Here are some things to keep an eye on as the Eagles take on the Vikings Sunday night.
Sunday will be the last chance for Eagles players to make their case for being chosen to the Pro Bowl. Quarterback Michael Vick, kicker David Akers, and cornerback Asante Samuel should be shoo-ins. But wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, running back LeSean McCoy, defensive end Trent Cole, defensive tackle Antonio Dixon, and tackle Jason Peters also deserve serious consideration. Pro Bowl teams will be announced on Tuesday.
No blocking dummies
It's not as sexy as scoring a touchdown or breaking off a long run, but the Eagles' skill-position players have become sound blockers. Maclin and McCoy are as good as any at their respective positions at doing one of the lesser-liked duties. Focus on one or the other during the game when he isn't getting the ball.
Cole gets double-teamed seemingly as much as any defensive end in the league, but it's difficult to determine if this has attributed to his recent dry spell. Cole hasn't had a sack in the last three games and has gone five of the last six games without taking down a quarterback. Could he just be tired?
Farewell to Favre?
Brett Favre is beat up (again), but Vikings coach Leslie Frazier wouldn't completely rule him out. Does Favre try to come up with one last piece of drama and play against Andy Reid, who briefly coached him in Green Bay?
Two weeks ago it was the plunge. Last Sunday he romped along the Giants' goal line. If Jackson has another big play Sunday, does he add to his end-zone mix tape? He says he won't stop being himself.
The Eagles have emerged through a rough stretch of their schedule, and Vick is more or less in one piece. Facing a weak opponent, do the Eagles throw less or leave in more blockers to help their star quarterback heal before the playoffs?
Seventh-round picks Jamar Chaney and Kurt Coleman will be making the second starts of their careers Sunday and probably will play big roles as the team moves into the playoffs. How do they develop and handle the challenge now that teams have had a chance to scout them?
Does it get easier?
The Eagles have faced fourth-quarter deficits in each of their last five games. Can they break that streak and win big against a team with nothing to play for?
- Jeff McLane and Jonathan Tamari