The Eagles need to avoid “the trap” on Sunday “Trap games.” Man , do they suck. There are times during every team’s season in which they are faced with games in which they come upon an inferior opponent and, to everyone’s surprise, come out flat and lose to a team they should have beaten. In many of those cases, that contest comes just ahead of a game that is perceived to be a much more important game the following week, usually against a tough divisional foe or another elite team against which there is some sort of rivalry.This Sunday, the Eagles are four-point favorites as they head into Tennessee to take on a 2-1 Titans team that has a solid and tricky defense, but an offense that struggles to score points. As the defending Super Bowl champions and a team with a very real chance to repeat, this is a game on the schedule that most of us penciled in as a “win” before training camp even began. Oddsmakers clearly believe the Birds are the superior team, and yet, this feels like one the Eagles could very easily lose.This is a textbook “trap game Brandon Brooks Jersey ,” kids.The Titans are an AFC opponent, and one they don’t see all that often. In fact, the last time the Eagles played Tennessee was in 2014 when the Eagles blew them out at Lincoln Financial Field 43-24. The last time the Eagles were in Tennessee was in 2010, when they lost 37-19. They are not familiar with this team, and there is no burning rivalry here. Second, this is a road game, although new Titans head coach Mike Vrabel has been urging their fans to actually, you know, show up at this game so as not to make it a pro-Eagles venue. Nevertheless, it’s an away game, which means the Birds will be out of their element a bit. This is also a very easy team to take lightly. While Tennessee did make the playoffs last year, going 9-7 Authentic Jordan Hicks Jersey , and while they did actually win a playoff game against the Chiefs, they were not an overly impressive team. They have a quarterback in Marcus Mariota who struggles to put points on the board. They are a grind-it-out team that likes to run, and they do absolutely nothing sexy. It is very easy to be lulled to sleep by teams like this.Finally, the Eagles have a huge match-up in two weeks as they welcome the Minnesota Vikings back to Philadelphia in a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship Game.It is a game that could have huge implications in the NFC playoff picture as things get tight down the stretch, whereas playing an AFC team doesn’t mean a whole lot in terms of tie-breakers until you get down to record against common opponents. The Eagles also have their first divisional match-up the week after that against the New York Giants on a Thursday night in Jersey.Those are most of the ingredients that make up a classic NFL trap game. The only ones missing are making a cross-country trip and playing on a short week, neither of which apply here. Nevertheless, this is the type of game a lot of teams look past. One of the most remarkable parts of last year’s run to the No. 1 seed in the NFC was that they didn’t fall victim to a single trap game all season long, and there were opportunities to do so.They could have fallen into the trap of losing to a bad Cardinals team at home just four days ahead of a Thursday night match-up against the Panthers in Carolina, but instead they demolished Arizona 34-7. They also then beat the Panthers 28-23 that following Thursday night. They could have lost at home to a brutal Bears team the week after crushing the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football 37-9, but instead they whooped up on Chicago in Philly 31-3.Was their loss to the Seahawks in Seattle the following week a “trap game?” Not really, as Seattle appeared to be a playoff contender at the time, with Russell Wilson looming as a real and potential threat. The Eagles simply got beat by a quarterback playing out of his mind that night in a place very few teams have been able to win in recent years.This Eagles team has already shown tremendous resilience this season. If they are able to fight off a spunky Titans defense and manage to escape Tennessee with a victory Youth Stefen Wisniewski Jersey , no matter what it looks like, it will mean they have once again escaped the “trap game” NFL teams so very much dread.Eagles Fans Rooting Guide for NFL Week 5 Games Here’s a look at which teams Philadelphia Eagles fans should be rooting for during NFL Week 5 games.EAGLES GAMEMinnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles: Big game. Eagles win and they’re back on track at 3-2 with a game against New York coming up on Thursday. Good opportunity to get to 4-2 if they don’t mess it up. Dropping the Vikings to 1-3-1 would also be real nice. Root for the Eagles, of course.NFC EAST GAMESNew York Giants at Carolina Panthers: Is it impossible to bounce back from 1-3? No. Do I think the Giants are done, though? Yes. The Panthers could be the bigger threats to Philadelphia’s playoff interests here. I wouldn’t mind the Giants getting a very unimpressive win and perhaps getting a little overconfident before hosting the Eagles on Thursday. Also wouldn’t hate the Giants dropping to 1-4 as a consolation prize. Root against the Panthers.Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans: Dear Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt, please have really great games this week. Drop the Cowboys to 2-3. Root for the Texans.Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints: Seeing the Saints lose wouldn’t be the worst thing but Washington is the bigger threat to the Eagles’ playoff aspirations right now. No brainer to root against them. Root for the Saints.NFC GAMESAtlanta Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers: Root for the AFC team over the NFC team. Root for the Steelers.Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions: Keep Aaron Rodgers away from the playoffs, please. Root for the Lions.Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers: Need the Cardinals to stay winless so they can get a better draft pick than the Giants/Cowboys. Although you could root for the 49ers to look bad and struggle with C.J. Beathard so they panic trade for Nick Foles. Seems unlikely though. Root for the 49ers.Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks have a chance to spoil LA’s undefeated record. Let’s hope it happens. Root for the Seahawks.DRAFT PICK WATCHBaltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns: The Ravens keep winning, which is bad. Need Baltimore to start losing to make that 2019 second-round pick better for the Eagles. Do us a solid here, Baker Mayfield. Root for the Browns.WHAT’S LEFTTennessee Titans at Buffalo Bills: The Eagles’ loss to the Titans would look even worse if they manage to lose to the Bills. Root for the Titans.Denver Broncos at New York Jets: Really need Sam Darnold to start looking better in order to torture the Giants. Root for the Jets.Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs: The Eagles play the Jags in Week 8. It’d be nice to see cracks in Jacksonville’s armor. Root for the Chiefs.Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals: Need the Bengals to stay ahead of the Ravens. Root for the Bengals.Oakland Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers: Who cares.BYE WEEKSChicago Bears: The Bears return to action next week with a road game in Miami.Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Next up for the Bucs is a road game in Atlanta.

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