Cowboys. They will be in Miami on Sunday.

If the Eagles manage to climb back to .500 -- which might be as likely as Juan Castillo returning as defensive coordinator -- they then would need both the Cowboys and Giants to finish with eight wins or less.

"It's a desperation last four games, and we want to finish strong and we know how important that is," Eagles quarterback Michael Vick said Wednesday, according to The Associated Press. "It's unfortunate that we're in the situation that we're in now, but there's nothing we can do about it. The best thing we can do right now is to just win the next game."

Miracles can happen in the NFL, though Tim Tebow probably already used up the league's allotment this season.

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