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Playoff Scenario: Eagles Clinch Home-Field Advantage With Win Over Raiders


Head coach Doug Pederson doesn't need to worry about resting players just yet.

By virtue of the Vikings' win over the Packers on Saturday night, the Eagles still need a win to secure the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage through the NFC playoffs. The Eagles host the 6-8 Oakland Raiders on Christmas night. The Raiders, who left for Philadelphia on Saturday, are 2-4 on the road this season. Oakland is still in the playoff chase but could be eliminated by kickoff on Monday. (UPDATE: Kansas City's win on Sunday eliminated the Raiders from postseason contention.)

Pederson said that he planned to "play our best players and (try to) win" in his final media address before the game regardless of the Vikings-Packers result.

"I think it's important here that they continue to play," he said. "If we're in that position, if we're fortunate enough to be in that position, to rest (players), I'll make a decision at that time. But I think it's important here in these next couple of games that we continue to play."

The Eagles are healthy going into the matchup with three players as questionable - cornerback Jalen Mills, linebacker Mychal Kendricks, and guard Stefen Wisniewski. Mills and Kendricks were full participants in Saturday's practice. Six Raiders are questionable including wide receiver Amari Cooper. Starting defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. is out and starting cornerback David Amerson is doubtful after not practicing all week. Amerson's backup Dexter McDonald landed on the injury report Saturday as questionable with a knee injury.

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