The NFC East has been wrapped up for over a week so the Cowboys are no longer chasing the Eagles, but they're still watching them intently.
On Sunday at 4:25 p.m., just after the Eagles wrapped up an exciting-but-concerning 34-29 win over the Giants, Cowboys wide receiver Brice Butler tweeted out:
Two hours later, after Fletcher Cox had a chance to decompress from the win that clinched the Eagles a first-round bye, he responded.
Eagles players likely saw how the Cowboys' game unfolded as well. Dallas benefited on Sunday Night Football from that damn touchback rule, winning 20-17 after Raiders QB Derek Carr fumbled out of the end zone in the final minute.
The Eagles are 12-2; the Cowboys are 8-6. If the Falcons lose tonight to the Buccanneers, there will be a four-way tie for the final NFC playoff spot between Atlanta, Detroit, Seattle and Dallas.
However, the Cowboys would currently lose the tiebreaker to the Lions and Seahawks.
The Eagles and Cowboys meet in Week 17 at the Linc in what should be Ezekiel Elliott's second game back from his six-game suspension.
Everyone knows the plan is for Nick Foles to eventually head back to the bench in favor of Carson Wentz.
Apparently, Eagles fans just didn’t care.
Because when the NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales list for the first quarter of 2018 was released on Thursday, Foles was right at the top for all officially licensed merchandise from March 1-May 31.
Here’s the top 10:
1. Nick Foles
2. Tom Brady
3. Carson Wentz
4. Saquon Barkley
5. Dak Prescott
6. Aaron Rodgers
7. Ezekiel Elliott
8. Jimmy Garoppolo
9. Odell Beckham Jr.
10. Derek Carr
That means the NFC East took six of the top 10 spots, which is pretty wild.
But it’s even crazier to think that Foles went from starting last season as a backup to having more products with his likeness sold this offseason than any other player in the league, including the guy whose job he took and who is expected to take it back. He also beat that guy who didn’t catch a pass in the Super Bowl.
We definitely saw a Super Bowl spike in this list, starting with Foles, who led all players in photography products sold. I guess everyone wanted an image of him catching the football on the "Philly Special" or perhaps something with the now famous photo of Foles with his infant daughter. On the previous list from last year (from March 1, 2017-Feb. 28), Foles was at No. 22, so we should have seen this coming. Wentz held steady at No. 3, despite the injury and missing the Super Bowl.
Here’s every Eagle on the new list with their ranking on the last in parenthesis:
1. Nick Foles (22)
3. Carson Wentz (3)
13. Zach Ertz (17)
33. Alshon Jeffery (43)
34. Brandon Graham (N/A)
46. Fletcher Cox (N/A)
The only Eagles player to drop out of the top 50 is Jay Ajayi (45), who is entering the final year of his current contract.
It’ll be interesting to see how long Foles can stay at or near the top of the list, especially if he starts the season on the bench. But based on the way most Eagles fans have celebrated the win in Super Bowl LII, Foles merchandise isn’t going out of fashion anytime soon.
More on the Eagles
On the latest edition of Roob Knows, Reuben Frank reminds fans of how good Carson Wentz is; despite the magical run from Nick Foles, don't forget about Wentz. Alshon Jeffery's impact goes well beyond his statistics. An unbelievable stat on Zach Ertz. And why Brian Dawkins is a truly unique athlete in Philadelphia sports history.
2:00 - Don't forget how good Carson Wentz is.
4:30 - Alshon Jeffery's value.
9:30 - Unbelievable Zach Ertz stat.
13:00 - Brian Dawkins' route to the Hall of Fame.
18:00 - Dawkins is a unique Philly sports figure because everyone adores him.
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