PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Eagles playoff hopes went out of the window on Saturday night, as they will not participate in arguably the most invigorating tournament in professional sports for the second straight season.
However, their 38-24 disappointing loss to the Washington Redskins, opened two new possibilities for 2016.
First, thanks to another year of playoff-less football, the Eagles may be forced to participate in HBO’s Hard Knocks series.
The riveting show follows one NFL team each year during training camp. The NFL can force any team to participate in the show, unless that team reaches any of these three qualifications (via BleedingGreenNation):
1. Made the playoffs in one of the previous two seasons.
2. Have a new head coach.
3. Have appeared on the show in the last decade.
The Eagles do not qualify for any of those areas, therefore they could be forced to participate in Hard Knocks. We all remember when the Flyers were on HBO’s 24/7 series right? Chip Kelly on Hard Knocks! Yes, please.
Secondly, the Eagles could play the St. Louis Rams in London next season.
The three 2016 London games were announced:
Week 4: Jaguars vs. Colts
Week 7: Rams vs. NFC East Opponent
Week 8: Redskins vs. Bengals
That “NFC East Opponent” is whoever finishes in the same divisional slot as the Rams. The Rams will finish in 3rd place in the NFC West. So, the loser of the Eagles (6-9) at the New York Giants (6-9) will finish in 3rd place in the NFC East, and face the Rams in London in 2016.