A win by the Eagles this Sunday means a head-to-head victory over a team that the Eagles will surely be fighting with for a playoff spot. If 1 playoff spot remains for the Eagles and Panthers this season and each team is sporting identical W-L records the Eagles, if victorious this Sunday, get the nod. Case closed, easy to figure out, no confusing tie breakers.
Look I am as confident as the next Eagles fan about the team this year. I see a record of 11-5 or 12-4. I see an NFC East title and automatic playoff birth. But the Giants are a pretty damn good team themselves so a division title isn't guaranteed. The ticket to the playoffs may have to come via the wild card. And when you start talking wild card you start talking about the entire NFC.
This is why games against the Panthers, Falcons, and even the Saints this season are huge. Each team is possibly playoff caliber. Losses to any of these teams could mean no playoff football in Philadelphia.
Last season's entry into the playoffs most likely used up an eternity of luck for the Eagles franchise. The Eagles need to take care of business on the field this season. Beat the Panthers Sunday (despite it only being Week 1) and the road to the playoffs becomes a bit easier. And yes I'm talking playoffs!