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Eagles eligible for 'Hard Knocks', London game in 2016

The knocks keep coming.

The knocks keep coming.

As long as Chip Kelly remains head coach of the Eagles in 2016, which at this point seems likely, his dysfunctional team will be in the running to participate in the intrusive HBO sports reality series "Hard Knocks", and could qualify to play a game in London, according to multiple reports.

The provocative documentary series, which follows one of the 32 NFL teams and its various personalities in the run-up to the regular season, isn't popular with the league's notoriously secretive coaches. But the NFL wields the authority to force teams that meet a certain criteria to open up their locker rooms to the HBO cameras, as first reported by The Philly Voice.

The qualifications: the team didn't make the playoffs in two consecutive seasons, didn't hire a new coach, and hasn't appeared on the show in last 10 years.

After losing to the Washington Redskins 38-24 Saturday night, the Eagles solidified its second season without a playoff appearance, and did so in Chip Kelly's third season. The Eagles have never appeared on the program previously.

The other eligible teams, potential coaching changes not excluded, include: Bears, Bills, Browns, Buccaneers, Chargers, Giants, Jaguars, Raiders, Rams, Saints, Titans and 49ers.

And with a loss to the Giants this Sunday, the Eagles would be forced to travel to London to play the St. Louis Rams in week 7, according to CBS Philly.

The Rams, which play in the NFC West division, are slated to "host" a team from the NFC East division that finishes in the same slot in the final standings. If the Eagles lose, they'll finish the season 3rd place in their division, the same as the Rams.

If the Eagles win, they avoid traveling across the pond, but will end up with a lower pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

So, go Eagles?